The heart and soul of Blue Ridge Literacy is the dedicated cadre of volunteers who give up their time, energy, and expertise to help adults and families throughout the region to develop English literacy skills. BRL is very fortunate to have the quality and commitment of our hundreds of volunteers, and we continue to offer opportunities for service that really make a difference to others and throughout our community.


  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must commit to 6 months of service as tutor; 10 weeks of service as teacher

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED

  • Have no record of conviction for sex offense, theft, larceny, crimes of violence or other offenses that could pose a threat to the safety and/or well-being or a learner

  • Must have a desire to help someone improve their reading, writing, speaking, and/or listening skills 

  • Must be patient, compassionate, and committed


  • Must complete Tutor Training

  • Will commit to at least two hours per week of instructional time 

  • Agree to meet in a public tutoring location

  • Will notify the learner in advance of planned absences or expectations of delay

  • Will notify Program Director  if learner is not attending regularly or if problems arise

  • Send monthly reports to Program Director every month

Frequently Asked Questions

More Opportunities

Party in Elmwood

5-9pm at Elmwood Park

Thursday June 13 
Thursday July 11 

Thursday August 22

Wednesday September 23

First Fridays

4:30-10pm on Franklin Road

Friday June 21 

Friday August 2 

 Salsa Noke's Rooftop Party

7:30pm-12am Center In The Square

Friday July 19 

Volunteers are needed to sell admission and drink tickets, as well as serving and pouring beverages. Your participation ensures BRL has the resources it needs! Email info@brlit.org or sign up below:

Meet our Literacy Volunteers

Clare, Tutor

Why do you volunteer at
Blue Ridge Literacy?

Alicha, Teacher

Why do you volunteer at 
Blue Ridge Literacy?


706 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24016, USA



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At Blue Ridge Literacy, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and volunteers without regard to sex, race, color, nationality, religion, political belief, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.  Blue Ridge Literacy believes that diversity and inclusion is critical to our success as a local nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.