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To teach Valley Shore residents to read, write, and speak English to improve their work and life skills in their communities.

 Annual Meeting 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Annual Meeting on July 26th. We were able to hand out Awards to the following people for their efforts and contributions to LVVS for the past year.  This year we had two sets of students and tutors who won the tutor and student of the year awards. The Barrie Potter Tutor of the Year Award was given to Freyda Rose and Cheryl Hershatter for assisting their students in meeting and their setting goals as well as all the time and efforts they spent working with their students. The Vi Brache Student of the Year Award was given to Miriam Acevedo and Fabiola Marin for their hard work, and dedication to spending many hours of independent study outside of their normal tutoring sessions.  Our Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Linda DeRusha for her many hours dedicated to helping re-organize our Book Sale, children’s book library and willingness to help whenever needed.

We also handed out the awards for the Student Essay Contest with this year’s winners being Mary Rubino, Shirley Jimenez, Vanessa Mullini and Shiqirie Morina. Their essays really captured the spirit of this year’s essay theme which was “How Has Being an LVVS Student Helped My Life”. Congratulations to all our winners!

If you would like a copy of the 2021-2022 Annual Report please contact the office at and we can provide you with a copy.

Fall 2022 Tutor Training Workshop: Accepting Applications 

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is accepting application for our Fall 2022 Tutor Training Workshop. The workshop is a 14-hour program conducted over eight sessions. The sessions from 9:30-11-00AM  will be held in person at our office in the Westbrook Library. The next training session dates are 9/15, 9/20, 9/22, 10/4, 10/11, 10/13, 10/18, 10/20. Attendance is required at all sessions. We also have an online self-facilitated training option available for those unable to attend the in-person or virtual workshops but would still like to be trained as an LVVS tutor.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor you can obtain an application on our Tutor Portal page. If you would like more information about the program please contact the Literacy Volunteers office at (860) 399-0280 or by e-mail at

Thank you from Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore

We at Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) hope you and your families are well. We want to  thank you for your support of our organization in the past and hope you will continue to partner  with us to make our communities stronger.  

For many of our students, this year has continued to be economically challenging because a  large number of them work in the service industry.  

Part of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s mission is to help native and non-native speakers in crease their proficiency in English to enable them to get better employment in the jobs sector,  thereby increasing their income producing potential, and in the long term helping them, their  families, and their communities. 

Our tutoring is always free to our students, and we rely on grants and donations to be able to  offer this. We are hoping to be able to have  a fundraiser in Fall 2022, more information to come! 

Become a Student

We give you one-to-one tutoring in English literacy skills, in complete confidence and at no cost to you.

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Become a trained tutor or volunteer in our program. Each workshop comprises seven two-hour sessions.

Community Supporters

Support our efforts in a number of ways to ensure the ongoing success of our programs.

The Heart of the Matter

The labor of love that is LVVS is captured in this mini-documentary video. It features the courageous touching work of Carlos Torres, a resident of Westbrook and one of our students, as well as the touching commitment of John DaVirro, Carlos’ tutor, who also become his mentor and friend. Everything you might want to know about LVVS is right here, in just a minute and 53 seconds.

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