Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven
Literacy Resource Center
4 Science Park
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address Literacy Resource Center
4 Science Park
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 776-5899 x103
Fax 203-745-4629
E-mail info@lvagnh.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to empower adults through literacy.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1973
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Donna Violante
Board Chair Patricia A. Scussel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Start Community Bank
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $401,000.00
Projected Expenses $396,310.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of Literacy Volunteers is to empower adults through literacy.

Background

Literacy Volunteers was incorporated in 1976. It is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America, the national literacy organization, 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 2014-15, free classes for adults were provided at 36 different sites throughout the community.

Literacy Volunteers carries out its' mission with the help of many funding partners,  the Board of Directors, volunteer tutors, tutor trainers and dedicated staff. The office at 4 Science Park is located in space donated by the Science Park Development Corporation.  Three partnering agencies--New Haven Reads, Concepts for Adaptive Learning and the Literacy Coalition for Greater New Haven join us there to deliver a broad range of literacy services. 
Literacy Volunteers has been successfully providing free literacy tutoring for adults for nearly 40 years.  More than 12,000 adults have been taught by a Literacy Volunteer tutor over these years.
This is how we carry out the mission of empowering adults through literacy:
1) Recruit Volunteers -- New volunteers learn about the opportunity to be a literacy tutor from community flyers, our website, www.lvagnh.org, outreach at events, Facebook,  Board members and word of mouth.
2) Tutor Training--New volunteers are trained 3 times/year by experienced paid trainers. Some tutors are trained to teach in the Basic Reading program, others are trained for the ESL program. Workshops are developed and delivered for returning/veteran tutors throughout the fiscal year for the continuing education of these valuable human resources.
3) Student Recruitment --Close partnerships with  social service agencies, partners, caseworkers, businesses, funders and family members/friends result in many student referrals.
4) Tutoring --  We have strong tutoring partnerships with many agencies in the communities we serve.  These include all Adult Education programs, many social service agencies and the libraries. Tutors work in Small Groups with students.  The average ratio of tutor to students is 1 to 4.
5) Tutor Support--Staff provide whatever support is necessary to make sure the tutor is successful. This includes setting up workshops, testing students, providing appropriate curriculum and resource materials, frequent on-site visits to the tutoring site and forums where tutors can share ideas and learn from each other.
6) Testing and Evaluation--We strongly believe in accountability and in the value of data. Pre and post test results are added to the statewide results for all Adult Education students. Last year 63% of the students who worked with a Literacy Volunteer tutor and were pre and post tested made significant gains ( four or more points improvement)
 
 
Impact 2014-2015 Accomplishments
  • STUDENTS:   1,396 total adults attended Literacy Volunteer classes. This is an 8% increase from the prior year. There was a 42% increase in the number of Valley individuals provided services.
  • TUTORS:  241 volunteer tutors helped the students learn to read and speak English.  73 new tutors were trained.
  • IMPACT: 63% of all students who had been pre and post tested made significant gains in Reading as measured by the CASAS test, the standard for adult education in CT. This is an increase from 61% the prior year.
  • BUDGET AND STAFF: Grant dollars increased by 10.3% , allowing Literacy Volunteers to purchase more books and resource materials for students, and increase  Program Manager hours to support tutors. The organization lunched its first successful online giving campaign through "The great Give".

Goals for 2015-2016:

  1. Continue to increase visibility and outreach in all three program areas: greater New Haven, the Valley, and Meriden/Wallingford.
  2. Increase Board diversity and  development
  3. Maintain student numbers in the New Haven and  Meriden ESL programs. Increase student numbers in both Wallingford programs and in both Valley programs. Grow the New Haven Basic Reading program.
  4. Increase pre and post testing and maintain  student achievement levels.
  5. Continue to recruit and train new tutors and provide development for returning tutors.
  6. Improve efficiency, communications and  income growth through implementation of donor database technology.
 
Needs
  • Income growth for financial stability and program expansion.
  • Board recruitment and development
  • Outreach to build awareness of Literacy Volunteers and its positive impact on the community
  • Improved technology to strengthen operations
  • Sustained leadership and succession planning   
CEO Statement

Literacy Volunteers plays a critical role in this community, where structural issues like adult literacy consistently provide obstacles to personal and community growth. The numbers are staggering—30% of the adults in New Haven county, more than 200,000 people, struggle with literacy.

Funding is always at the center of Literacy Volunteers ability to help more adults. We are proud  that our 241 volunteer tutors helped 1,396 adults in 2014-15 , 8% more than the prior fiscal year.  We are encouraged that so many funders and donors recognize the positive impact that our services have in their communities. Grant dollars grew, in fact, by 10% last year. That support must continue to grow if we are to reach more of the adults who  need to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, with FREE classes taught 100% by trained volunteers.

Illiteracy is a costly problem. Adults with low literacy skills have difficulty finding jobs with adequate pay. They lose income as well as the opportunity for self improvement. They cannot help their children succeed in the school system because they are unable to read to them and help them with homework. When prescriptions cannot be read, illiteracy can cause costly medical problems. Businesses lose money through accidents and errors.  But, illiteracy is a solvable problem.  Every day we see the positive difference that tutoring makes with our adult students. The volunteer tutors are creative, energetic and supportive.  Classes are small and confidence grows as new skills are learned. Learning is celebrated. Friendships are formed. Curiosity is rediscovered and ideas are discussed. Referrals are made for job training, US citizenship, and further study.  The students are motivated to learn and testing confirms that they have made significant improvements.

As the students and their types of need have changed over the years, the tutor training 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 and the service delivery model we use are making a difference and that the students are achieving long term, positive changes. 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 empower adults through literacy. 

Donna Violante,  Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

Whether being a part of the board or staff, or a volunteer, all of us at Literacy Volunteers share a common mission - 100% literacy.  We know that literacy empowers adults; adults in the United States who can read and speak English are more productive in their family and community; their children are safer and more successful as they develop.  Our board is a diverse group of professionals and retirees who represent our community and our constituents.  We are passionate about our mission and continue to take steps to improve our programs.

Reaching 100% literacy is a vast challenge from where we are today.  Thirty percent of the adults in the New Haven area are at the lowest level of literacy - that means over 200,000 people in the greater New Haven area can use our services.  In the 2014-2015 year, we supported over 240 tutors working with almost 1400 adult students, but that is not enough. So our agency looks for ways to continually:
  • grow our student base,
  • improve our student success rates that are measured with state-based testing programs, 
  • attract and retain volunteer tutors,
  • leverage community partnerships to facilitate access to our programs,
  • leverage business partnerships and attract donors to assist in program funding, and 
  • increase public awareness of issues related to low literacy.

We continue to operate Literacy Volunteers in lean economic times, but insure that we provide an infrastructure that is aligned with our student and tutor needs. We manage an operations budget that is advised by the Finance Committee and reviewed at each Board of Directors meeting.  

As a board we review key success factors that include: 
            1) reduced operations spending (currently only about 15% of total spending goes to administrative costs),
            2) student testing outcomes (currently about 63% of student achieve at least a 4 point gain on the CASAS test), and
            3) a low tutor to student ratio for  Basic Literacy and ESL programs, which results in those significant achievement levels.  

We continually review our community needs and look for ways to maintain a growing base without significantly increasing funding. Students have grown 59% (575 to 1396) in the last five years, but tutors have only increased by 25% (181 to 241). That means we have maintained our programs and our success rates without significantly increasing operational expenses through tutor retention, best in class training/development programs and tutoring methodologies.  And we continually evaluate ways to reach potential new donors, sponsors and tutors.  All these efforts assure us that our spending is aligned with our commitment to improving literacy in the greater New Haven area and operating the most efficient and effective programs that we can.

I have been affiliated with Literacy Volunteers since 2002, but my love of reading has been a life-long affair.  When I was first asked why I remain committed to Literacy Volunteers, I responded about my love of reading, and wanting that for everyone in our community; but with further contemplation, I realize that I can't imagine a life unable to read a bus schedule, or having concern for reading prescriptions and labels, or wondering if I completed a job application adequately.  And now, as I usher more and more volunteers into the program, I hear them speak of their rewards associated with tutoring; the satisfaction of seeing a student succeed, and the value of the student embrace that says "thank you for teaching me to read."  I then realize that while we do work very hard as an agency to be efficient and effective, there are really no tools to measure the value of student or tutor self-satisfaction associated with empowering adults with literacy.
And so, we remain a board and a staff and a group of volunteers who are committed to our mission to reach 100% literacy and rewarded in both measurable and immeasurable ways!  

 Janet Ryan, Board President


 



Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Secondary Organization Category Education / Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Derby
East Haven
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Haven
Orange
Seymour
Shelton
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Literacy Volunteers serves Greater New Haven, the Valley and Meriden/Wallingford.
Programs
Description
161 adults received FREE help with reading skills from Literacy Volunteer tutors in 2014-2015. Although they speak English, they cannot read or write well enough to do the things that matter most to them--getting a better job, helping their children with homework or getting involved with a community project. They have struggled their entire adult lives as a result of their poor reading skills and are often ashamed to admit this. These adults work in small, leveled groups with 1-2 volunteer tutors.  Their two hour tutoring session consists of work with a specific curriculum workbook, such as Laubach or Voyager, computer work using the Lexia phonics program and writing help. Students meet with tutors twice/week for a total of four hours/week. All students are pre and post tested with the CASAS test. Program staff share the results with tutors and make suggestions for resources to improve trouble areas. This combination of effective curriculum, well-trained and well supported tutors, the Lexia computer program and the pre and post testing system is an effective way to teach adults to read at higher levels.
 
 
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
63% of the students in Literacy Volunteer reading classes in 2014-2015  who were pre and post tested moved up by at least 4 points on the CASAS reading test--many improved by much more than that. .
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The ultimate goal is to achieve 100% literacy in New Haven!
Basic Literacy students will be re-introduced to life as a reader. They will improve their financial security with access to higher paying jobs. Parents will read to their children and help them achieve success in our school systems.
Literacy Volunteers programs support Mayor Harp's Transformation Plan for New Haven with the objective of helping to  make it "The City That Reads", and Meriden's focus on improved literacy in its Family Zones.


 
 
 
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
These are the tools we use to monitor program success:
1) Attendance sheets.  Tutors fill out attendance sheets every week and email them to the Program Manager. Student attendance hours are entered into the CARS (Connecticut Adult Reporting System) each month.  As soon as the CARS system shows a student has 12 hours of class attendance, the student is scheduled for a Reading post test. Writing post-tests are scheduled after 20 hours of class time. Students who fail to attend classes are dropped.
2) Pre and post tests
The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) test is used to assess student progress. This is a standardized test that is mandated by the State Department of Education and is used for all Adult students in Connecticut. Students are tested when they begin and again after at least 12 hours of instruction.
3) Students' personal goals are tracked as well. They strive, for instance to have the skills to take a driver's test or to enter a GED program, or to be able to adequately fill out out job application. We seek to improve in 2015-16 the way in which we monitor and report  on these qualitative measures, as they are extremely important and often a factor in students returning to classes another semester or program year.
 
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"I want people who don't know how to read to know they don't have to be afraid to learn.Not knowing how to read is what holds you back, keeps you down and makes you act angry.  I felt stressed out for so long, always hiding that I couldn't read, even from my wife. Now I feel the progress I am making--I know in my gut when I read a word right. I want to be able to read so I can get my driver's license and get a job that means something to me. I want to be able to read to my son.  I feel bad when my wife says "Daddy's tired" instead of my being able to read to him.
Now I am able to use what I am learning. My neighbor and I drove to Stamford recently. He told me, "Don't get lost, look for the Merritt Parkway sign." I saw it and told him where to turn, because when I saw the sign I was able to sound out the letters.
Reading has opened up another world for me.  Now I feel that I can contribute.  I can't explain it because I never had that world before, but to me, it feels like being reborn.  It is the key to everything."
Description
1158 adults attended ESOL classes taught by Literacy Volunteer tutors in 2014-2015. They were from a total of 75 different countries, with the two largest groups being 31% Hispanic and 23% Asian.  Classes are held once or twice a week at sites throughout the community. They last for 1 1/2 to 2 hours and are taught by volunteer tutors who are trained and supported by Literacy Volunteers staff. Both day and evening classes are offered. Classes are divided into Survival, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections. A variety of curriculum materials are used. ESOL students are taught speaking, listening, reading, writing and conversation skills. All students are pre tested when they begin and post tested after at least 12 hours of  Reading tutoring. For Writing, they are tested after 12 hours of class time.


Population Served Adults / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. 63% of the students in Literacy Volunteer classes with pre and post tests in 2015-2016 moved up by at least 4 points on the CASAS reading test--many improved by much more than that. .


Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
100% literacy in our community is the ultimate goal! ESOL students who attend our classes will become proficient enough in English to get a job, speak with health professionals, help their children succeed in school , navigate in their city or town successfully and participate in meaningful ways in their community.
 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
These are the tools we used to monitor program success:
1)  Attendance Sheets. Tutors fill out attendance sheets every week and email them to the Program manager.  Student attendance hours are entered into the CARS (Connecticut Adult Reporting System) each month.  As soon as the CARS system shows a student has 12 hours of class attendance, the student is scheduled for a Reading post test. After 20 hours they are scheduled for a Writing test.
2) Pre and Post Tests
The CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System) test is used to assess student progress. This is a standardized test that is mandated by the State Department of Education and is used for all Adult students in Connecticut. Students are tested when they begin and again after at least 12 hours of instruction.
3) Student goals are also tracked, such as the desire to attain skills necessary to prepare for the US Citizenship test, or the Drivers License exam. In 2015-16 Literacy Volunteers will strive to improve our monitoring of these qualitative goals, as they are critically important to the student and are motivating factors for students continuing in the program.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"Ever since I could remember, I have wanted to attend college. When I first arrived in the United States, I could not study because I could not speak English. I had many manual jobs to pay for my expenses. They were hard jobs that paid minimum wage. However, without much education, I had no choice. Then one day in September, 2010 I started attending ESL classes at Adult Ed and at Literacy Volunteers. It transformed my life! I started to feel proud of myself and thankful to all the instructors at Literacy Volunteers.  This has opened the door for me to go to college. Since I started attending college, I am learning something new every day.  Hopefully, I will have more opportunities to find a job with a good salary.  Graduating from college will change my life forever. This would never have been possible if I had never started attending classes to learn English.  Because English is so important, I still attend classes at Literacy Volunteers."
 
Description
Training for new volunteers is offered 3 times/year. Most new volunteers contact us through our website, www.lvagnh.org when they send in an application. New tutors are welcomed by email and invited to observe tutoring classes immediately. Orientation sessions are held with all new volunteers, where staff discuss the details of the program.  Volunteers are encouraged to discuss their expectations from this volunteer opportunity to make sure it is a good fit for them. Volunteers attend 12 hours of training, taught by experienced, paid trainers. Two 12 hour training tracks are offered: one for tutors who want to work with Reading students and the other for tutors who want to work with ESL students. New tutors are required to observe several current tutors, then meet again with Staff to discuss their tutoring assignment and review the resource materials they will use. Tutors usually begin tutoring alongside an experienced tutor.
 
73 new volunteer tutors were trained in 2014-2015.
Population Served Adults / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. 70-90 new volunteers will be trained annually based upon student enrollment.  50% will remain at least 2 years, 25% will remain for 3 years and 15% will remain for 4 years.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. New volunteers will be trained annually to maintain the small group model used at Literacy Volunteers or 1 tutor for every 4 adult students. .  At the end of four years, 15% of those tutors will still be tutoring with Literacy Volunteers.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Tutor volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.  Retention is measured by how long the volunteer remains with the tutoring program and it is closely liked with tutor satisfaction. 
A tutor survey will be issued in the 2015-16 fiscal year to attain feedback, program suggestions and areas for improvement. Our objective is to ensure that the volunteer experience is rewarding, meaningful and positive in impact. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
"Throughout my business career with stock brokerage companies, I was the employee who was asked to learn the new product, software application or compliance procedure and then teach it to my co-workers.  This meant I had to translate the information into something that sales, management and support staff could not only learn, but use effectively.  I draw on the same skills in tutoring.  It has been a tremendous learning experience for me.  I believe I now view the world in terms of of creating a class and I'm always thinking "how can I teach this?"
I work with good people. My students are highly motivated, even excited to learn. The lifelong coping skills they have developed are impressive. Yet despite financial and physical  hardships and many responsibilities outside the classroom, they persevere in their dedication to improve their lives. We encourage each other. When I get stuck for ideas, I ask them for help. When I question what I am doing, they thank me for my efforts and urge me to do more. Happily, I can point to the progress of lessons learned.  To support their efforts is so gratifying for me.  I can use what I know to make someone else's life better.  I believe I often get as much out of our classes as they do."
Description In addition to literacy classes, tutoring was offered in Basic Math and Computer Skills in 2014-15 to a total of 77 adults. These classes have come about as a result of expressed need by adults in our communities, particularly those who wish to enter a GED program with our Adult Ed partners, or apply to a local community college. Numeracy skills and the ability to use a computer are absolutely necessary to participate in advanced educational opportunities and in many jobs.
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. The classes offered are small in size and supplemental to our primary Reading program. Formal measurement systems have not been developed.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Adult students will have the skills  necessary to attain better jobs, enter higher levels of education such as GED programs, or apply for entrance to a community college.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program Staff has made a recommendation that Literacy Volunteers no longer offer Computer Skills tutoring  as there are more robust classes and resources available through our public library partners. Students will be referred there as of Sept 2015.
 
Basic Math skills will continue to be offered as supplemental to our  Reading classes and a measurement system developed to gauge student progress.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

The following are samples of essays that Literacy Volunteer students wrote for the 2015 edition of "Hear Our Voices."

You can read the entire publication of our students stories and reflections  by going to www.lvagnh.org and clicking on "Hear Our Voices".

How My Life Has Changed Since Coming to Literacy Volunteers

Hari from Togo wrote:
 
Before I started taking classes I had problems reading, writing and speaking. I never got a proper job. I failed all the interviews I had. After I started taking classes I improved my English and I can write too. As a result of this I got a job in a big company and my driver's license. Literacy Volunteers school is the best school I have ever see. So I got no words to thank my lovely and special teacher who is helping me a lot.
 
Jennifer from Panama wrote:
 
Here I had the opportunity to meet people from different countries. I am really living a cultural exchange. I am very grateful with the Literacy Volunteers, since I am taking a class here, I feel more comfortable talking with other people. At the beginning ti was so difficult for me. I was always afraid to talk for my wrong pronunciation and my basic vocabulary even if I had to order food, but now iIcan talk with more fluency, and I am not worried if I make a mistake. In every class I am improving my English and my vocabulary. So, if you are learning, never give up because if you want to learn you will find a way to do it, if you fight for it, you'll get it. 
 
                                            Moving Forward
 
Luis from the USA wrote:
 
I would like to tell others who are struggling with literacy not to wait.
To start taking classes as soon as possible so they can learn and write the language to better themselves. I'm taking classes to move forward in my career.
Once you start you will feel better about yourself. Once you put your mind to it there is nothing you can't do.



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CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Donna Violante
Term Start June 2014
Email DonnaViolante@lvagnh.org
Experience
Director, CT and Western MA Combined Federal Campaign
Director, Consumer Marketing, AT&T
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 265
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 87%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ms. Doss Venema Aug 2001 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Title Data & Development Director
Title Program Manager, Meriden
Title ESL Program Manager, New Haven
Title Testing Coordinator, Gateway Community College Office
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
The New Haven office of Literacy Volunteers is located in the Literacy Resource Center at 4 Science Park, in space donated by the Science Park Development Corporation. Three partnering agencies join us there as collaborators; New Haven Reads, Concepts for Adaptive Learning and the Literacy Coalition for Greater New Haven. Together, we deliver a broad range of literacy services to the community--from reading, math, computer and ESL tutoring for adults, reading tutoring for children, free books for everyone and computer training for New Haven parents. The Literacy Volunteers Executive Director is a Board Member of the Greater New Haven Literacy Coalition and is serving as Treasurer.
 
Additional New Haven area collaborators include the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Junta for Progressive Action, IRIS, all branches of the New Haven Public Library, Liberty Community Services, Job Corps, New Haven Adult Education, Gateway Community College,   the Turkish Cultural Center in West Haven, the West Haven Community House, the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, the Yale Health Center, the Yale Bridges program, New Haven Promise Zone, Project Longevity, Branford Adult Education,  and libraries in the cities and towns surrounding New Haven.
 
Partnerships in the Valley include Valley Regional Adult Education, the Valley Community Foundation, Valley Council, Valley United Way, BH Care, the Salvation Army, the Housing Authority, Ansonia Christ Church, and all the Valley libraries.
 
Collaborations in the Meriden/Wallingford area include both Meriden and Wallingford Adult Education, the Meriden- Wallingford United Way, the Meriden Family Zone, Middlesex Community College, College and Career Readiness Center, Head Start, Master's Manna, SCOW, Shelter NOW, Meriden Hills Baptist Church, the Women & Families Center, Casa Boricua , the Housing Authority and all libraries.
 
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2011
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2011
Valley United Way2011
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2001
Comments
CEO Comments In the past, all Fund Development has been the responsibility of the Executive Director assisted by Board volunteers. The 2015-16 budget contains expenses for a part-time Fund Development Coordinator who will help develop a plan for income growth and be responsible for specific fundraising activities, supplementing those of the Executive Director.
Board Chair
Patricia A. Scussel
Company Affiliation Start Community Bank
Term Sept 2015 to June 2019
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Bill Armstrong New Haven Free Public Library
Claudia Bedoya-Rose Gateway Community College
Melissa DeLucia Albertus Magnus
Paul Flinter Wallingford Adult Education
Joyce Ghiroli Gastroenterology Center
Anthony Interlandi Law Office of Anthony J. Interlandi, LLC
Nicholas Iwanec CPABeers Hamerman & Co. P.C.
Shohag Khandaker Webster Bank
Janet Ryan Community Volunteer
Lisa Sarubbi UI Holdings
Shane Smith University of New Haven
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 Aisan
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Risk Management Provisions
Employee Dishonesty
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Board Co-Chair
Term Sept 2015 to June 2019
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Executive
Board Governance
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Carol Brutza Gateway Community College
Veronica Douglas-Givan New Haven Adult Education
Robert Fort Workforce Alliance
Nancy Fryer retired ESL teacher
Miriam James Peoples United Bank
Dave Pare Record-Journal
CEO Comments
Four new Board members were added in 2014-15, improving the overall diversity of the Board and better representing the geography of our coverage area. This included an individual who is also a Literacy Volunteer tutor and therefore adds a unique perspective on the  Board.  The Governance Committee continues to seek additional members, up to a total of 18, who will add new skills and  experience levels and help bring valuable  resources to the organization.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $401,000.00
Projected Expenses $396,310.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
At a Glance2015View
AT A GLANCE2013View
Hear Our Voices2013View
At A Gance 2013-20142013View
At A Glance2012View
Hear Our Voices!2012View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$133,914$145,183$258,414
Government Contributions$138,719$127,685$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$138,719$127,685--
Individual Contributions$20,000$23,485--
------
$1,261$6,302--
Investment Income, Net of Losses----$80
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$35,943$34,476$36,226
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$299,494$290,632$245,167
Administration Expense$45,780$30,373$35,714
Fundraising Expense$5,419$2,613$2,234
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.041.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%90%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%1%1%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$117,969$139,349$130,609
Current Assets$117,969$139,349$130,609
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$10,289$10,813$15,586
Total Net Assets$107,680$128,536$115,023
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Communtiy Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,500CT State DOE - New Haven BOE $67,724
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWerth Family Foundation $25,000Werth Family Foundation $20,000CT State DOE - Meriden BOE $32,859
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Meriden/Wallingford $18,000New Alliance Foundation $12,500The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.4712.898.38
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Our financial consultant and auditor recommend that we start to build an operating reserve. Any revenues in excess of expenses will be used to start an operating reserve.
 
Literacy Volunteers is in a unique position to maximize the use of private source dollars (not State or Federal dollars) because we are an authorized Cooperating Eligible Entity (CEE) with both the New Haven Board of Education through the Adult Education program, and the Meriden Board of Education through their Adult Ed Program.  This makes us eligible to receive as much as a 62% match from the State Department of Education, meaning that a private source grant or privately raised funds of $25,000 would allow us to leverage an additional $15,500, for a total of $40,500 to support adult literacy programs in the communities we serve.
 
 
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address Literacy Resource Center
4 Science Park
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 776-5899 103
Contact Email info@lvagnh.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Donna Violante
Board Chair Patricia A. Scussel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Start Community Bank

 

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