This year Literacy Volunteers is celebrating 40 years of providing education to individuals who believe learning is the key to a better future. Our trained volunteers provide confidential, free, one-on-one tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing, and in conversational English for speakers of other languages. Tutors meet with their students every week year-round at the public library in Pittsfield, for lessons that reflect their needs, abilities and goals. Since 1980, thousands of learners have received this personalized tutoring from our volunteers so they have the skills to compete for good jobs, become homeowners and business owners, gain citizenship, and confidently embrace new opportunities.
Our students and tutors usually meet in person, but since that hasn’t been possible because of COVID-19, our dedicated tutors are using a variety of creative ways to continue teaching their students, using technology such as Zoom and other video conferencing tools, smart phones, regular phones, email, regular mail, and combinations of all the above. This is our “New Normal,” and your support will help give our tutors the resources they need so tutoring goes on, when it’s done in person or from a distance.
Donations to LVBC pay for tutor training, books, coordination of services, outreach and, more recently, purchase of online resources for tutoring. Donors have been our partners in building this organization that serves more than 100 learners each year, and that support has kept us strong. If you’re part of the 40 in 40 event you’ll help us continue to provide the resources to teach these motivated adults, whose talents make our community thrive! Please join us!