LVOA seeking students, and volunteers

Published: 10/20/2018 1:06:48 AM
Modified: 10/20/2018 1:07:04 AM

 ATHOL — Interested adults from all over the north Quabbin region who desire stronger reading skills and adult speakers of English as a Second Language who want to improve their English speaking skills are both being sought by Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA) for their free and confidential tutoring service.

Who do you know who needs help with reading, or speaking English as a second language? It’s Free!

Each adult learner is paired with a professionally trained volunteer for one-on-one tutoring. With instruction designed just for them, students learn at their own pace. Tutor sessions are once or twice weekly for one to two hours at a time. Working with a volunteer tutor may be the first step toward finding a better job, entering a job training program, or getting skills stronger in order to attend classes at a community college.

“We are getting a good response from our current poster campaign, but we know there are more potential students to find,” said LVOA Coordinator Louise Doud recently. “The need is out there; they may just not know about our program yet. It’s a fact that literate people earn more money, and being able to correctly speak English so you are easily understood gets you lots of places!”

Interested adults can contact LVOA at 978-249-5381or at, or can stop by the LVOA office in the Athol Public Library, Tuesday 3 to 7 p.m. or Thursday 1-5 p.m. Or, call to make an appointment at another time. LVOA is also interested in hearing from people who would like to become tutors.

Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol is a self-help program enabling people from the North Quabbin community to help and learn from their neighbors, and is affiliated with the United Way of North Central Massachusetts and Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, the latter being the state’s leading provider of volunteer literacy tutoring services to adults.

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