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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

I have really enjoyed working with both the literacy council and the people they have matched me with. The training and support that they give has made my job easy and very satisfying. I have tutored people in ESL and in math literacy. Helping others to achieve their goals of citizenship, a driver's license, or attending college is both fun and rewarding. When my student asked me to have my picture taken with her outside the building where she got her citizenship, I realized that what had been a really fun experience for me, had been life changing for her. The people have been great, and I really enjoy my volunteer time.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen one student go to college, another pass her citizenship

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not sure

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the student tutor interaction

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

other tutors, the area coordinator

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot of people achieve their dreams through hard work.

Ways to make it better...

Not sure how it could have been better

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

matching tutors and tutees, and having the funds for books

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is a very satisfying and fun way to spend volunteer time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 8, 2010

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February 8, 2010

Being a GPLC volunteer tutor has been a big learning experience for me as much as for the students! I have been privileged to have very mature adult students who have shared my love of reading literature and various other texts through this past year. Our discussions have gone beyond the content and played a part in giving us new insight into our everyday life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the students' achievements outside the class.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and enthusiastic.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer during the week. I have found seeing my students once a week can be challenging when trying to cover diverse material with them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 29, 2010

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January 29, 2010

About once a week, I tutor a fellow mom in reading & math. She and I have been working together for almost two years, and, while I provide the tools, she inspires and humbles me with her dedication and spirit. My GPLC coordinator does the same: Via email, she provides support, ideas, deep appreciation for what I do, encouragement, and immediate responses whenever questions come up. This is an amazing organization that truly cares about opening lives through literacy.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching as my student/fellow mom has dramatically improved her ability to write and listening as she proudly mentions that she has helped her children with their homework.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

probably hire more area coordinators and education specialists so that they are not as intensely busy as they need to be; having said this, my coordinator has always responded immediately, but I sense she has her hands more than full!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the one-on-one collaboration with the person that I am tutoring. She appreciates every minute we spend working together and won't give up on the dreams she has for herself and her children.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

my area coordinator as well as the staff that trained me two years ago. All were professional, knowledgeable, kind and grateful to the volunteers. My coordinator is especially inspiring and passionate about her work, while keeping a great sense of humor!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change 100 million lives or more! Literacy in our culture is truly the key to prosperity——or many times, even just making ends meet. This organization touches and improves lives one individual at a time.

Ways to make it better...

I had the time to attend more continuing training sessions and the lunches with other tutors that are offered.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably just making the bucks stretch as far as they need to.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

I tutor ESL English with the GPLC. I get to meet wonderful people from all around the world. Being new to the area this volunteering has helped me feel at home. You are helping a real person and are doing something which is really appreciated. I have done this type of work before in another state, but here the GPLC gives training and support, which means you can be more effective in what you do. The materials provided are excellent and are chosen for each individuals needs. The tutor meetings help you to feel part of a team and we share tips to make lessons more interesting.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One of my students passed her drivers test.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Your classes are so much more interesting and effective because of the training and the materials provised.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All different kinds of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 28, 2010

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January 28, 2010

I've always wanted to volunteer in the area of literacy. After retirement and relocating to Pittsburgh I decided to give GPLC (Great Pittsburgh Literacy Council)a try. GPLC has met every expectation and then some. I became a tutor 4 years ago and have been blessed with so many interesting, fun, enthusiastic students. I thought I would be the "teacher" but have learned that there is so much to learn from others. I get all the support and education I need or want from GPLC and they are always there with suggestions and assistance when I need or want it. My decision to volunteer with GPLC was a good one and I certainly hope our relationship will continue for many, many years.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Watching the students grow in confidence as they begin to speak English to Americans. It's a joy to hear them use the phrases and vocabulary that you have taught them. Knowing that GPLC is right there to assist is a bonus!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 22, 2010

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January 22, 2010

I volunteer with GPLC 3 times a week to tutor a an adult student in basic reading, writing and phonics, and also served in the past as a Literacy*AmeriCorps tutor, teaching ESL/ABE/GED. I'm able to plan my own curriculum and connect with my student on a personal level. Also, GPLC staff are really supportive-- so if you're new to adult education, they'll guide you through the process. There are lots of different volunteering options, depending on your interests. Overall, highly recommended!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how classes can affect my students and open up new worlds for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

connecting with people. People are the focus here, and rewards are on both ends; tutors and students learn from each other. My experiences here have reminded me how truly great people can be.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome. They're responsible, really care about what they're doing, and are great educational resources when you're not sure how to proceed or are stuck in a tutoring slump.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge dent in illiteracy in Pittsburgh, and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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