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Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester Inc

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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Educational Services, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and foster increased literacy in Gloucester County and the Middle Peninsula region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Target demographics: Adults

Geographic areas served: We serve Gloucester County and the Middle Peninsula region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Programs: GED - ABE - ESL ABE - Adult Basic Education classes are for individuals who need to improve their basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics in order to pass the GED tests, to meet the requirements for enrolling in higher level academic or vocational classes, or to improve family, work and community skills. The GED is a series of five tests designed to provide general educational competence equivalent to the minimum required for a graduating high school senior. The GED Tests make it possible for qualified individuals to earn a high school credential, thus providing opportunities to: Pursue higher education Obtain jobs or job promotions and/or Achieve personal goals The Tests of General Educational Development (GED) have been designed to measure major academic skills and knowledge in the following subject areas: Language Arts, Writing Language Arts, Reading Science Social Studies Mathematics The GED Tests are accredited by the American Council on Education. Upon earning a GED, your GED credential certifies that you have attained subject matter knowledge and skills associated with high school completion.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a prolific reader, I found my niche when invited to take a tutoring class. The class made me realize how much I could help someone else share my enjoyment of reading. Then, as I began work with my first student, i realized that what I was doing was helping a young man to change and improve his life! Reading is so much a part of our world that those of us who know how to read do not realize the complications in a life without reading skills.
Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, LVG, gives these skills to its students. The enthusiasm expressed when your student begins to 'get it' is what keeps our tutors working with students year after year without burning out.
LVG's dedication to improving the literacy rate in our community is its gift to Gloucester County and its citizens. With the dedicated tutors and board members that LVG has, it will continue it's mission for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I always wanted to become a ASE cerified Auto Mechanic, but in order for me to accomplish that goal I had to have either a High School Diploma or a General Educational Diploma (GED). that's when I decided that if I wanted a change in life then the first step to that would be for me to better my education. So, that is when I decided that I needed to achieve my GED.
I enrolled in the GED classes and about 4 months later my teacher, Ms. Burruss said that I was ready to take the actual GED test. Yes, I did accomplish my GED, so now that I have accomplished my GED I can now focus on my career in Auto Mechanics. Having my GED now will help me become a successful and productive in society. I could not have accomplished my GED withour the help of Ms. Burruss. I greatly appreciate the time that she spent working with me.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new board member I have observed first hand that Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester INC is an organization composed of dedicated, caring members who are making a real difference in the lives of so many people. Through their efforts there are adults who couldn't read and can now pick up a book and have a whole new world open to them. There are people who never finished school and now have their GED's and a chance for a better life. These members work to train new tutors, help inmates continue their education and teach English as a second language. Aside from all this they work hard to obtain the funds needed to maintain these vital programs. It is truly a privilege to be a part of such a fine organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer tutor for LVG, I recently had my first student receive her GED! I was so happy for her when I heard that she had passed. A few days later she came to my office and brought me a personal "Thank You" note and a small ceramic angel! I saved the note and the angel sits on my dresser as a reminder of why I volunteer.

The people we serve often cannot afford to travel far, let alone pay tuition and buy books. Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Inc. provides a much needed service to those wanting to earn their GED.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Literacy volunteers of Gloucester provides people a second chance to become a part of the literate world. How difficult would it be if you could not read ? We take for granted something as simple as ordering off a menu or reading your child's diploma. We do not realize how humiliating it could be for those who do not have these opportunities. Who uses this program? Some are adults who have gone through life looking at pictures in order to communicate in a world filled with words. Some are teens who have quit high school and use this program to earn their GED. Some are inmates hoping to improve their literacy skills in order to obtain a responsible job in society.No one is turned away because of their financial status or abilities to read. The volunteers are dedicated men and women who generously share their time and expertise. I would recommend LVG because it benefits not only those receiving literacy instruction, but it also strengthens our community.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the greatest achievements of our country is the public education system. Through education, our students acquire the academic skills necessary in life to develop into responsible and productive citizens. However, what does our society do for those students who have fallen through the cracks? You do not have to travel outside of Gloucester, VA to see firsthand that many of our youth are faced with a barrage of risks such as poverty, violence or crime before they have entered kindergarten. Risks such as these cause tremendous turbulence in a child’s academic journey. While some children will prove to be resilient, many are unable to surmount the obstacles that lie ahead of them. Consequently, the Department of Literacy reports that two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. These statistics illustrate just how powerful the gift of literacy truly is in our society.

Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester (LVG) is a program that helps pick up the pieces for adults who have faced tremendous hardships in life due to low reading achievement. By providing the gift of literacy, these men and women are given a second chance to reestablish the direction in their lives. This program also serves those who are rehabilitating back into society by providing them with the reading skills required for gainful employment. Without literacy skills, these men and women are caught in the cyclical pattern of having to depend on government assistance or even, crime, just to survive. Research indicates that parents who have gained literacy later in life are much more likely to foster this skill in their homes. Therefore, not only are the volunteers of LVG offering new hope to the adults for whom they serve, but they are securing a brighter future for the next generation as well. LVG is a dedicated and passionate organization that is truly making a difference in our community. The volunteers are not only sharing their expertise and time, but they are delivering a message of hope, dignity and compassion to the families that they serve.

Review from Guidestar

Advisor

Rating: 5

Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Inc. (LVG) is an organization which has done much to improve literacy in Gloucester County, Virginia and adjacent counties. With volunteers that provide individual tutoring for adults seeking a GED, improved reading skills, English as second language and... preparation for the naturalized citizenship examination. The volunteers spend countless hours each week tutoring those who earnestly de4sire help with crucial literacy skills. Students receive tutoring by expert volunteers and all the associated educational materials free of charge, making the service affordable to any adult who applies for the service.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is great organization that helps our Community. They do an excellent job. A great group of dedicated volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Today we have all the evidence we need that an educated society can change the world. "Twitter" and Facebook - which cannot be understood or used without reading skills - gave power to the Jasmine Revolution - now sweeping the middle East. Empowerment is exactly what the ability to read gives a person and it's my reason for wanting to help others acquire this vital skill. I hope all the Gloucester Literacy volunteers are celebrating the success of people like themselves who have give young people all over the world the tools to access ideas and power to make themselves free. I'm very proud of you. It's not always easy, but it is always rewarding.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an early childhood teacher for 30 years now, it is VITAL that young parents be able to share literacy experiences with their young children. This is the first, foremost, and most lasting experience a child will have in their acquisition of knowledge. Parents are such important "first teachers" for their children. Reading together is such a special thing that parents can do for their youngsters. However, this is not always possible if parents have challenges in reading. A few years ago, I had a young mother come into my first grade classroom to volunteer. While I was reading a book to the class, she was preparing a related art activity for the children to do after I was finished reading the story. About midway through the story, one of the children became very ill. I quickly asked the young mother to finish reading the story while I took care of the ill child. I handed her the book and then took the child to the classroom bathroom. When I came out of the classroom bathroom to page the nurse, I noticed that the young mother was telling the story based on the pictures and not the text. I didn't draw attention to the matter but let her continue until she had finished "picture reading" to the children. After school that day, I called her on the phone. I thanked her for helping out during the unexpected illness of a student and she apologized for merely telling the story by the pictures. I told her she did a great job with being caught off guard so quickly! She then told me that she'd like to take the opportunity to ask for my help. She told me she "read" the book that day only from pictures because she could not read. She cried and cried and cried. In a few days, our school connected her with LVG. What a difference this made in this young mother's life. Thanks, thanks, thanks.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LVG for over 20 years as a tutor, volunteer, and now as a board member. It is a terrific organization. The dedication of all involved is amazing. Since I totally agree with the other reviews, I will not repeat them. One aspect that has not been covered is the work with those who need help with the US citizenship test. One particular lady that I worked with held two jobs and never missed a class. Her work ethic was extraordinary and her reward was membership in the greatest club in the world.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester is a great program.
It offers adults gret opportunties to educte our citizens.

So many people are crying for help. They need assistance in filling out job applications now more than ever. So many jobs are being lost and people are having to fill out job applications that have never had to before.

Many need help in basic English and math.

So come on Gloucester, let's get in touch with Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester and see what we can do to help.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Without the efforts of the Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, the program that is carried out in the local jail would not happen. The ages of the inmates who request services range from 19 to 55. The youth realizes that their dropping out of school has been detrimental to success in the job market; the 20 to 30 year olds realize that with their high school education - they need more - so are tutored for acceptance to college.
A great story combines both! A young man who had been incarcerated for most of his life from age 14 to 23 came to ask for tutoring. The first several times, my job was to break down the barriers of low self esteem, blaming others for his mistakes, and a huge chip on his shoulders. After passing his GED test, he then enrolled in a correspondence course on auto mechanics. Upon release, he is scheduled to take his ASE examination - getting him in a job market that he loves, providing (we certainly hope) the means to change his lifestyle. We are extremely proud of him, and he welcomes the opportunity to lead other inmates to us. He credits ths organization with his success!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The LVG is a critically important part of educating people in Gloucester. Our community is very diverse in its educational levels. LVG provides a service to those who need in assistance in basic literacy, English as a second language , or preparation to take their GED. As our school system suffers more and more from lack of funding, the need for volunteer educational programs becomes greater.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Through the LVG, I have had the opportunity to tutor several individuals with widely varying ability levels in reading and writing. Reading and writing have always been such an important part of my life that it’s difficult to imagine living life without those skills. That is what motivated me to become an LVG tutor. It is very rewarding to see one’s students improve and succeed. I highly recommend this volunteer opportunity!

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Bonnie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester, Inc. (LVG) offers adults great opportunities to acheive basic educational needs. Whether its to enhance that person understanding of general subjects or to start from scratch, volunteers are ready and willing to help. LVG specializes in basic reading & English as a second language, and can alsoprepare individuals for college.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LVG for many years. It is an amazing organization in terms of its dedication to the literacy cause and to the community. LVG works with many adult learners and actively recruits, trains, and supports its tutors and volunteers. Of particular distinction is the LVG jail program which has made a large, meaningful difference among inmates who would otherwise go back into society no better than when they went in. LVG's jail program gives hope and a new beginning to these inmates. LVG has also recently started conducting workshops that have proven very useful and informative, esp., in helping new and existing tutors polish their tutoring skills.

Review from Guidestar