Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County, Inc. (LVSCNY) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization that provides a variety of free services to help adults achieve personal goals through literacy. Literacy Volunteers trains volunteer tutors who assist adults who function at low literacy levels.
One in five adults in Sullivan County, NY is functioning at the lowest level of literacy. Sullivan County is a large rural area covering 970 square miles with an estimated population of 76,000. (http://quickfacts.census.gov). We have a culturally diverse population with 28% of our residents speaking languages other than English in the home. Educational needs are great in our county, with 16.5% of our residents surviving without a high school diploma or GED. Unemployment rates are high and 16% of our families have an annual income of less than $25,000. (http//factfinder.census.gov).
The mission of LVSCNY is to foster and enhance adult and family literacy through the efforts of a corps of trained volunteer tutors who assist adults functioning at the lowest literacy levels. Further proficiency in English as a Second Language for those who desire it, is a provided services free of charge. LVSCNY serves a diverse population. There are two main classifications of students: Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. Basic Literacy students have English as their first language but need to improve their reading and writing skills. English as a Second Language students need to improve their speaking, reading, and writing skills.
Low levels of literacy among adults translate into significant impacts on quality of life: inability to obtain employment, inability to obtain better employment, difficulty leaving public assistance, and lack of parenting skills that are necessary to the development of literacy skills in children. LVSCNY wants do its best to break the illiteracy/poverty cycle. When adults gain skills, they are able to support themselves and their families. They gain citizenship skills and consumer skills. They are more likely to be involved in their children’s education. They begin the move away from poverty to a better quality of life.