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 the best way for them. We help students improve skills to, for instance, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org