COVID-19 Response: WALC offices are open for tutoring and assistance. Masks are no longer required in the Oshkosh Public Library and our offices. Call 920-573-5507 for assistance. Get COVID-19 updates from the City of Oshkosh and Winnebago County.

or call/text 920-573-5507

Thank you for considering WALC as a place to volunteer your time, talents and treasures. Our volunteers are very dear to us as they make all we do possible. We look forward to meeting you and beginning the process of you joining our team. We provide tutor training and ongoing support when you are matched with a learner. If tutoring isn’t what you have in mind, consider the other options for being a volunteer with us:



Join our team of remarkable volunteers to tutor motivated literacy learners. As a tutor you will have a direct impact on breaking the cycle of poverty and educational disadvantage.

Our tutors are from all professional and personal backgrounds. No experience required. Learner-centered and learner-specific tutor training provided. Supporting our tutors is a very high priority of WALC.

Requirements for becoming a tutor:

  • 18 years or older
  • High school diploma
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Meet with your learner an hour a week
  • Work in equal partnership with your learner
  • Report learner progress twice a year
  • Communicate with WALC staff about all concerns and accomplishments of your learner
  • Participate as you can in periodic tutor workshops provided by WALC

Classroom Assistance

Volunteering as a classroom assistant, you will be supporting our teachers in one of our ELL classes. Assistance ranges from facilitating activities, reading a book to the class, and/or assisting learners who may need a little more attention.


In addition to our ELL classes at the library, we have a Family Literacy program which provides mothers with children the opportunity to learn English. We need volunteers to help with childcare as well as in the adult classroom.


Find our class schedules and descriptions here.

Event Planning

If you are looking for a unique volunteer opportunity, volunteering on our special events committees may be a fit for you. We hold various events throughout the year, our biggest events being our annual Spellbound for Literacy fundraiser and the Mark Gruenwald Comic Book Creation Challenge (MGCBCC). Each event offers a variety of opportunities:

Spellbound for Literacy:

  • Planning
  • Sponsor solicitations
  • Guest registration
  • Program/ materials design
  • Set-up
  • Spelling Bee judge
  • Runner


  • Planning
  • Promotion
  • Entry registration
  • Comic judging
  • Set-up


Board of Directors

Visit our Board of Directors page to learn more!

Committee Membership:

Not able to make a full board of directors commitment? Consider helping a committee that lets you utilize your unique skills:

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Website
  • Photography
  • Events


  • Community outreach
  • Office assistance
  • Interpretation
  • Translation
  • Connect us to donors and funders
  • You tell us! What skills would you like to share with us?

Thank You!

Your support helps us achieve our mission to strengthen our diverse community by developing and delivering
free learner-centered literacy programs for adults and their families.

or call/text 920-573-5507