Our volunteers serve in many ways. If you’re busy and want to fit in volunteering, need volunteer hours for school or work, or simply want to give back in an easy way, we have opportunities.

If volunteering means an ongoing support of community, you can be our “boots on the ground,” working in our programs and helping us keep Shelby Literacy Center running. You’ll find a friend, make the kind of difference you can talk to friends about, and give back to the community meaningfully.

If it works best for you to donate an item to keep us running, we thank you for helping us keep our doors open and for making sure our limited dollars go toward supporting our students.

Volunteering requires an application, background check, and semester-long commitment.

If you’re interested in volunteering, fill out this form:


    One-time opportunities

    We want to hear from you. Have a question about programming, an event, or referrals? Please reach out to us here (link to Contact Us Form)! You also can call us at 901-854-0288 or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

    Office volunteering

    Email Penny if you’re interested

    IT SUPPORT (4-8 hours a week):

    • Review costs for products and services and recommend changes
    • Track external services being used
    • Review and advise on new technology requirements
    • Monitor Verizon telecom usage and charges
    • Be able to patch and maintain windows 10 devices/ keep standardized
    • Understand Active Directory and DNS
    • Understand file security and management
    • Be able to maintain Group Policy Objects in Active directory
    • Understand M365 and it’s synchronization with local Active Directory
    • Be familiar with products in M365 and how to use them to improve non-profit business practices
    • Know how to create/edit SharePoint sites
    • Know how to gather user requirements and convert them an IT solution
    • Website development and hosting

    DEVELOPMENT (2-4 hours a week):

    Support fundraising, event planning, and donations.

    Marketing/communications or fundraising background is helpful!

    STUDENT SERVICES SUPPORT (2 hours a week):

    Help program coordinators with student registration and follow-up.

    Teaching/Tutoring Volunteers​

    Email Dawn if you’re interested

    Spanish/English HiSET Tutor for ESOL adults:

    2-4 hours a week M-Th during the day or evenings until 8 pm

    The HiSET is the diploma adults can receive if they leave high school. ESOL adults Help adult ESOL students prepare for the Spanish/English HiSET exam by tutoring in one or more subjects (math, science, social studies, reading, and writing). Must be fluent in Spanish to tutor the Spanish HiSET. Must be comfortable with test preparation materials.

    Substitute Teacher for ESOL Classes:

    Class schedule is M-Th, 10-12, 1-3, 5:30-7:30 on call the day before

    Help us maintain our class schedule for our ESOL adults when teachers must be out. Follow the curriculum, and a lesson plan laid out by our teachers.

    Reading Interventionist:

    Training is 6 hours online and 2 hours in-person.

    Tutoring is 1 hour twice a week one-on-one with a student

    Hours are 3-7 pm M-Th, with some daytime hours for homeschoolers

    Receive training for reading intervention in a structured literacy program and help a 4th-8th grader improve their reading. Qualifications include a strong reading level, interest in learning about structured multisensory literacy, and compassion for children who have learning and/or attention challenges.

    Let's Work Together!