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

Who We Are

A volunteer Board of Directors oversees LVOA, assisted by one paid coordinator. They are a hard working group responsible for all aspects of LVOA's mission, policy and governance. The Board meets monthly and enthusiasitcally embraces its responsibilities. Board memebers have relevant experience and skills as well as considerable roots in the North Quabbin comumunity

All Board members serve a term of one year and serve on the Fundraising and Nominating committees.

We are always looking for people passionate about adult literacy to join our Board of Directors and committees. Please contact us if you are interested - you can serve on a committee with or without becoming a Board member. We would love to hear from you!

Our Current Board Members

Jennifer Aldrich - New Salem Joined July 8, 2019

Secretary (as of July 8, 2019) member, Outreach & Publicity committee, Chair, Book Bags for Babies Committees

Director of Programs, Valuing Our Children

Megan Shaughnessy - Athol Joined July 8, 2019

Member, Outreach & Publicity and Book Bags for Babies committees

Mathematics teacher, Athol High School, former Program Director, Athol YMCA

Lori Hunt-Peterson - Athol Joined June 8, 2020

Board Chair (as of June 8, 2020)

Member, Outreach and Publicity Committe

Volunteer Tutor in Basic Literacy

Professional Cantor for three local Catholic churches

Thomas Siefert - Shutesbury Joined July 14, 2020

Member, Finance Committee

Volunteer Tutor in Basic Literacy

Retired college professor

Cindy Clark - Petersham - Joined February 2021

Volunteer tutor Basic Literacy

Retired Mathematics teacher


We Are Hiring - 3-12-22

Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA) seeks an energetic, poised individual to coordinate the LVOA program that provides free, private, individualized and confidential tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing, and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The ideal candidate for this position will have excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills. The candidate must exercise excellent judgment and discretion with confidential or sensitive materials, have a strong sense of customer service, be a problem-solver and be compassionate in interpersonal dealings. We are seeking a dedicated person who sees helping others as a passion more than as a job. LVOA welcomes a range of applicants from recent college graduates to experienced professionals returning to the work force. LVOA is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM).

During COVID, and in accordance with LVM, LVOA and local regulations, it is possible to work remotely.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  1. Meet targeted annual program goals set by grantors, LVM and LVOA Board of Directors.
  2. Coordinate community outreach to increase program visibility and recruit volunteer tutors and students.
  3. Conduct volunteer information sessions.
  4. Coordinate LVOA registrations for prospective volunteer tutors to attend online tutor training workshops conducted by other LVM affiliates.
  5. Conduct student intake interviews and assessments.
  6. Match tutors and students and provide ongoing support to tutor/student pairs through monthly contact, in-service trainings, open houses, a newsletter, use of social media, a reference/lending library, individual consultations and other means.
  7. Develop new program initiatives to meet the needs of students.
  8. Maintain accurate tutor/student records and submit required reports and data in a timely way.
  9. Attend all LVM statewide program coordinators' meetings and trainings, and additional professional development opportunities.
  10. Represent LVOA with community organizations.
  1. Attend all LVOA Board meetings and provide support to the Board.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Minimum B.A. degree required.
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to implement programs.
  3. Ability to work with diverse groups and sensitively interact with a diverse group of volunteers and adult students.
  4. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  5. Possess a genuine interest in promoting adult literacy and compassion for the struggles of adult learners.
  6. Ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends for in-services or special events.
  7. Occasional travel required.
  8. Excellent internet and computer skills required (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, Constant Contact or Mail Chimp).

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in nonprofit management, volunteer programs, adult basic education or ESOL desirable.
  2. Bi-lingual or bi-cultural.
  3. Social media and desktop publishing skills are desirable.

Hours and Compensation:

The position is primarily grant funded under grants from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the United Way of North Central Massachusetts and is contingent upon appropriations and program performance. This is a 10 hour a week position for 50 weeks with a rate of

$23/hour. There are no benefits offered.

To Apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to and put “LVOA Coordinator Search” in the subject line. The position is immediately available, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. LVOA complies with all federal and state employment, ADA and non-discrimination laws.