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The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol is to promote literacy skills that empower adults to realize their educational, vocational and personal goals.
LVOA volunteers help adults acquire the literacy and English language skills that empower them to realize their goals. By improving their basic skills through tutoring, adults are better able to meet life's challenges, be self-sufficient, provide for their families, help their children with homework, read a daily newspaper, enjoy more independence and gain self-confidence. Prospective volunteers attend a volunteer orientation (2 hours) and successfully complete a tutor training (18 hours) in either basic literacy or ESOL prior to being certified and matched to work with a student. Volunteers then work one-to-one with a student for 2 hours per week for a minimum of 9 to 12 months at mutually convenient times and places in the community. Lessons are student-centered and individualized so that an adult is learning skills building on individual strengths in the context of what is relevant, interesting and important to the student. All tutoring services are free and confidential. After being matched, volunteers and students receive ongoing support from LVOA's professional staff.
LVOA is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.
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