Get Involved With LCMC

 
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Build your community through adult education

LCMC offers many ways to support adult learners in Montgomery County through volunteering, including tutoring, assisting in a classroom, teaching life skills, and more. Scroll through to find what interests you, or jump to what you’re interested in.

Show me how I can volunteer by…
Tutoring an ESL or Basic Literacy Student
Assisting in an ESL Classroom
Tutoring a GED Student
Lead an LC Chats (English Conversation) Group
Teaching Basic Computer and Digital Skills
Teach A Life Skills Workshop

 
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Become A Tutor

Over 700 adults seek out a tutor to provide them with individualized instruction and mentoring through gaining up to a 5th grade level of reading and writing and/or English language proficiency.

Volunteers can get trained to tutor either ESL or Basic Literacy learners. LCMC provides all the necessary training, resources, and support to volunteers to be fully prepared to guide their student to success. A 1-hour informational session and a 3-hour training class are required before being paired with a learner.

ESL students are learning to master English language proficiency, which may include any combination of speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and/or writing. Basic Literacy students are adults who are native and/or fluent English speakers, but may have had difficulties learning to read and write during grade school and/or in traditional learning environments and need more personalized instruction to move at their own pace.

Upcoming Information Sessions:
(Register here for the one that best fits your schedule!)

Friday, May 31, 2019: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, June 3, 2019: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Friday, June 14, 2019: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday, June 26, 2019: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, July 2, 2019: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday, July 5, 2019: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Thursday, July 18, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 14, 2019: 9:30-10:30am
Thursday, August 29, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, September 6, 2019: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday, September 11, 2019: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday, September 26, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 1, 2019: 9:30 am - 10:30am
Wednesday, October 9, 2019: 6:00 pm -7:00 pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2019: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 6, 2019: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019: 6;00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, November 22, 2019: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Thursday, December 5, 2019: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

All information sessions are held in LCMC’s office on the 3rd floor of the Rockville Library. To register to attend an informational session on being an LCMC tutor, click here.

For any additional questions, prospective volunteers can contact Fidel Velez, Community Resources Manager, at fidel@lcmcmd.org or (301) 610-0030.


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Tutor a GED Student

For those learners who have a firm handle on basic literacy (approximately a 5th grade reading level), but do not yet have their high school diploma or equivalent, we offer free tutoring to prepare for the GED exam. Our GED classes are available in different locations throughout Montgomery County, and offer a 1:1 student:tutor ratio.

Currently our GED program is taught in Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Silver Spring, and always need more volunteers, especially those who can volunteer once a week in these areas.

If you are interested in helping an adult learner in basic math, social studies, and general test preparation, please contact Denise Hill, Director of Community Impact, at denise@lcmcmd.org or (301) 610-0030.

We are also currently looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers who can help some of our Spanish-speaking GED students in Silver Spring! Please contact fidel@lcmcmd.org if this sounds like you!


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Lead an LC Chats Group

If you ever have tried to learn a new language, you know that speaking is often the hardest part. By committing two hours a week to LCMC as a LC Chats Facilitator, you are helping many of our neighbors in the county gain the confidence they need to better their lives. And because the program is all about getting people to speak and be comfortable in social settings, it is really a way to build community and have fun doing it.

If you are interested in volunteering as an LC Chat Facilitator, please write Denise Hill, our Director of Community Impact for more information.

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Teach Computer Skills

Currently, we offer basic Computer Skills classes to adult learners of many backgrounds. Adults in these classes learn the very basics of computer usage and navigation, as often their backgrounds have not required computer skills in previous life or work environments.

We also offer Digital Literacy instruction to parents of children enrolled in Head Start through our partnership with a Pre-K program in Rockville. While their children are receiving Pre-K instruction, these learners receive both free ESL instruction as well as Digital Literacy instruction. Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills. Often, underserved adults lack the basic computer and digital literacy skills that have helped advance so many others to more easily navigate the workforce and everyday life.

We are always looking for more computer-savvy volunteers willing to teach either or both of these skill sets. For more information on how to volunteer your time for this programming, please contact Denise Hill, Director of Community Impact, at denise@lcmcmd.org or (301) 610-0030.


Students from George Washington University taught a Health Literacy workshop in space provided by Gaithersburg Library.

Students from George Washington University taught a Health Literacy workshop in space provided by Gaithersburg Library.

Teach a Life Skills Workshop

LCMC partners with volunteers and organizations who can provide one-day workshops in life skill sets such as financial literacy, health literacy, and more. We’ve even partnered in teaching students who travel to vulnerable areas often how to prevent, identify symptoms, and get treatment for Zika virus!

Whether you’re interested in helping under-served adults with resume-building, understanding savings accounts and credit cards, how to read prescription and nutrition labels, or perhaps have identified a life skills need among low-income or immigrant communities in Montgomery County, we welcome your help.

If you’re interested in providing class space and/or teaching a life skills workshop, please contact Denise Hill at denise@lcmcmd.org or (301) 610-0030.


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Assist an ESL Classroom

With nearly 600 students served a year in approximately a dozen locations throughout Montgomery County, our ESL classroom program is taught by TESOL-certified teachers, but often need volunteers to assist in the classroom. Our classroom assistant volunteers typically volunteer in one class a week, lasting approximately 3 hours. The extra help in the classroom is part of what ensures quality education and attention for students to be able to keep up with the pace of the class and succeed.

If you are interested in becoming a classroom assistant volunteer, please contact Ahu Moser at ahu@lcmcmd.org or (301) 610-0030.


 

Volunteer with Us

Don’t see an opportunity above that quite fits your interest? We always need assistance in other capacities, whether assisting at the front desk or with administrative needs in our office, contributing to our outreach or fundraising efforts, or even joining our Board of Directors. You can contact Ashley France-Howell at ashley@lcmcmd.org if you’re interested in volunteering in our office, or fill out the form below with any questions or more information on how you want to help. Someone from our staff will get back to you shortly — and we appreciate your interest already!

 

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