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Web Site: http://www.lvagnh.org
4 Science Park, 1st Floor, New Haven, CT 06511 - 1953
Tel: (203) 776-5899 Fax: (203) 865-3867

Non-profit agency that recruits, trains, and supports volunteer literacy tutors to work with adults. All tutoring is done at sites throughout the community and is provided free of charge.

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Campaign for Literacy is now a fight for life.

June 8, 2020

"Transforming Lives Through Literacy." That is the mission that inspires, and continues to guide, the free programs offered by Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven to any adult hoping to enhance their future through the power of reading and writing. Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic struck, more than 800 students were being helped by LVAGNH programs in reading, writing, English conversation and basic math. Over 200 volunteer tutors, guided by the agency's professional staff, were working with students in multiple venues throughout greater New Haven, Meriden, Wallingford and the lower Naugatuck Valley. But the virus - and the regulations to contain it - upended those programs as well as the lives of students and tutors alike. But what has not changed is the LVAGNH commitment to carrying out its mission, despite the health emergency and resulting economic collapse. These uncertain times underscore the vital importance of literacy skills more than ever. And for those most vulnerable, trying to navigate medical and personal safety challenges as well as the dire financial landscape, basic literacy is fundamentally a matter of survival. So LVAGNH has mobilized to transform its programs by re-imagining the ways that tutors interact with students after in-person sessions were suspended in March to comply with social-distancing guidelines. To conduct lessons as regularly as possible, tutors are reaching out to students in all sorts of ways, ranging from phone calls to texts and emails to FaceTime and Zoom, and even good, old-fashioned mail. The goal remains the same: keep students engaged and learning, despite the dramatically changed circumstances. Easy-to-read materials specifically addressing COVID-19 issues and other important health guidance also have been distributed to students, particularly those identified as the most vulnerable by LVAGNH staff and tutors. With these challenges in focus, and new ones that seem to arise daily, LVAGNH staff and tutors remain determined to continue their work and exploring new ways to regain momentum once in-person tutoring can resume. The staff has begun to consider new learning strategies for students whose interest and goals may have changed because of the pandemic. With vital support from donors and the wider community, Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is more committed than ever to its mission, with a broader outlook, by helping "Save ... Strengthen ... Rebuild ... and Transform Lives Through Literacy." Literacy Volunteers of New Haven | 5 Science Park, 2nd Floor Rear, New Haven, CT 06511 Sent by louisperno@lvagnh.org


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