Who We Are
What is Literacy Volunteers?
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is a non-profit organization that has been active in the region since 1976. Last year Literacy Volunteers supported 241 volunteer tutors who delivered free tutoring to more than 1396 adult students at 36 sites.
Literacy Volunteers is supported by Connecticut Department of Education funds, private and corporate foundations, and community grants (CDBG dollars, the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, United Way of Meriden/Wallingford, the Valley United Way, the Valley Community Foundation) as well as donations from individuals and businesses.
How Does the Program Work?
Adults who speak English but need help learning to read at a higher level work together in small groups. The groups meet twice a week with trained volunteer tutors using an established curriculum with workbooks. A computer software program provides additional help.
Non-English speaking (ESOL or English for Speakers of Other Languages) adults also work with tutors in small group settings. Classes are held weekly at a variety of sites throughout the area.
Day and night time classes are offered. All classes are free and are set up on a semester basis.
Who are the Tutors?
Tutors come from many different backgrounds – men and women of all ages and diverse life experiences. They may be retired, have full-time jobs or they may be students. Many have some college experience. Only a few have previously taught. What tutors have in common is their desire to help someone improve his or her life.
Tutors go through an Orientation and Training Program before they start tutoring. They receive ongoing support from Literacy Volunteers program managers, who help the tutors prepare lessons, test students and locate helpful resource materials.