Imagine a life without literacy skills. Speaking clearly to co-workers or understanding telephone conversations is difficult. Street signs, a menu, and the mail are impossible to read. Writing checks, an e-mail or a note to a child’s teacher is overwhelming. Then imagine the triumph when, after spending time with a literacy tutor, hard-fought personal goals are won. Job situations, family life, and interactions with others are improved. Participation in the mainstream of society is a reality. The end result is a community that includes more confident and productive members.

Literacy Volunteers of Rockland/Westchester County is a non-profit organization that provides one-to-one and small group tutoring to non-English speaking and/or functionally illiterate adults like the ones described above. Volunteers are recruited and trained in teaching basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages and matched with one or more adult learners.

The next 6-session training is scheduled to begin in the evenings this July. Call or email for additional information about this summer’s tutor training workshop, Literacy Volunteers of Rockland County: 845-708-9072 or

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