Make Improving Literacy Your New Year’s Resolution

Submitted by Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County

A typical New Year’s resolution involves things like losing weight, giving up a bad habit or getting more organized. While those goals are important to the person making them, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County (LVOC) is asking the people of Oswego County to expand their 2011 New Year’s resolutions and help their fellow community members.

Nationwide, one in seven adults cannot read, write or do math above an elementary school level. One in five Oswego County residents cannot read and write sufficiently to carry out day-to-day activities at work and home.

LVOC is looking for volunteers to provide instruction, and is also seeking assistance with spreading the word about their programs to those in need of assistance. For those interested in tutoring, no prior experience is necessary.

LVOC is part of a national network of literacy organizations offering critical education programs that help American adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math and English as a second language.

“We exist through the help of dedicated community volunteers,” said Jane Murphy, Executive Director of LVOC. “We match trained volunteers with adults so they can form long-term bonds and work together to continue building the students’ reading, writing or language skills. It is a longer term commitment than a one-time volunteer project, but the benefits to both people are invaluable and have an exponential impact.”

LVOC is an accredited member of ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, and is one of 1,200 community-based organizations that make up the ProLiteracy network.

“Literacy literally has the power to change lives,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Particularly in this economy, adults need literacy to help them be competitive for jobs and to help keep themselves and their families healthy. By helping these adults gain the education they deserve, we’re helping them and their children come together to solve problems and create stronger neighborhoods and communities.”

For more information on becoming involved with Literacy Volunteers, visit or call 315-342-8839.