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September 19, 2018

Local Residents Volunteer for Literacy


Shown is the latest LVOC tutor graduating class.  Standing from left to right: Judy Funk, Beverly Aubin Laurie Kester and Regina Setikas; tutor trainer.  Seated from left to right are Vivian Anderson and Katie Gallogly.  Not pictured is Laurie Barnett.  An evening training is being offered for anyone interested.  For more information on our literacy training programs, please contact LVOC at 342-8839.

Shown is the latest LVOC tutor graduating class. Standing from left to right: Judy Funk, Beverly Aubin Laurie Kester and Regina Setikas; tutor trainer. Seated from left to right are Vivian Anderson and Katie Gallogly. Not pictured is Laurie Barnett. An evening training is being offered for anyone interested. For more information on our literacy training programs, please contact LVOC at 342-8839.

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County, Inc. (LVOC) is proud to announce that its latest tutor class has graduated and is ready to start tutoring Oswego County adults. LVOC tutors complete 18-hours of training which includes how to teach adults basic literacy skills. As certified tutors, they are matched with adults who require their services. They then meet with their learner at a public place convenient to them both during the times they are available to tutor. “They will be teaching basic literacy or other skills with materials and assistance provided to them by our office,” said Jane Murphy, LVOC executive director. “We currently have a waiting list of learners so new tutors are always a welcome sight.”

LVOC will be hosting their next evening tutor training session in May. Volunteers who would enjoy helping adults improve their basic reading, writing, math, and English Language skills are needed. Tutors for English Language Learners (ELL) do not need to speak a foreign language.

WHY volunteer as an LVOC tutor? “Literacy arouses hopes, not only in society as a whole but also in the individual who is striving for fulfillment, happiness and personal benefit by learning how to read and write” (UNESCO Institute for Education). One in five adults in Oswego County struggle with completing everyday activities due to low literacy skills.

Tutors must be high school graduates and be able to meet for 2 hours per week in a public location in their community. Volunteers must have patience and be sensitive to a variety of learning styles and ethnic backgrounds.

Our next training is scheduled for the month of May. The dates for the evening training are May 10, 12, 17, 19, and 24, with graduation being on the 26th. Training will be held from 5:30pm to 8:30pm each evening in the LVOC office at Pathfinder Bank, 34 East Bridge Street, Suite 301. Orientation is available on-line as soon as registration is complete and must be finished prior to being signed up for the classes.

Volunteers interested in this exciting program can call 342-8839 or visit www.lvoswego.org. LVOC is a member agency of United Way of Greater Oswego County.

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