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 $389,120.00
Projected Expenses $389,120.00
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, 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.

We carry out the mission of empowering adults through literacy by:
1) Recruiting Volunteers who learn about the opportunity  from community flyers, our website( www.lvagnh.org), the Literacy Coalition website (literacyeveryday.org) outreach, events, social media,  Board members, Chambers, the United Ways, and word of mouth advertising.
2)New tutors  are trained 3 times/year by experienced paid trainers. No prior educational/teaching experienced is required. They are trained in either the Basic Reading program,or in ESOL.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, family members/friends and employers result in 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 establishing training/development, testing students, providing curriculum and resource materials,  on-site visits to tutoring sites, and forums where all 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 entered into the statewide Adult Education system. Last year 65% of the Meriden-Wallingford students, 61% of New Haven  students and 50% of Valley learners who  were pre and post tested made significant gains (a four or more point improvement).
 
 
Impact 2015-2016 Accomplishments
  • STUDENTS:   1,439 total adults attended Literacy Volunteer classes from 70 different countries including the USA..    
  • TUTORS:  255 volunteer tutors helped these students learn to read, write and speak English.  85 were new tutors,trained in ESOL and Basic Literacy tutoring techniques and curriculum.
  • IMPACT: 65% of  students who had been pre and post tested in the Meriden-Wallingford program, 61%  in greater New Haven and 50% in the Valley program made a four or more point gain in Reading as measured by the CASAS test, the standard for adult education in CT. A four point gain is considered significant  by the State Department of Education.
  •  Thirteen new program sites were opened in neighborhood locations convenient to students through collaboration with our libraries and partnerships with other community agencies and Adult Ed.
  • Literacy Volunteers' first ESOL program at an area business was initiated at Chabaso Bakery where twelve employees were tutored in English conversation and reading.
  • Donor database technology was implemented to improve donor communications, record keeping and analysis.    

Goals for 2016-2017:

  1. Continue to increase visibility and outreach in all three program areas, to include messaging on "40 years of serving and empowering adults in our communities".
  2. Increase Board diversity and  development with special emphasis on representation from the Valley and Meriden-Wallingford communities. 
  3. Maintain student numbers in the New Haven and  Meriden  programs. Increase the number of students served in Wallingford  and the  Valley.
  4. Maintain 2016  student achievement levels in Reading, which have risen  over the last three years. Develop strategies  for improvement in reading gains by Valley students.
  5. Create a fund development plan that will help change the mix of funding sources over time, with less dependency on state grants. 
  6. Improve efficiency, communications and  income growth with the new donor database technology installed in 2016.
 
Needs
  • Income growth for financial stability and program expansion, including building a reserve for operating expenses.
  • Board recruitment and development.
  • Outreach to build awareness of Literacy Volunteers and its positive impact on the community over the last 40 years.
  • 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 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).

These individuals struggle in many aspects of their lives:  Adults with low literacy skills have difficulty finding jobs with adequate pay. As a result, 43% of adults with low literacy levels, nationally, live in poverty. They cannot help their children succeed in  school because they are unable to read to them and help them with homework. Sadly, children of parents with low reading levels have a 72% chance of also being poor readers.When prescriptions and even food labels cannot be read, illiteracy can cause costly medical problems. In addition, adults with inadequate reading skills can  experience higher on-the-job accident and error rates.
Iliteracy, however, is a solvable problem, and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is uniquely positioned to help.  Every day we see the positive difference that tutoring makes with our adult students. The volunteer tutors we train and support are creative, energetic and supportive.  Classes are small and the time commitment for our learners is manageable. Student confidence grows as new skills are learned.  Friendships are formed and learning is celebrated. Curiosity is rediscovered and ideas are discussed. Referrals are made for job training, US citizenship, and further study through Adult Ed and even our community colleges.  Our students are motivated to learn and testing confirms that they have made significant improvements.

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.

I invite you to please call us and set up a visit to observe classes first hand ! 

Donna Violante,  Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

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.”

I, along with all of our board members, have a strong commitment to this mission and vision statement. We have seen the need firsthand, and we have seen the difference our tutors can make in the lives of people in our community.
I first became involved with Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven in the late 1990s as a tutor. I had always had a love for reading, and had been working for a publishing company. During those years, our editor was a Literacy volunteer. I listened to her stories about how she was able to help people who lived in her community learn to read. I was surprised there were so many people who needed help. I knew helping people learn how to read was something I wanted to do as well. My first tutoring assignment was assisting an adult education class. The class was comprised of people from every country imaginable. Their reasons for wanting to learn how to read English were just as diverse. Seeing the advancements of the students from September to June was extraordinary.  I soon joined the Board of Directors, and have served on and off for more than 10 years. I’m honored to be the current Board President.Our board represents a good cross-section of the New Haven, Meriden/Wallingford and Valley communities. Our Governance committee works diligently to ensure we have board members who have strengths in specific areas such as legal, human resources, finance and marketing, and live and work in the communities we serve. Also, while we have always had a tutor or former tutor serving on our board, we now have our first member who was a student when he arrived in the United States.
Literacy Volunteers has experienced many successes :
In the past 40 years,  nearly 14,000 individuals have been taught free of charge by a Literacy Volunteer tutor. In 2016 alone, we had over 250 tutors who worked with approximately 1,400 students.
Having a large volunteer base  allows for a low tutor to student ratio, which, in turn, translates into higher levels of achievement. Student testing outcomes shows that as many as 65% of our students achieve at least a 4 point  gain on the CASAS test.
"Hear Our Voices" , our student publication of written essays and reflections continues to be an extraordinary vehicle for our students to share their stories.
Our 2016 Scrabble Challenge signature event was our most successful to date! Seventy-five teams battled it out for the top prizes.
As with most nonprofits, our greatest struggles have been associated with budget cuts.  Literacy Volunteers board members have worked with staff to decrease our costs to the bare minimal, and are always on the lookout for new sources of funding.
Our board is  100% committed to ensuring we meet our goals and provide the best possible programs for our students.
Patti Scussel, 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
255 adults received FREE help with reading skills from Literacy Volunteer tutors in 2015-2016. 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.
Up to 65% of the students in Literacy Volunteer reading classes in 2015-2016  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
1109 adults attended ESOL classes taught by Literacy Volunteer tutors in 2015-2016.    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.


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.
 
85 new volunteer tutors were trained in 2015-2016.
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 2015-2016 to a total of 75 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.
Description
In 2011, in collaboration with the Meriden-Wallingford United Way, Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven created a Community Book Bank at 14 West Main Street, in a former bank vault. Its goal was to encourage our adult learners to read to their children, and to advance family literacy. Since that time, 55,255 gently-used childrens' books have been collected, categorized, displayed and distributed to families in need, schools, and social service agencies in Meriden and Wallingford. In 2015-16 alone, 6,870 books were collected with 6,454 donated into the community. The Book Bank is run by volunteers.
 
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments




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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
Treasurer, Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven
Member, Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 275
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate 87%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 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 agencies join us there as collaborators: New Haven Reads, Concepts for Adaptive Learning and the Literacy Coalition for Greater New Haven.  Our ESOL Center at Gateway is also a gift-in-kind from our partners  at Gateway Community College, and the support of Dr Dorsey Kendrick. Additional  collaborators include the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Junta for Progressive Action, IRIS,  the New Haven Public Library and the libraries throughout greater New Haven, the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Reading, the American Job Center,  Fellowship Place, Keefe Community Center, SCSU, Quinnipiac University, the Yale Health Center,  New Haven Promise Zone, Project Longevity,  Project Fresh Start, New Haven and Branford Adult Ed.
 Partnerships in the Valley include the Valley Community Foundation, Valley United Way and Valley Council, BHCare, Spooner House, Norman Ray House, and all the libraries.
For a list of our Meriden and Wallingford collaborative relationships, see the last page of "2016 Hear Our Voices", published online at www.lvagnh.org

 
 
 
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance2016
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2016
Valley United Way2016
United Way of Greater New Haven2016
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
Tina Burgett Tha APT Foundation
Paul Flinter Wallingford Adult Education
Anthony Interlandi Law Office of Anthony J. Interlandi, LLC
Nicholas Iwanec CPABeers Hamerman & Co. P.C.
Shohag Khander
Kamal Lahlah Protein Sciences Corp.
Karla Lindquist Economic Developmentt, City of New Haven
Yliana Miller Wells Fargo Bank
Lisa Sarubbi UI Holdings
Shane Smith University of New Haven
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Asian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 5
Risk Management Provisions
Employee Dishonesty
Blanket Personal Property
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
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
Nancy Fryer retired ESL teacher
Miriam James Peoples United Bank
Dave Pare Record-Journal
Janet Ryan Retired
CEO Comments
Four new Board members were added in 2015-2016, improving the overall diversity of the Board and better representing the geography of our coverage area. This included an individual who is a former ESOL student who learned English with the help of our organization. Today that person is employed by a renowned biotechnology CT company and is attaining a Masters Degree in Biochemistry.  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 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $389,120.00
Projected Expenses $389,120.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
At a Glance2016View
At a Glance2015View
At A Gance 2013-20142014View
AT A GLANCE2013View
Hear Our Voices2013View
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.
 
 
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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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Boost Economic Success

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.

Provide Quality Education

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.