Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) provides free English language literacy services to adult learners in northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties. With only two paid part-time staff and a team of nearly 100 dedicated volunteer tutors, we provide literacy training to over 200 students each year.
Sue McWhinnie, LVG Board member and tutor, safely meets with her students at the Kent Memorial Library, May 2021.
Founded by Rita Guariglia and Anne Maitland in March of 2005, LVG started with just 12 trained tutors and 30 students. Since then, we have been part of many success stories as we’ve helped both native-English speakers and ESL students reach for their dreams and achieve success through English literacy training, mentorship and citizenship exam preparation. We’ve touched the lives of hundreds of new immigrants as they’ve learned basic English language skills and dozens of native English speakers as they’ve improved their reading and writing skills.
Many of our students have gone on to start successful businesses as musical instructors, restaurant owners, landscape contractors and electricians. Others have become nurses in area hospitals, daycare providers, pastry chefs, college students, and even LVG tutors.
LVG has 501(c)(3) non-profit status with the Internal Revenue Service. We are an affiliate of ProLiteracy America and a GuideStar-rated agency.
Lynn Davies, Executive Director, joined LVG as Executive Director in late 2018. Prior to joining LVG, Lynn was Program Facilitator with Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc., a non-profit literacy and educational center for undereducated women. While there she served as an educational administrator, including oversight of intake and assessment for hundreds of students annually. Lynn has an Master of Arts in Management and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature from McGill University. She received a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Another Language (TESOL) from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. The recipient of numerous other certifications related to adult education and English language learning, Lynn received the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) Outstanding Advisor/Assessor Award in 2014.
Priscilla Mancinone, Program Coordinator, came to Connecticut as an AFS Exchange Student at Shepaug High School in Washington in 1987. She then returned her native Costa Rica and graduated from Fidelitas University in San Jose with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 1992. After getting married in 1993, she moved to Connecticut and has worked for various non-profit organizations in their accounting departments. In 2010 she joined LVG as bookkeeper and program coordinator.
Board of Directors
President: Cindy Grinberg (New Milford), Vice President: Saun Ellis (New Milford), Secretary: Carol Beck (New Milford), Treasurer: Pat Rinaldi (Southbury)
Kathleen Bertram (Bridgewater), Anthony DiPentima (Kent), Jan Kamm (Kent), Sue McWhinnie (Kent), Casey Pascal (Washington).