Literacy KC – Every One Helping Another One

Photo-L to R Host Allie Bush, Open Doors Coordinator Roxanna Shaffe and announcer Keith Brown El.

Host Allie Bush talks with Roxanna Shaffe, coordinator of the Open Doors program at Literacy KC. The Open Doors program helps formerly incarcerated citizens learn to read and get their GED certificates.

Literacy Kansas City’s mission is to advance literacy among Kansas City area adults through direct services, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is literacy for all.

Literacy Kansas City certifies volunteers as tutors and matches them with adult learners from across the Kansas City metropolitan area who want to improve their literacy skills. Founded in 1985, Literacy Kansas City is a member of ProLiteracy America, the U.S. program division of ProLiteracy Worldwide.
Check out this short video about Literacy KC –

Volunteer Opportunities

Literacy Kansas City relies heavily on volunteer assistance. While volunteer tutoring is at the heart of our programs, we have a variety of other opportunities for which we regularly need volunteer assistance. To get more information about how to get involved, fill out the contact information form and we’ll be in touch with you!

LITERACY TUTOR: Become a certified literacy tutor and be matched with a Literacy Kansas City student.

START NOW TEACHER: Teach a one-hour per week, three-week curriculum on a literacy-related subject to new incoming students. We’ll give you the curriculum, or we can help you develop a new topic.

START NOW ASSOCIATE: Schedule a Start Now series; oversee and provide support for Start Now teachers.

MATH TUTOR: Assist with a math class meeting here Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Students work on an individual basis with tutor assistance as needed.

STUDENT ASSESSOR: Interview and assess incoming students to help us place their reading level and get them started with tutoring.

COMPUTER TUTOR: Assist adult students with computer literacy.

TUTOR ASSOCIATE: Oversee and provide support for a group of tutors to help us gather progress information and ensure successful matches.

TUTOR TRAINER: Work with the Instructional Specialist to train incoming tutors.

WORKSHOP AMBASSADOR: Assist with workshop set-up, tear down and welcoming participants. Answer the back door buzzer for entry to the building.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Represent Literacy Kansas City at volunteer fairs, resource fairs, speaking engagements and other special events.

STAFF SUPPORT: Assist with staff support activities.

OFFICE SUPPORT: Fill in for or support Administrative Assistant by performing general receptionist duties.

SPECIAL EVENTS VOLUNTEER: Assist with special events, including the Corporate Spelling Bee, Literacy for All Luncheon, Student/Volunteer Achievement Awards, and more.

For more information on our organization, please call (816) 333-9332 or e-mail [email protected]

Calendar of Events

First Call is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence who work to reduce the impact of alcohol, drugs and addiction by providing quality resources to individuals, families and the community. They are offering professional development seminars in Advanced Motivational Interviewing on August 19th and 20th and Pschological Trauma and Substance Abuse on August 1st. To find out more or to register check out their website at

The Latino Coalition of KC has cancelled their quarterly meeting but are hosting a Happy Hour Friday August 2nd starting at 4pm at La Fonda El Taquito, 800 SW Boulevard, KCMO. This will be the kick off to their 1st Friday monthly gatherings. You can find out more at

If you missed the recent Frontline Special on KCPT about the problems with the science behind forensic evidence gathering and certification of expert witnesses you will want to check it out on their website. You can find a link at or Look for the program Frontline and the edition titled The Real CSI. or cut and paste this link

Share This Episode