Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol
Changing Lives...One Syllable at a Time
Serving the 9 Town North Quabbin Region...and beyond

Become a Tutor

LVOA tutors are patient, dedicated individuals who want to share their time and talents to help other adults improve their literacy and conversational English skills.

Free Tutoring for Adults

Literacy students come from all walks of life and represent adults of all ages, income levels, cultures and communties.

Support Us

There are several ways you can help those in need of our services and expand our reach to more people in need.


Besides becoming a tutor, there are other opportunities to work with us to help those in need of our services.

What is LVOA?

Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA) is a non-profit organization that has been helping adults improve their reading, writing and English speaking skills in the North Quabbin region since 1975.

LVOA provides free, private, and confidential tutoring to adults and youth ages 16 and older in basic reading and writing and in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), through the use of professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors.

Students learn at their own pace and in a manner best suited to their learning style. We help students improve skills in order to, obtain a driver's license, apply for a new job, read to their children and grandchildren, read recipes, take high school equivalency exams, continue their education, and apply for citizenship. Supplemental services include math instruction and small group classes.

In addition, LVOA runs Books for Babies, a program to distribute children's books to parents, encouraging reading from infancy onward and increasing awareness of LVOA's services.

Why is LVOA needed?

There are 90 million adults in the U.S. (nearly half the U.S. population) who cannot read, write or speak English well enough to cope with daily life. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, nearly 2,000 individuals in Athol alone did not finish their high school education.

Where is LVOA?

Our office is located on the lower level of the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street in Athol. Tutoring and classes are held in different locations, including online.

You can reach us at 978-249-5381 or

Book Bags for Babies

Book Bags for Babies

LVOA offers parents of young children 0-3 years a handmade cloth book bag, replete with books to read to their children, along with helpful pamphlets about literacy and services available to them in the North Quabbin area.

Book Bags for Babies is a project of the LVOA with help from the Athol Public Library, Friends of the Library, Valuing Our Children, and many, many sewers and fabric donators.

Call or email us for more information.