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

Literacy Volunteers Honored by Middlesex United Way

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore was awarded the Community Impact Award on January 25th given by Middlesex United Way at their Annual Meeting held at the Elks Lodge in Middletown. United Way has been a community partner and supporter of Literacy Volunteers for many years and we are honored to be recognized by them for our work in the community. Susan Graves, LVVS board member and Workshop Coordinator accepted the award from Shawonda S. Swain, President & CEO of Middlesex United Way. A special thank you to all our volunteers and donors who make our program possible for the people of 11 towns we service in the valley shore area.

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

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 info@lvvs.org 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.”

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
Tutor/Volunteer

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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