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

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore Annual Meeting 2024

When: Wednesday July 17th 2024

Where: Community Room Westbrook Library

Time: 6-8PM

We are so excited to once again be able to hold our Annual Meeting in person in the Community Room at the Westbrook Public Library.This is an opportunity to meet the board members and discuss the future of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, as well as what we have accomplished over the past year.

We will be awarding our Student Essay Contest winners so be sure to encourage your student to write an essay if you have not done so already. There will be prizes for the winners!

We will also be announcing the winners for the Barrie Potter/Tutor of the Year, Vi Brache /Student of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award. Participation and nominations are encouraged by all so please send nominations to by July 1oth. All are welcome to join, we hope to see you!


Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (L.V.V.S.) is a nonprofit 501c3 agency dedicated to tutoring area residents in reading, writing and speaking English toward improving their life and work skills. Tutoring is done one-on-one and is offered without cost to the student and in complete confidentiality. Each volunteer tutor must complete a training program with topics ranging from the characteristics of an adult learner and tutoring methods to lesson planning, English vocabulary and pronunciation and assessments for determining student progress.

LVVS is now accepting applications for residents to become a student and receive tutoring services from our volunteer tutors.  Student applications can be obtained at the student portal, or  by emailing or calling 860-399-0280. Once completed, the student will be interviewed to determine their level of English proficiency and the type of tutor who would be the best match for their goals.

The following quote is by Kofi Annan, who was the Secretary General of the United Nations It truly encompasses the spirit of our mission to serve the people of the Valley Shore area.

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right….Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

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

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

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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