1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks Campaign Volunteers are needed throughout Wisconsin

Family & Children’s Center participating in statewide tutor recruitment campaign to address adult literacy needs

La Crosse, Wis. (August 31, 2015)—Family & Children’s Center, along with Wisconsin Literacy, Inc., kicks off the 12th Annual 1200 Tutors in 12 Weeks campaign on International Literacy Day, Sept. 8, 2015. The campaign, supported by Alliant Energy Foundation, American Family Insurance, the Green Bay Packers, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and individual donations, aims to recruit 1,200 new volunteer literacy tutors across Wisconsin by Dec. 1, 2015.

There are a lot of reasons adult learners come to their local literacy agency for help. Some want to improve their reading or writing so they can go on to a technical school or 4-year college. Some need to get their GED so they can qualify for a job. Others are immigrants or refugees who need to work on their English so they can get a better job or enter an occupational training program. The main way a literacy agency can help all those who want to learn is when people volunteer as tutors.

“Each fall at the beginning of the school year, we try to spread the word about how important volunteer tutors are to helping others in their community with reading, writing and math,” said Michele Erikson, Executive Director of Wisconsin Literacy. “We encourage community members to show support and consider becoming a volunteer tutor for adults who are trying to improve their lives through literacy.”

This year, Wisconsin Literacy is promoting a Statewide READ of the book Hotdogs and Hamburgers:  Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age, by Rob Shindler. The story will give readers an insider’s view on becoming an adult literacy tutor. Participating local literacy agencies are hosting book discussions.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor at Family & Children’s Center can learn more by visiting fcconline.org or calling 608-785-0001 ext. 312. Family & Children’s Center is a member of Wisconsin Literacy, a statewide literacy coalition that serves 76 member agencies across the state to provide the necessary training for each tutor. Most tutors volunteer one-to-three hours per week and help in the areas they feel most comfortable. Teaching experience is not required, just a desire to share the basic skills that are so important for adults to have a good quality of life and help their families in our community.


Founded in 1881, Family & Children’s Center is a regional, not-for-profit agency that has helped thousands of children, adults and families enjoy better tomorrows.  The center provides a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being, including child abuse/neglect prevention programs, alternative schools, community-based counseling, community support programs for people with severe and persistent mental illness, residential treatment options and several outreach programs.

Family & Children’s Center is nationally accredited.  With headquarters in La Crosse, Wis., and Winona, Minn., the center serves people throughout Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota and has additional offices in Black River Falls, Wis., Holmen, Wis., Rochester, Minn., and Viroqua, Wis.

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. is dedicated to strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce, families and communities through literacy by providing leadership, support and a statewide voice for adult and family literacy efforts. For more information, visit www.WisconsinLiteracy.org or call 608-257-1655.