CONTACT: David J. Tobiczyk, Vice President, Marketing & Development, 412-632-1942 or david.tobiczyk@goodwillswpa.org

PITTSBURGH, September 2, 2015 – Goodwill needs volunteer tutors to help adults learn to read, improve math skills, prepare for GED® testing, and learn English as a second language.  Goodwill’s greatest current need is for tutors at its South Side classroom location, however there is also a need at five other locations – downtown Pittsburgh, Lawrenceville, McKeesport, McKees Rocks, and North Side. Goodwill offers morning, afternoon and evening adult education classes.

“About 13 percent of the adult population in Allegheny County is illiterate,” said Jen Hemme, Tutoring Program Administrator at Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “We need more tutors to teach Goodwill’s education programs that help people learn the skills they need to improve their quality of life.”

Volunteer tutors must have a Bachelor’s degree and ability to pass child abuse and criminal background checks.”   A minimum of three hours per week is required, with a one-year commitment.

“We’re looking for giving people who enjoy using their time and talents to help others,” Ms. Hemme said.  “Goodwill tutors work with instructors and other volunteers who genuinely care about the progress of each student.”

For more information about tutoring opportunities with the Goodwill Literacy Initiative, please visit: www.goodwillswpa.org/Volunteer-Tutors, or contact Jen Hemme at 412-632-1855 or tutor@goodwillswpa.org.  

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About Goodwill SWPA 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a diversified human service agency that is supported, in part, by its network of retail stores and other nonprofit businesses. It serves all of southwestern Pennsylvania and manages several affiliate units and special-purpose entities, including Goodwill of Fayette County; Goodwill of North Central West Virginia; Goodwill Commercial Services, Inc.; and Goodwill Housing. Goodwill SWPA operates 31 retail stores and several other businesses to help fund programs and to provide job training and related services to help clients overcome various barriers to employment. It has over 1,100 employees and in 2014 provided services to over 53,000 individuals. 

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