DEAR SUN SPOTS: Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin is seeking volunteers to serve as tutors, as well as English Conversation Partners virtually. We will provide the training to use Zoom as a one-on-one teaching tool, as well as the basic training to be a successful tutor or English conversation partner. All of our training and tutoring is provided via Zoom to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.

We look forward to returning to in-person services when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have many people waiting for help with English conversation, as well as reading, writing and math skills. If you are age 21 or older, have at least a 12th grade reading level, are patient, organized and a good listener, you can be a literacy volunteer. Registration is required. For information call 753-6658 (office), 550-1956 (cell), or email [email protected] Details can also be found on our website at Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin | Home . — Tahia, Literacy Volunteers-Androscoggin director, Lewiston

ANSWER: I personally know some of these volunteers who have told me time and time again how fulfilling this volunteer opportunity is. I’m always so happy to publish calls for volunteers for nonprofit organizations.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am just overwhelmed with gratitude right now. I just came from Shaw’s in Auburn. As the clerk was ringing up my groceries, I realized I did not have my credit card or checkbook in my purse.

The clerk asked me if I lived very far away and said she would hold my groceries until I came back. As I was putting my grocery cart near the front desk, a woman in line said she would pay for my items. I tried to tell her that I didn’t live far away and would be back right away. This wonderful lady said that she was able to do this right now and wanted to. I tried to get her address so I could mail a check to her, but she insisted that she wanted to help me.

There are some very wonderful people out there and I want to let her know how much I appreciate what she did. Since I don’t know her name, I wanted her to know that I am planning to pay it forward. — Judy, no town

ANSWER: These thank you notes are always so heartwarming and inspire other readers to keep an eye out for someone else they can help with an act of kindness. Thank you so much for sharing.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: We received our first stimulus payment last April by direct deposit into our bank account. We haven’t yet received the second payment. I researched online at and it states “we don’t have enough information and we’re working on this.” Our bank account information hasn’t changed and we’re wondering why the second payment didn’t get direct deposited like the first one. – No name, no town

ANSWER: Keep checking at the website, but you may have to claim it on your 2020 income tax return. When you return to the IRS website, you will find instructions for the Recovery Rebate Credit on Form 1040 or 1040-SR. I wish I could be of more help.

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