It takes a special person to be a volunteer literacy tutor. But you don’t need a teaching credential or a specific kind of background to help someone in your community work toward their goals and improve their life. All kinds of life experience can make you a valuable English literacy tutor at Humboldt Literacy Project!

We host orientations for new volunteer tutors every 2-3 months, so contact us today to save your seat at the next one. Within a few weeks of orientation, most tutors are paired with a learner for one-on-one studies at a schedule and pace the two set together. The learning process can be slow and challenging, so we ask our tutors to consider their volunteer work at HLP a long term commitment. You don’t sign a contract, and you won’t be shamed if your life changes and you have to move on, but many of our tutors and learners have been studying happily together for years. Click here for the details.

If you’re not ready to be a tutor but you like what we do, there are many other ways to support HLP. We need non-tutoring volunteers to help us at our public events and with occasional tasks at the office.


We also need donations of items we can sell at our fundraising auctions, and we need businesses (and individuals) to sponsor our events in exchange for copious glory and publicity and gratitude. 

And of course, it takes board members and community advisors to help us do what we do, so we're always ready to welcome new faces at our monthly board meeting. Contact us if you'd like to talk about it.

We decline most donations of used books, because our learners usually need specialized materials. If you have something you really believe will benefit our learners, go ahead and ask, but we could probably make better use of a gift certificate to New Readers Press or one of our many great local bookstores or office supply stores.

Every contribution to Humboldt Literacy Project, financial or otherwise, directly supports our mission and our clients. We have been a 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1985, and we exist because of the generous support of individuals, businesses, private foundations, and government grants. Please contact us if we may tell you more. 

For more information, contact us at, or call 445-3655, or click here and apply to volunteer!