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7 Whittlesey Avenue
P.O. Box 366
New Milford, CT 06776
860-355-0830
info@lvg-ct.org

Office Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 9:30-5:00
Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30-2:30
Friday: 9:00-1:00
Evenings & Weekends
by Appointment

 

 

OUR MISSION

Literacy Volunteers on the Green’s vision is to help individuals maintain and improve their quality of life through mastery of the English language. We do this by promoting English literacy among individuals in Litchfield and Fairfield counties of Connecticut and surrounding areas in order to help them become independent readers, writers, listeners, and speakers of English through classes as well as natural, authentic, real-life activities and experiences.

Founded in 2005, the organization now has 90 trained volunteer tutors and 150 students and is governed by a 13 member board of directors. It is a ProLiteracy America affiliate and a United Way Partner Agency.

All instruction and materials are provided free of charge. Classes are scheduled at mutually convenient times for learners and volunteer tutors in locations ranging from Danbury in the south to Salisbury-Lakeville in the north. Our programs include:

 

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SAVE THE DATE!
"Celebrating 10 Years — Literacy Volunteers on the Green"

October 24, 2015
6:00PM-9:00PM
St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall
New Milford, CT

Are You Planning to Read Some Good Books This Summer?
Why Not Share That Pleasure - Become a Tutor!

Literacy Volunteers on the Green depends upon volunteer tutors to share the gift of literacy. Our tutors have a passion for helping others and making a difference in their communities. Tutors choose when and where they are available to tutor. They work with individuals or groups of fewer than four learners.

Our Fall 2015 Tutor Training Program consists of an individual orientation meeting, an observation of a current class and a series of three 3 hour group sessions.

  • Individual orientation is available throughout the summer by appointment. This is the volunteer’s opportunity to find out more about our organization.
  • Observation of a current class will be scheduled at the convenience of the volunteer but it should be completed prior to September 9th.
  • Workshop Sessions will be held at St. John’s Parish Hall in New Milford from 5:30-8:30pm; a light supper will be provided:
    • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    • Wednesday, September 9. 2015
    • Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you are interested, but are unavailable for the scheduled session, a second hybrid session (combination of classroom and computer instruction) is being planned. Please contact us for further information. A tutor application form is available as are more tutor program details on our tutor webpage.
Please call 860-355-0830 or email info@lvg-ct.org to arrange for an orientation meeting.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Kofi Annan



PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2015:     Literacy Volunteers on the Green Awarded a ProLiteracy National Book Fund Grant

Literacy Volunteers on the Green is pleased to announce it has received an award from ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund. The National Book Fund provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States with grant awards to help purchase high-quality educational materials and resources needed to support their literacy initiatives.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy said, “Every year, we receive a number of compelling, high-quality applicants. ProLiteracy is excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Book Fund with the bold vision of putting one book each in the hands of 125,000 adult learners nationwide. Over 305,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative, and more than 33,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.”

New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, provides the books and materials for the National Book Fund. These books are high-quality instructional materials specially written to meet the needs of adult literacy students, instructors, and trainers. Adult literacy programs can chose from more than 400 New Readers Press titles.

Jacqueline Farrell, executive director of Literacy Volunteers on the Green which serves Northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties said, “The grant we received from the National Book Fund helps us to provide supplemental reading materials and an online newspaper for use with our basic adult literacy students, as well as though who are learning English as a second language.” Literacy Volunteers on the Green currently provides free classes in basic literacy to native English speakers who are functionally illiterate, English as a second language, and citizenship classes to 167 individuals in individual and small group classes.

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 non-governmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit www.proliteracy.org.

THANK YOU!  We Exceeded Our Goal!

Many thanks to our supporters and to the Connecticut Community Foundation, the sponsor of GiveLocal 2015 in the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills area. The GiveLocal campaign raised $3,783. to provide materials for our Family Read® workshops. This family literacy program focuses on parents as the primary teachers of young children while integrating adult literacy, early childhood literacy, parenting and parent/child interaction.

GiveLocal encourages donors to support the non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in their communities. Literacy Volunteers received $5,765. during the Fall 2013 campaign, $888.96 in May 2014 and $3783. in May 2015. In addition to providing materials and programming for instruction in English, these funds enabled us to launch a new initiative: intensive classes for English as a second language learners. These classes provided 12 hours of instruction weekly over a ten week period so that students could progress more quickly in their acquisition of English. Additional information is at Give Local GW & LH

Family Read®

Family Read® uses the research-based Motheread/Fatheread® curriculum, which has been recognized for excellence by the Barbara Bush Foundation, Laubach Literacy International and the International Reading Association. The curriculum is organized around universal child development themes and covers classics of children’s literature as well as multicultural stories and folktales from around the world. Workshops are open to both native English speakers and English language learners.


Literacy Volunteers on the Green presented two workshops this past year and over 50 young parents participated. We have received requests for more workshops next fall. Now, we have the funding to provide them and to help break generational cycles of low literacy in our communities.

Would You Like to Be an LVG Tutor?

Would you like to give someone the gift of literacy? Become a Literacy Volunteers on the Green tutor! Training workshops are held throughout the year.
Contact us at info@LVG-CT.org or at 860-355-0830 for more information.

SUPPORT OUR MISSION

Literacy Volunteers on the Green depends upon corporate and private donations and volunteers to provide free instruction and materials to its students. Literacy Volunteers on the Green, Inc. is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), EIN number 26-2018636. Your donation may be tax deductible, to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support.