Doud, Literacy Volunteers launch renewed effort to help others

  • Left to right, Angela Dumas, Christine Miranda, Elaine Reardon, Christopher Hamlin and Louise Doud (coordinator) Volunteers are currently being trained to tutor adults in basic reading and writing, and English as a second language, and are looking for adults in the North Quabbin area who would like to be tutored. It is free. Call 978-249-5381. Athol Daily News/Deborrah Porter

Staff Writer
Published: 3/6/2018 10:02:59 AM
Modified: 3/6/2018 10:03:04 AM

ATHOL — The Literacy Volunteers of Athol and Orange are ramping up efforts to assist adults who want to learn to read and write English.  

Louise Doud, program coordinator for the Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA), announced there are new openings in its free adult literacy one-on-one tutoring program in basic reading and writing, or for adult immigrants who want to improve their English speaking skills.

Trained volunteer tutors will be available starting mid-March. Each student will be able to work toward his or her own individual goals with the support of their tutor. Persons interested are asked to contact Doud, as soon as possible, by phone at 978-249-5381 or by email at

Interested people can also stop in at the LVOA office on the first floor of the Athol Public Library on Tuesday 3 to 7 p.m. or Thursday 1 to 5 p.m.

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in volunteering as tutors on Tuesday evening, March 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Athol Public Library on Main Street. A new training course begins in April. Once training is completed, tutors are asked for a minimum commitment of three hours per week.

Literacy Volunteers of Orange/Athol (LVOA) provides free, private and confidential tutoring to adults and youth ages 16 and older in basic reading and writing, and in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), through the use of professionally trained and supported volunteer tutors. Students are able to learn at their own pace and in the best way for them.

In addition to individualized tutoring, LVOA provides supplemental services such as Books for Babies, a program to distribute children’s books to parents, encourage reading to infants and increase awareness of LVOA’s services.

LVOA is an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and receives funds to support its programs from the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

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