Literacy Support Volunteer Signup

GENERAL VOLUNTEER INSTRUCTIONS


To the right is a listing of the different volunteer positions available to helping to support asylum seekers in the midcoast area through Midcoast Literacy and other supporting agencies. Your application will be directed to the agency responsible for service you select.

Each listing gives a short description of the type of volunteer work, as well as the length of timeslots you would need to be available to do that type of volunteering, and any training, background checks, or documentation that may be required for each position.

The ‘Midcoast Literacy Tutor’ and ‘Family Support Leader’ positions require volunteers to make a minimum 12-month commitment. The other positions do not require any specific long-term commitments.

When you have decided what volunteer position or positions you are interested in, click the “Next” button at the bottom of this screen to go to the online application form. You will need to repeat a separate online form for each position you are applying for (for example, if you are signing up to be Childcare volunteer and a Headstart Driver, you will need to complete two separate online applications and separate hours available for each).

On the second page of the online application, you will be asked to indicate what your available hours are for that volunteer position. Possible hours for volunteering run from 7:00am to 10:00pm on each day. Please list all timeslots in which you would be prepared to volunteer on a weekly basis – you can change your availability later-on as needed.

VOLUNTEER DRIVER NOTICE: If you volunteer to drive your tutee(s) while performing your commitments as a volunteer for Midcoast Literacy, you will have additional liability protections under Maine law. Your personal auto insurance coverage will be the primary coverage in the event of an accident; however, your liability will be limited to the amount of coverage in your policy.

Drivers will be responsible for ensuring all Maine car seat requirements for children are met if they are transporting children. All the families have the appropriate car seat available for each child.

Midcoast Literacy Tutor


Midcoast Literacy English tutors are matched with one student and meet for an hour a week (2 hours/week for tutoring kids). Tutors work one-on-one with their tutee and commit to one year (or more) as a volunteer. Tutors must also complete a 15-hour online training (for tutoring kids, an in-person training and a background check are required).

NOTE: Volunteers for the Literacy Tutor position must call MCL at 207-443-6384 to arrange an in-person intake appointment.

Regular Timeslots: 1 hour intervals

Training:
15-hour online "ESL Tutor Curriculum" (in-person training for those working with children)

Background Checks:
Criminal -> if working with children
DHHS -> if working with children

Required Documents:
Driver License -> if you will transport tutee
Auto Insurance Certificate -> if you will transport tutee

Commitment: This position requires a 12-month minimum commitment.

ESL Tutoring Assistant


Tutoring Assistants will shadow regular English Tutors and provide help during sessions and/or additional tutoring sessions as needed. Tutoring Assistants must complete the same 15-hour training required for tutors (for assisting with tutoring kids, an in-person training and a background check are required). This position is best suited for individuals who cannot make a 12-month commitment, required for MCL’s regular ELL Tutors.

NOTE: Volunteers for the Tutoring Assistant position must call MCL at 207-443-6384 to arrange an in-person intake appointment.

Regular Timeslots: 1 hour intervals

Training:
15-hour online "ESL Tutor Curriculum" (in-person training for those working with children)

Required Documents:
Driver License -> if you will transport tutee
Auto Insurance Certificate -> if you will transport tutee

Commitment: This position does not require any specific commitment.
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Back-up ESL Tutor


Back-up English tutors will be available to meet with students when their regular tutor must miss a session and/or will provide additional tutoring sessions. Back-up Tutors must complete the same training and registration process as regular literacy tutors, but do not need to make the same 12-month commitment required for full ELL Tutors.

NOTE: Volunteers for the Back-up ESL position must call MCL at 207-443-6384 to arrange an in-person intake appointment.

Regular Timeslots: 1 hour intervals

Training:
15-hour online "ESL Tutor Curriculum" (in-person training for those working with children)

Required Documents:
Driver License -> if you will transport tutee
Auto Insurance Certificate -> if you will transport tutee

Commitment: This position does not require any specific commitment.
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Interpreter


Volunteer will provide in-person or over-the-phone interpretation between tutors and learners during individual Midcoast Literacy tutoring sessions. Interpretation may be needed between English and Portuguese, French, Lingala, or other languages.

NOTE: Volunteers for the Interpreter position must call MCL at 207-443-6384 to arrange an in-person intake appointment.

Regular Timeslots: 30 minute intervals

Training:There is no required training, although those working with kids still require a background check.

Background Checks:
Criminal -> if working with children
DHHS -> if working with children

Commitment: This position does not require any specific commitment.
Default Lead Time:

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Please select New Volunteer if this is your first time volunteering for Midcoast Literacy (after 12/1/2019). Please select Additional Service if you are a current volunteer and are just adding an additional service.

You must select a service. If you are volunteering for multiple services, you must enter a volunteer application for each individually.

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Please enter all languages in which you are fluent and will to interpret.

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Include your area code (xxx-xxx-xxxx).

Please enter the time periods you commit to being available for the service you are offering. You will have the ability to modify the service as needed in the future. Check of the day of the week and enter time periods for that day that you will be available. You may enter up to five (5) blocks of time for each day. You do not need to enter more than one block.
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