In early 2024, LNA is launching two new free education classes: English classes at Sagrado Corazon de Jesus and Computer Basics classes at Hosmer Library. These classes will be in addition to the English and Basic Computer classes that we already run that have long wait lists.
We are looking for additional classroom volunteers to help teach neighbors. No teaching experience is necessary; Spanish fluency is a plus! If you’re interested in volunteering, please complete our Volunteer Interest Form.
How many hours are expected of volunteers?
2-3 hours/week for a long-term commitment as classes run on a year-round schedule. There is a 12-hour virtual training that you can do on your own time through Literacy Minnesota. The classes start in mid-January.
Where are the volunteer opportunities being held?
Computer Basics classes will be held at Hosmer Library (347 E. 36th St. Minneapolis, MN 55408) in the Central Neighborhood on Fridays, starting Jan. 19 – May 31 from 1-3:30 p.m. Volunteers typically help set up and clean up before and after class.
English classes will be held at Sagrado Corazon de Jesus (Incarnation Church – 3801 Pleasant Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55409) in the Kingfield neighborhood starting Jan. 22 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2 – 5 p.m. Volunteers typically commit to one day of volunteering per week and also assist with set up and clean up before and after classes.
What benefits come from volunteering?
Volunteers say that:
- they enjoy building relationships and friendships with people from all over the world
- it’s highly gratifying to see students succeed by passing their U.S. Citizenship Exams, Driver’s License Exams and acing job interviews
- they see that our community is stronger when our neighbors are able to easily participate in impromptu conversations, communicate with their children’s teachers, and engage with medical professionals.
Do I need any special expertise in computers to volunteer for Computer Basics classes?
No! We are teaching people things like how to turn on a computer, use a mouse, and access a web browser. You will be assisting a teacher.
Do I need any special expertise in teaching English to volunteer for English classes?
Previous expertise in teaching is preferred but not required. You will be working with a small group of students on your own with the support of a professional teacher.
What kind of students come to these classes?
Students are over the age of 18 and come from all over the world. Most students live within walking or bussing distance of the Lyndale neighborhood.
Are you looking for any specific skills in your volunteers?
Besides previous teaching experience, people who speak Spanish and Somali are encouraged to volunteer.