Educational Institutions

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

  • Worcester, MA
  • www.lvgw.org

Mission Statement

We are a community non-profit supported by over 100 trained volunteers. Our mission is to advance the learning of the English language for Adults in our community.
We provide essential, “one-to-one”, Basic Literacy or English (ESOL) Tutoring for Adults. This service is free, confidential, individualized, and year-round.In addition to the one-to-one tutoring, students have opportunities to attend our Literacy Academy. We have a faculty of certified ESOL and reading teachers who work with clients in small classes.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy Academy
  2. One-to-one Tutoring Services
  3. Home in Worcester
  4. Your Child, Your Help

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Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

LVGW serves the Greater Worcester area. Some of the surrounding cities from which are students come are: Worcester, Auburn, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Northborough, Holden, Rutland, Paxton, Webster, and Westborough.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Laurie Tigan

Keywords

Self-reported

ESL, Adult Basic Education, Literacy, Learning English, Tutoring

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EIN

04-2914294

 Number

5926662666

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2011 year, LVGW served over 300 students from 58 countries. These students attended group classes, and free one-to-one tutoring. 12 group classes were available to students during each semester.
 
Currently, 167 students receive individualized tutoring support. By the end of 2013, our goal is for 200 students to receive free, personalized tutoring, to help them meet their individual goals.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Literacy Academy

From September-April of each year, 12 classes in ESOL or Basic Literacy are offered to our students. Our ESOL classes include 3 levels: Survival English, Beginner, and Intermediate. Students can attend classes for computer learning (Rosetta Stone), pronunciation, speaking, or writing.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

One-to-one Tutoring Services

LVGW offers free, private, confidential, and individualized tutoring, year round. Students that are learning to speak English, or are learning to read and write are eligible for our services.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Home in Worcester

In 2012, LVGW, partnered with the Worcester Public Library to offer Citizenship classes. These classes provide information to anyone who is interested in becoming a US citizen. The classes are free and offered several times each year.

Category

Adults

Population(s) Served

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Other Minorities

None

Budget

Program 4

Your Child, Your Help

Beginning in September 2013, LVGW will begin a pilot program. This program is for adults that are learning English and have children in the Public School system. The classes will familiarize Adult parents with the school system vocabulary, library resources, approaching teachers, etc.

Category

Adults

Population(s) Served

Adults

Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Single Parents

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    At LVGW, we seek to fully eradicate Adult illiteracy in our community, by providing the Adult population with the language and literacy skills they need to achieve their individual goals. We believe that all people who are motivated deserve a chance to learn and understand the usage of the English language. As a needs-based organization, LVGW aims to serve immigrants, refugees, emerging and non-readers, and those who are wait-listed in other Adult learning programs. LVGW strives to serve each and student that walks through the doors with immediate services, catered to the individual's need(s), including: one-to-one tutoring in ESOL and Basic Literacy, ESL group classes, Citizenship classes, and small conversation circles. Our students' goals include:
    • Passing the Driving test
    • Applying for US Citizenship
    • Improving Speaking and Oral Skills
    • Learning to read, write, and help school age children with homework
    • Applying for jobs
    • Developing skills to improve employment situations
    • Navigating Healthcare systems
    • Increasing awareness of US Culture
    We believe the individual, confidential tutoring is the most effective, and direct way to meet our Students' needs. LVGW currently has over 120 volunteer tutors. Our 5 year plan is to both maintain and increase the number of volunteer tutors through training, support, relevant curriculum and resources. We also aim to improve our existing services by targeting the population of parents with school age children in the Greater Worcester region. Our new pilot program "Your Child, Your Help" will provide ESL classes specifically for parents, increasing their awareness of the Public School systems, and enabling parents to be more involved in their children's schooling.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our stategic goals are to:
    -Diversify and expand our funding sources
    -Develop and expand our community partnerships and collaborations
    -Ensure that we employ and retain highly trained staff
    -Improve our working and teaching environment
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

LVGW serves the Greater Worcester area. Some of the surrounding cities from which are students come are: Worcester, Auburn, Shrewsbury, Millbury, Northborough, Holden, Rutland, Paxton, Webster, and Westborough.

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Funding Needs

LVGW is growing, and want to continue to increase our capacity to serve each individual that walks through our doors. In order to do that, we need more office hours and operations, tutor training sessions and workshops, instructional materials, books, and recruitment tools. We also need to extend our outreach in the Worcester community, so that we can spread the word about our program to potential students.

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Operations

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Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Laurie Tigan

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"As we approach our fortieth anniversary, it is the perfect time to reflect on how Literacy Volunteers has grown over the years. At our inception in 1973 we had a singular mission to offer one to one tutoring to adults who wanted to learn to read. A small group of local women started out with ten students.
Over the years, as our reputation for offering highly effective, personal and specialized literacy instruction grew so did the number of requests. Hundreds of immigrants and refugees began coming to us needing help with speaking English. So in 2006 we embarked on an ambitious plan to establish a Literacy Academy. With seed money from the George I. Alden Foundation we hired our first 2 teachers and offered conversation circles to 15 students in our office.
Today we are in our seventh season, the Literacy Academy offers over twenty classes a year, at three different levels and at more than one location. The conversation groups, Rosetta Stone in the computer lab, citizenship classes and structured reading/writing classes engage our students in life-changing instruction. At the end of this year over 1,500 students will have taken classes at the Literacy Academy.
Because of a limited number of tutors, only a third of our students can be matched with a tutor at any one time. Individualized tutoring is the most direct way to meet specific needs. Tutors and students share a mutual bond of learning, understanding and friendship. Students tell us that their tutors give them a gateway to living in America and a special appreciation for our country.
Literacy Volunteers embraces the challenges and positive outcomes achieved when working together as a community of learners."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Michael Mills

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?