December 29, 2022 LVGNH

Give the Gift of Literacy

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (LV) continues to transform lives through the Power of Literacy. The hard work of our dedicated team of staff, Board, tutors, and partners resulted in several highlights and accomplishments this past year. Our tutor enrollment, the foundation of our program, resumed an upward trend, student enrollment remained constant, and new strategies and policies were implemented that positively impacted our program.

At LV students are a diverse mix of American backgrounds as well as from over 60 different countries. We are proud that this year over 500 students learned English, and strengthened their reading, math and writing skills. This enabled a portion of our students to pass their driving tests or become U.S. Citizens.  These achievements enhanced their employment opportunities which led to new or better jobs.

LV put much emphasis on Outreach, Access, and Equity. We reached out more into our communities of Greater New Haven, Meriden and Wallingford, and the Valley, connecting with community partners as well as new and returning students and tutors. We invested in resources for staff, tutors, and students such as technology, curriculum software, and workbooks. Our Equity Task Force worked at ensuring that we partnered with the public we serve to meet their personal learning goals and access needed resources. Low-literacy people are at the most risk of job loss, housing loss and health problems.

Support from donors like yourself and the wider community, enables LV to provide vital literacy services to adults who do not speak English and those with who are reading at 5th grade level or below. We all know that “Literacy is a matter of survival”!

Your financial contribution is critical!  If received before March 1, 2023, it will also be partially matched through a State Department of Education grant.

LV envisions a future in which the power of literacy enables all adults to thrive in their communities. Become a “Partner in Literacy” and “𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗚𝗶𝗳𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗟𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘆”.

From her essay, “My American Dreams Keep Coming True” by Student and LV Board Member, Fatumata Kamara

“I didn’t know how to read, write or speak English well, but when I found Literacy Volunteers my life completely changed. Reading started getting better every single day.
I received my high school diploma in 2018. Then I got a scholarship and enrolled at Gateway Community College.
Last month I received my Associate degree in Criminology. This is by far one of the most significant achievements of my life because I am the first female in my family ever to earn a college degree.”
Tutor: Karen Reyes-Benzi