Who We Are


Our Mission


Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (LV) envisions a future in which the power of literacy enables all adults to thrive in their communities. Our mission is to foster partnerships with adult learners, tutors, and communities that enable individuals and families to achieve educational, career, and quality of life goals.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven (LVGNH) provides free tutoring to help adults improve speaking, reading and writing English. Volunteers tutor these adult students year-round in locations where they live and work. We serve Greater New Haven, Meriden, Wallingford and the Valley towns. We tutor adult students from: Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Meriden, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.

Elizabeth Gumbart, a current Cheshire resident, started Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven in 1975. It was officially incorporated in 1977. Today we are a non-profit [501(C)(3)] agency which serves about 1,400 adult students each year from the U.S. and more than 60 different countries. We recruit, train and support about 300 volunteers.

LVAGNH, Gateway, Adult Literacy

Literacy Volunteers is accredited by the national literacy association ProLiteracy. We are supported by Connecticut Department of Education funds, private foundations and community grants, as well as donations from individuals and businesses.

Literacy Volunteers is part of the Literacy Resource Center at 5 Science Park, New Haven, along with New Haven Reads and Concepts for Adaptive Learning. We are a member of the Coalition on Adult Basic Education, Connecticut Association for Adult and Continuing Education and Chambers of Commerce in the towns we serve.

Annual Reports


Our annual reports provide details of our program work and a list of our supporters. Download our most recent annual reports in PDF format below.2020-2021 (pdf)

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