Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore CT
P.O. Box 1006
Westbrook CT 06498-1006
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1006
Westbrook, CT 06498-1006
Telephone (860) 399-0280 x
Fax 860-399-0378
E-mail jargersinger@lvvs.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

To help students in the 11 towns we serve to improve their abilities to read, write, and speak English more fluently; to help improve their working and personal lives; to help them achieve personal and professional fulfillment, however they define it; and to help them become better able to contribute to the community we share.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1978
Former Names
Literacy Volunteers of America-Valley Shore
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Christine Homa
Board Chair Nancy McCormick
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

To help students in the 11 towns we serve to improve their abilities to read, write, and speak English more fluently; to help improve their working and personal lives; to help them achieve personal and professional fulfillment, however they define it; and to help them become better able to contribute to the community we share.

Background

 In 1979, Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc. (LVVS) was founded to teach English as a second language (ESL) to refugee families from Laos and Vietnam that were immigrating to communities along the shoreline. On July 5, 1980, 18 tutors completed the first LVVS training program. On July 14, 1980, LVVS was incorporated.

Impact
 LVVS has:
  • Tutored 150+ students
  • Done it in complete confidence
  • Done it at no cost to them
  • Helped them achieve more rewarding daily lives, at work and in the community
Needs
  1. Raise $50,000 during fiscal 2019-2020
  2. Upgrade our training materials 
  3. Train 50 tutors, certify them, and match them with students
CEO Statement

We aspire to be a visible, viable, soundly constituted, and financially sustainable organization dedicated to creating a fluent, fully literate future for the residents of the 11 towns we serve — one student, one tutor, one word at a time. But we can't do it without your help.

 Your contributions make it possible for us to train more tutors, tutor more people in our community, create more programs, help make the American Dream come true for more people.
Board Chair Statement
Illiteracy isn't going away. But we can cure it. Improved literacy contributes to economic growth, reduces poverty and crime, increases civic engagement, promotes better health by making information accessible, and increases self-esteem and self-confidence.
 
Most important, it improves the quality of life for everyone in a self fulfilling circle:
  • The more people in the community who read, the more people who contribute to the community.
  • The more people who contribute to the community, the better the quality of life.
  • The better the quality of life, the more people who have the opportunity to read.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Adult Education
Secondary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Citizen Participation
Tertiary Organization Category Community Improvement, Capacity Building / Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
Areas Served
Branford
Guilford
Madison
Though we cover the towns listed, we serve students from eight other area towns who work in the towns listed in our profile.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

  • 10% of Connecticut residents over 25 don’t possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • More than 50% of Connecticut adults function at the two lowest levels of literacy
  • Those who struggle with forms are more likely to be low-wage employees.
    Nearly 64% have never used a computer.
    Just 27% have high school diplomas or equivalents.
    Those with diplomas are 2-4% more likely to be employed full-time.

 

Programs
Description
Volunteer tutors, trained and certified by LVVS (accredited by ProLiteracy, Inc.) to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) help students improve their abilities to read, write, and speak English one-to-one and in complete confidence. Our tutoring is provided free of charge to the student/
Population Served Adults / Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees / Native Americans
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.
Our goal for this coming year is to train an additional 48 tutors and bring in an additional 100 students to the literacy program and to assist our existing student population to make incremental gains in reading level, writing proficiency, in achieving citizenship, obtaining and retaining employment and in preparing for and entering secondary education. Further, we hope to have our tutors help their students increase their competency levels by one increment during the next fiscal year.
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.
Our vision is to develop a financially secure, highly visible organization and create dynamic relationships that will enable us to meet 100% of the literacy needs of the community.
Description
Works with area companies to tailor curricula to vocabularies, phrases, idiomatic expressions, and conversations pertinent to the jobs they offer. The Initiative provides the same confidential, one-to-one tutoring we offer to every student, with the goals of increase their productivity and improving their professional and personal lives.
Population Served / /
Program Comments
CEO Comments
In a climate of decreasing grants and increasing need, we rely on individual and corporate donors for our sustainability. This isn’t a matter of available resources. It’s a matter of choices and priorities. Consider:
  • According to boxofficemojo.com, total domestic movie box office receipts for 2016 were $11,334,675,347
  • According to literacypolicy.org the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title II allocation for 2015 was $582,667
  • WIOA state grant allocations for 2015 were: $568,955
Thats’s a difference of $11,333,523,725.
For a fraction of that $11 billion, we can change lives. You can change lives.
Please help us.

CEO/Executive Director
Christine Homa
Term Start Feb 2018
Email choma@lvvs.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 203
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
John FerraraJuly 2010 - Jan 2017
Ms. Mary Ellen JewettJune 1987 - June 2010
Senior Staff
Title Administrative Assistant
Experience/Biography
She brings twenty years experience in positions as administrative assistant, purchasing, sales and client services as well as non-profit teaching experience. She holds a degree in Economics from Gonzaga University.

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
Comments
CEO Comments Given the age of previous planning documents, the new Executive Director has made it a priority to develop Fundraising, Communications, Strategic, and Succession Plans, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, as soon as reasonably possible.
Board Chair
Nancy McCormick
Company Affiliation none
Term Oct 2018 to June 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Paula ChabotRetired
Elaine Clark
Sharon ColvinCommunity Volunteer
Ken GamermanCommunity Volunteer
Cheri GoliaCommunity Volunteer
Susan Graves
Jon LeibermanCommunity Volunteer
Linda LiptrotCommunity Volunteer
Pam Moynagh
Alicia Rubino
Nancy ShapiroCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 10
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Membership
Nominating
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Ann LanderCommunity Volunteer
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $55,000.00
Projected Expenses $50,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$11,718$20,062$19,040
Current Assets$10,496$17,370$16,423
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$497$8,143$759
Total Net Assets$11,221$11,919$18,281
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments In the previous six years, expenses have exceeded revenues. The Board of Directors and the Treasurer are working to reverse this trend and restore reserves.
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 P.O. Box 1006
Westbrook, CT 064981006
Primary Phone 860 399-0280
Contact Email jargersinger@lvvs.org
CEO/Executive Director Christine Homa
Board Chair Nancy McCormick
Board Chair Company Affiliation none

 

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