The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to empower adults through literacy.
Literacy Volunteers was incorporated in 1976. It is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, with 8 paid staff--4 full time and 4 part-time. The agency has four offices, 4 Science Park in New Haven, 20 Church St. in New Haven (ESL Center at Gateway Community College), 415 Howe Ave. in Shelton (Valley Adult Education) and 14 West Main St. in Meriden. In 2015-2016, free classes for 1439 adults from 70 different countries were provided at 48 different sites throughout the community. Literacy Volunteers has successfully provided free literacy tutoring for adults for 40 years. In that time, more than 14,000 adults have been taught by a Literacy Volunteer tutor.
Goals for 2016-2017:
Literacy Volunteers plays a critical role in this community, where structural issues like adult literacy consistently provide obstacles to personal and community growth. The statistics are staggering—as many as 25.8% of the adults in New Haven county have literacy levels below basic ( 5th grade or below reading level).
As the mix of students and their needs and goals have changed over the years, the tutor training we provide and the resources we use have also evolved. The goal, however, of Literacy Volunteers remains the same: to improve people’s lives in every way by teaching them to read and speak English. We know that the efforts of this agency , the service delivery model we use and the quality of tutoring provided- all through volunteers- are making a difference. Our students are achieving long term, positive changes in their lives and that of their families. It is a privilege to be part such an organization and I am passionately committed to helping Literacy Volunteers continue to move forward in our communities and, in turn, empower adults through literacy.
Donna Violante, Executive Director
This may be surprising to many, but nearly 30% of adults in the New Haven area are at the lowest level of literacy. These individuals cannot perform simple daily tasks such as helping their children with their homework, filling out a deposit slip at the bank, or reading a book without assistance. Our mission at Literacy Volunteers is simple, “to empower adults through literacy.” This mission goes hand-in-hand with our ambitious vision “to create a community where 100% literacy is the norm.”
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A strong economy begins with a community that supports its people. When you support workforce training, financial literacy and public transportation, you enable individuals and families to work where they live, increasing their chances of economic success.
Educate a child and you change a community. For the child, a good education means better career opportunities and higher lifetime earnings. College graduates enjoy better health and are more inclined to volunteer and vote. For the community, supporting our youths’ educational goals results in a stronger society.
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