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Outgoing board president Allan Priaulx of Kent visits with incoming president Arri Sendzimir of Waterbury at LVG’s 2010 Gala Fund-raiser. Ms. Sendzimir brings over 40 years of experience as a consultant, employee, and business owner in the for-profit and not-for-profit areas in the United States as well as overseas. She has sat on a number of boards, including that of the Connecticut Community Foundation, and was first introduced to Literacy Volunteers on the Green in her capacity as a mentor for the Waterbury Foundation’s Nonprofit Assistance Initiative. She is currently Director of Development for Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. (photo by Wendy Carlson)

The mission of Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) is to teach basic literacy and English as a second language to residents of Litchfield and northern Fairfield counties such that they might succeed in high school and college, improve their performance as employees, respond to their children’s need for help with schoolwork, and better their understanding of American culture. These services are offered both to native speakers of English and to those for whom English is a second language. plant the seed

Since its inception, LVG has trained 193 tutors and served more than 500 students. In 2010, about 75 tutors were actively engaged in teaching 140 students. All instructional services are provided free of charge.

At present, LVG serves a broad area that extends from Salisbury/Lakeville in the north to Danbury in the south. Students live throughout northwestern Connecticut and hold a wide range of educational accomplishments, from primary through graduate school, as well as diverse age, employment, family status, and ethnic attributes.

LVG acquired nonprofit status in 2009 and has since experienced exceptional growth. In 2010, the organization operated on a budget of approximately $74,000 made possible by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other nonprofits.

The number of community partnerships continues to grow. A partnership with New Milford Public Library makes materials available to students and tutors through the library’s bibliomation system. Student referrals come from the Nurturing Families Network, Head Start, and local social service agencies.

“Now I can attend my daughter’s meetings at her school. I can go to the doctor’s office when someone in my family is sick, and I can make and receive phone calls. I go shopping and if I have a question about some product I ask a salesperson and don’t feel frustrated. I can also fill out a form and send a note to my daughter’s teacher.” - an LVG student

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