About the Adult Literacy Program

Description: The adult literacy program recruits, trains, and provides support to volunteers who give individual or small group instruction to students who need basic skills in reading, math or English as a Second Language (ESL).

Volunteers also assist with program activities such as recruitment, event planning, conversation practice, and computer literacy.

Program History: For over twenty years, we've trained volunteers to teach reading, math or English as a Second Language. We serve over 450 students per year. There are approximately 150 active volunteers who donate their time and talent to improve the literacy skills of people who live in McHenry County and the surrounding area.

Tutoring Locations: Volunteers can teach throughout the county in a variety of locations including all public libraries in McHenry County, many churches, and on the MCC campus.

Work Schedule: Volunteers teach on a day and time that is convenient for them. Morning, afternoon, and evening assignments are available, Sunday through Saturday. Flexible scheduling allows both working and retired people the opportunity to share their time and talent.

Students: Students are at least 17 years old and not enrolled in any other school. They're eager to learn and they appreciate the assistance they receive. They come from many different countries and have various levels of education.

Literacy by the numbers:

  • 450 students are served every year
  • 150 active volunteers
  • 800+ hours are volunteered every month

The mission of the Two Learn Together Literacy Program at McHenry County College is to provide basic literacy instruction to adults through the use of trained volunteers.