Literacy Volunteers of Illinois


Supporting Volunteer Literacy In Illinois Since 1979


The central goal of the VOCAL—Volunteer Outreach for Community Action in Literacy—program is to expand the volunteer base of community and faith-based adult literacy programs by recruiting, placing and training AmeriCorps members to serve in adult literacy programs throughout the state.

AmeriCorps members serve as one-to-one and small group tutors and are involved with volunteer recruitment and retention activities and help to secure other resources for their host site, including books and program materials. Members are also involved in special events to generate awareness and support.

The VOCAL program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service through the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (SERVE Illinois).

Position Description
VOCAL Host Sites

Although applications are not yet live on the AmeriCorps National Portal, we are still currently recruiting members for Full Time (1700 hour), Part Time (900 hour), Quarter Time (450 Hour) and Minimum Time (300 Hour) roles that begin September 1st 2024. 

All members will earn a living allowance and stipend. Exact figures will be released soon. For reference, in the 2023 Program Year, the living allowance and stipend were as follows:

  • Full-time: 1700 hours; $18,000 Living Allowance; $6,895 Education Award
  • Half Time: 900 hours; $9,000 Living Allowance; $3447 Education Award
  • Quarter Time: 450 Hours; $4,500 Living Allowance; $1,824 Education Award
  • Minimum Time: 300 hours; $3,000 Living Allowance; $1,459 Education Award

*Benefits increase each program year 

Interested applicants should send their application and cover letter to with the subject like "Year of Service Application." 


If you are a representative of a community-based or faith-based nonprofit that provides programs that align with VOCAL’s ojbectives of adult education, workforce development, and volunteer generation, we encourage you to apply to host a VOCALAmeriCorps to serve between 25-35 hours during this year’s Summer of Service (May-July2024 or June-August 2024) or between 8-35 hours during the upcoming 24-25 Program Year.



LVI began by working with just four LVA programs, and today provides an array of resources and services to staff, tutors, and students in adult literacy programs statewide.


Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
100 S. State St, Suite 437
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-857-1582

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