Getting Involved with Literacy West NY, Inc.

Carl Militello is an educational professional who has taught in a variety of settings and held the title of superintendent of schools in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York. He volunteers as an adult literacy tutor.

Literacy West NY, Inc., is an organization that strives to increase literacy and the quality of life of residents in Allegany and Wyoming counties in New York. The organization offers free one-on-one and group instruction provided by volunteers.

Volunteering with the group can be very rewarding. Literacy West NY is always looking for new volunteers, and it accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must complete a 12-hour training module and commit to meeting with their students at least two hours a week while completing monthly assessments and progress reports on their students. The organization accommodates the schedules of the tutor and the students, making the volunteering commitment flexible. Tutors and students meet in convenient settings, such as the public library. Volunteer tutors benefit from continual and knowledgeable support from the professional staff at Literacy West.