Importance of Literacy
everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education
in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally,
the road to human progress and the means through which
every man, woman and child can realize his or her full
focus on helping each person achieve his or her potential
through literacy skills.
We offer tutoring to take the U.S. Citizenship exam.
Recently, two of our students passed it and are now
People who volunteer often become happier and feel more
connected to their community. Volunteers know they are
making a difference to other people.
When individuals improve their literacy skills, they
feel more confident and able to do new things.
For some adults, reading is difficult because they have
a learning disability. We help each student to discover
their best learning style and build on what they already
The most important predictor of children's literacy
level is their mother's literacy level. Each time we
help a mother improve her skills, it helps her children
have a better start in life.
mission of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford is supporting
the literacy needs of adults, especially those reading below
the ninth-grade level, with free, confidential, one-on-one
tutoring and small group instruction by trained adult volunteers.
Our approach is student-centered so that literacy goals match
life goals related to the family, employment and citizenship.
your goal is to help a child with homework, read the label
on a prescription bottle, work toward getting your Graduate
Equivalency Diploma (GED), gain better skills for a new job,
or learn the basics of using a computer, we hope you will
contact us for assistance.
in 1986 by local community members, we have a long history
of helping individuals improve their literacy skills, adapt
to new challenges and change their lives for the better.
are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation with a volunteer board of
directors and are grateful to have strong community support.
For a list of board members, click
here. For a list of our partners, please see the Partners
We serve students from a number of towns in western and southern
York County, including Sanford, Springvale, Acton, Alfred,
Shapleigh, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery. Please contact
us to see if our programs are a good match for your interests
and needs. To learn more about the history of Literacy Volunteers
of Greater Sanford, please click here.
Along with volunteers, the executive director leads and
manages the programs.
Director Ingrid Baily joined LVGS in 2010 with experience
in education, administration and fundraising. She grew
up in Maine, graduated from Bryn Mawr College and completed
an M.A. in Classical Studies (Latin and Greek) and a Ph.D.
in Higher and Adult Continuing Education at the University
of Michigan. In 2005, Ingrid volunteered here and is delighted
to return and advocate on behalf of adult literacy.
- Thursday: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
call for an appointment so we may set aside time for you.
are located in downtown Sanford at 883 Main Street. Traveling
north on Main Street (Rte. 109), pass Marden's on your left
and continue until you come to the downtown area (Dunkin Donuts
then Town Hall on the left) where you will come to a major
intersection. Go straight and watch for Shaw's Hardware on
your left and Midtown Mall on the right. Our building is the
Townhouse Mall on the left - watch for the 883 brick archway
sign in the parking lot. Park in the side lot and come in
the side entrance to the Mall. We are in Suite 4 on the first