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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.

Fall 2021 New Tutor Training Workshop

LVVS is now accepting applications for individuals to become volunteer English tutors and to attend our Fall 2021 New Tutor Training Workshop. The workshop is a 12-hour program conducted over eight facilitated sessions. The workshop will include a review of prepared materials presented by a Workshop Leader as well as group discussions and exercises. The next training workshop schedule is as follows: 10/7, 10/12, 10/14, 10/19, 10/21, 11/4, 11/9, and 11/16. Potential tutors choose either the AM sessions from 9:30-11:00AM or the evening sessions from 7-8:30PM. The AM sessions will be held in-person (subject to change) and the PM sessions will be held online via Zoom. We ask for a $35 donation to help offset the cost of materials. If you are interested in becoming a tutor, you can obtain an application on our Tutor Portal. If you would like more information about the program please contact us at (860) 399-0280 or by e-mail at

LVVS Awarded New Workbooks for Student Use! Free Copies available at the LVVS Office

Through an award by the ProLiteracy National Book Fund, LVVS has received student ESL workbooks to primarily meet the needs of your lower-level English literacy students and to better support tutoring while face-to-face meeting options are limited.

LVVS has received 57 “pairs” of books so that tutors can provide to their student a free corresponding copy of the workbook they are using for lessons.  Students can keep the workbook and write in them during the lesson or use them for homework and log in independent study hours.

The books focus on reading, writing, and phonics that can be easily delivered through virtual means, as well as in-person.  They include a range of topics from health, work, school, and daily situations that can be matched to the student’s goals. LVVS also obtained two Phonics Mini Charts for Tutors that can be used visually over virtual communication tools.

A list of the workbooks can be found on the Tutor Portal HERE so that you can match the content of the book to the goals of your student. Or, See for descriptions and samples of the books and to obtain free associated download materials. 

The books are displayed and available at the LVVS office M-Th, 9AM-2PM, so that you can:

  • review the workbooks   [One pair per tutor and student].
  • Sign out your tutor copy
  • Take a corresponding free copy to give to your student.

LVVS is once again receiving News for You, a current affairs newspaper, that has been very popular for reading comprehension exercises.  Copies are in the office.

LVVS would also request that with these workbooks, the tutor can submit a goal for that student to achieve over the next 6 months.

We hope this offering helps you and your student’s tutoring sessions and their ability to meet their goals.

New Student Recruitment

In order for LVVS to continue our work to help the residents of the Valley Shore to learn to read, write and speak English to further their work and life skills in our community we need your help.

Since the beginning of COVID-19 we have had a reduction in the number of new student applications we receive which is to be expected during the current environment.

If you are currently tutoring your student or know anyone who would benefit from our services please let them know we are accepting new student applications if they have family, friends, co-workers, etc. who may be interested in being tutored. You can direct them to the Student Portal on the website to obtain a student application.

Become a Student

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

Become a

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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