MALCO needs volunteer tutors

The Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCO), a group of volunteers who promote literacy in Eastern Madera County, is in desperate need of tutors. Started in 1987, the focus of the organization is tutoring adults who want to improve their skills in speaking, reading and writing English.

Tutors don’t need a background in education. Anyone who speaks, reads and writes English can learn to be a tutor, and training is without charge. The students don’t pay for lessons, but do pay for any study books they would like to keep. Tutors teach one student at a time, and are matched according to the availability of each. All teaching materials are provided.

MALCO recently selected its new officers - Sandy West, president; John Cross, vice-president and student coordinator; Brenda Glover, treasurer; Elaine Paisley, supplies; David Pitt, historian; and Barbara Hodgson, secretary. While some officers don’t have the time for tutoring, they do serve on the board in various capacities, and attend the monthly meetings.

The group is funded through support of area groups and individuals. To become a tutor, (559) 683-1456, or

- Staff report