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Your time is our most valued gift


Our volunteers are passionate, inspired, and making a difference in the lives of those facing educational barriers in the capital region. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming a Reading People volunteer. 

Getting started is easy! ​

Fill out an interested volunteer form and we will follow up with you with more information



Book a time to meet with staff for a Volunteer Program Overview in person, over the phone, or virtually. Learn about ways to get involved and get signed up to start helping. 


Join Volunteer Teams to Get Involved

At the Reading People, there are many ways to get involved. Many individuals help as tutors in the areas of adult basic reading, GED preparation, and ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language, English as a Foreign Language). Others volunteer as part of our in-school children's programs. In addition to tutoring, other volunteer opportunities include helping in the office, representing the organization at information fairs, volunteering at our events, running errands, and more.

Which of these Volunteer Teams sounds like the perfect fit for you? 

Capital Area Literacy Coalition welcomes volunteers 16 and older. Individuals aged 15 and younger may be permitted to volunteer with CALC. This is to be determined on a case-by-case basis and requires a guardian/parent to volunteer alongside the child.


This team is comprised of volunteers able to teach CALC students in the areas of Adult Basic Reading, GED Preparation in the areas of Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and/or Math, and English as a Second Language (ESL) / citizenship.

& Grounds

Help keep CALC looking its best through cleaning, organizing, and decorating indoor spaces. Help maintain our surrounding gardens, flowerbeds, and parking area. Opportunities for volunteers to assist with odd jobs, handyman tasks. Volunteers specify indoor/outdoor preference.

& Errands

Opportunities include book deliveries and pick-ups in the Lansing area, posting information around town on public bulletin boards, delivering promotional materials. Volunteer Shopper assists with shopping for supplies needed by staff. Opportunities include transportation needs at special events.


Help establish the warm & welcoming environment that CALC strives to create for all visitors. Make a positive first impression over the phone and face-to-face, greet guests, track attendance, answer the phone, assist with staff projects.


Assist CALC staff in office/administrative work including making copies (study guides, training packets), sorting books, filing, computer work, communications, database updating, and other hands-on projects. Office and computer experience preferred.


Assist with preparing the CALC quarterly newsletter and impact report for mailing distribution, and with other event-related or fundraising-related mailings.


Spread the love of all things CALC at info booths and volunteer fairs. Distribute promotional materials and encourage individuals to consider becoming students and/or get involved by volunteering. Opportunities to provide tours on site and represent CALC at special events.


Help at CALC student events and events that are open to the public. Events include GED Graduation and fundraisers. Volunteer roles include planning, promotion, décor, greeting, food area, activities facilitation, retail, event photography, transportation, and more.

Special Projects

This team is comprised of volunteers able to assist with specialized work including mural painting, design, IT, grant development, and more. Please let us know if you have skills in a particular area and we will follow up with you.

Questions? Contact Meredith McDonnell, Volunteer Manager, or (517) 485-4949 x105.

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