Lives Through the Written Word
30, 2013 - Students, tutors and a local reporter were the
stars of the evening when Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford
held its annual dinner at the Sanford Town Club on Wednesday,
here tonight to celebrate how our programs changes our students
lives, LVGS Executive Director Ingrid Baily announced
to more than 85 guests at the start of the evening.
President Geoff Titherington, his fellow board members and
literacy volunteers presented several awards throughout the
event that highlighted student achievement and the efforts
of others to promote reading and other skills throughout the
Vice President John Rivard presented the organizations
Special Service Award to board member Jeanne Mahoney, whose
commitment he praised as unwavering. Read
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Donates iPad to Literacy Group
9, 2013 - Sanford Institution for Savings (SIS) recently
donated an iPad to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford
(LVGS).This generous gift will support our mission
of meeting the literacy needs of children and adults,
LVGS Executive Director Ingrid Baily said. When
our clients can improve their reading and writing skills
while also becoming more comfortable with tablet technology,
its a win-win. SIS is really helping us make a difference.LVGS,
a 501c(3) nonprofit, uses one-on-one tutoring and small-group
instruction to help adults reading below the ninth-grade
level improve literacy and therefore quality of life,
career opportunities, and more.The Literacy Volunteers
of Greater Sanford is a wonderful organization, and we
hope that this donation helps improve lives now and in
the future, SIS President and CEO Mark Mickeriz
Executive Director Ingrid Baily, right,
accepts an iPad donation from SIS Bank
President and CEO Mark Mickeriz at SIS headquarters
Receives United Way of York County Grants
15, 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS)
today announced that it has been awarded two one-year grants
by United Way of York County totaling $15,870. This investment
will support programs focusing on health and workplace literacy
and training volunteer tutors, and will have an impact on lifelong
the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support
programs focused on education, income and health -- the building
blocks of a good life -- United Way of York County advances
the common good and strengthens the whole community.
mission of LVGS is supporting the literacy needs of adults
with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained adult
volunteers. Founded in 1986, LVGS helps adults improve their
literacy levels and change their lives. Whether the goal is
to fill out a job application, learn to use a computer, read
a label on a prescription bottle or obtain a GED, LVGS offers
opportunities for adult learners to improve their literacy
skills and achieve their goals relating to family, career,
and participation in civic affairs.
to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses
and organizations throughout York County, this year the United
Way is investing in 67 community programs serving children,
youth, adults and families.
continuing economic uncertainty in 2012, local people gave
generously to our United Way campaign," said United Way
of York County President and CEO Kathryn Davis. "As a
result, in 2013 we are able to provide continued and much
needed support for essential human services across the region."
you would like to learn more about Literacy Volunteers, please
call the office at 324-2486 or email us at email@example.com.
in 1986, United Way of York County works to advance the common
good of everyone in York County by focusing on the unique
characteristics of our community and by strengthening programs
focused on Education, Income and Health. By galvanizing individuals
and organizations to act while mobilizing resources, expertise
and funding, United Way of York County creates opportunities
for residents through lifelong learning, financial stability
and healthy foundations for life.
learn more about United Way of York County and be a part of
the change you want to see in your community, we invite you
to visit www.buildcommunity.org
or call 985-3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate or Volunteer.
Savings Customer Ballot
27 , 2013 - Are you a customer of Kennebunk Savings? Their
annual Customer Ballot is underway! Last year, customer votes
for LVGS in this generous program brought us a donation of
$190.00 for our programs. We would appreciate your vote!
Kennebunk Savings has mailed ballots to their customers. You
can vote online by going to www.kennebunksavings.com/ballot
or drop off your ballot at bank offices or mail them in using
an envelope and stamp.
Student Recognition Dinner
26 , 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS)
is pleased to announce that its Fourteenth Annual Student
Recognition Dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
at 5 pm at the Town Club in Sanford, with catering by Above
and Beyond. The event is open to the public and we welcome
event includes recognition of students and tutors including
several awards and speeches, a delicious dinner and the chance
to be inspired by the courage and achievements of adult literacy
supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential
one-on-one tutoring by trained adult volunteers. Founded in
1986, LVGS helps adults improve their literacy levels and
change their lives. We are grateful to have strong community
support and to be a United Way of York County partner.
to the dinner are $15 per person. For reservations, please
call the office at 324-2486 by Wednesday, May 8.
View the flyer here.
13 , 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS)
and Southern Maine Reentry Center (SMRC) are pleased to announce
a new tutoring program. Through this partnership, LVGS volunteers
are offering one-on-one tutoring to interested women residents
is a low-security women's facility of the Maine Department
of Corrections that is located on the grounds of the York
County Jail in Alfred. The residents are currently incarcerated
and will be released within one to two years. Many women are
working in the community now and are very hopeful to pursue
their education and learning. Tutoring by LVGS volunteers
is offered in reading, writing, math, and computing, and is
tailored to each student's goals, such as preparing to take
the GED test, improving literacy skills for the workplace,
helping children with homework, and other tasks of daily living.
show that literacy tutoring can play a critical role in helping
an incarcerated person prepare for community life successfully
and in reducing the chances that s/he will return to prison.
Literacy tutoring helps adults to improve their skills and
become more self-sufficient, increasing their ability to contribute
to society, gain employment and pay taxes.
supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential
one-on-one tutoring and other programs by trained adult volunteers.
Founded in 1986, LVGS helps adults improve their literacy
levels and change their lives. We are grateful to have strong
community support and to be a United Way of York County partner.
For more information, please call the office at 324-2486.
11, 2013 - On behalf of Literacy Volunteers of Greater
Sanford, thank you very much to everyone who took part in
and supported our Fourth Annual Trivia Night at the Town Club
fundraiser on Friday, January 18! It was a terrific evening,
with a lively competition on trivia questions. Special thanks
to Marcel Blouin for emceeing the event including the live
auction, Gina and her team at Above and Beyond Catering for
great appetizers and hospitality, Helen at Get Fired Up for
our trophy, and all of the raffle and auction donors and supporters.
This year we had the largest turnout yet, with 110 people
playing on 16 teams. We are also very grateful to our three
sponsors: Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, SIS Bank, and Kennebunk
Savings. With all of this support, Trivia Night net $3,100
to support our programs, 50% more than last year's event.
to the winning team, which was led by Celina and Art Dumas
and included Liz and Lyle Duell, Claudette and Howard Dupee,
and Deb and Alden Thayer. If you would like to challenge them
next year, pencil in this date for Trivia Night in 2014: Friday,
Volunteers offers free, confidential tutoring to adults so
they can improve their literacy skills and change their lives.
We are so grateful for strong community support of our mission.
Baily, Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford
Beauty of LVGS
News - January 10, 2013) - I am a new recruit to Literacy
Volunteers. I attended the two day training program last summer
and was immediately teamed up with a young man seeking help
in obtaining his GED.
the training sessions I imagined I'd be helping people learn
to read. Since I am passionate about reading, teaching others
just seemed like "the right thing to do." After
two days of training I realized reading is only a part, sometimes
a small part, of the Literacy Volunteers program. And my new
student soon convinced me that "literacy" covers
many areas of learning.
student -- whom I now call my friend -- is a bright twenty
year old who made some mistakes in high school and quit, missing
a couple of years of education. As he says, "I finally
got my head screwed on straight and figured I'd never get
anywhere if I don't get my GED." His biggest stumbling
block is not reading -- it's math. As we work our way through
fractions, decimals, averages and those tricky word problems,
I am impressed with his commitment and his desire to follow
through and reach his goal.
is a mechanic with about five years experience and he smiles
when I tell him that if he was trying to teach me what he
knows about fixing cars I would be a much poorer student than
he. I know he is appreciative of the opportunity Literacy
Volunteers makes possible and of the time we spend each week.
He may think that I bring more to our weekly sessions, but
he would be wrong -- and that, perhaps, is the beauty of Literacy
Volunteers, which brings together committed students and committed
volunteers who each come away from the experience with renewed
energy, skills and compassion. I wish I had volunteered years
Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces Sponsors for Trivia
Night at the Town Club
join us for a fun evening of competition and entertainment hosted
by emcee Marcel Blouin and catered by Above and Beyond!
ME - January 7, 2013) - Literacy Volunteers of Greater
Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce sponsorship support
for their upcoming fundraiser, Trivia Night at the Town
Club on Friday, January 18. Rotary Club of Sanford-Springvale
is a major sponsor and Sanford Institution for Savings
and Kennebunk Savings are sponsors.
Night takes place at the Town Club in the Sanford Trust
Building and includes team competition on trivia questions
in categories including geography, science, current
events, literature, food, and television. Again this
year, we will have raffle items and a live auction including
tickets to a Boston Bruins game now that the NHL season
are $20 per person including appetizers. Teams need
4 to 8 people. If you don't have 4 people, please call
us and we will match you with others for a team.
doors open at 6 p.m. and the Trivia Game is 7 - 9 p.m.
To register for Trivia Night, please call the Literacy Volunteers
office at 324-2486 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the Brochure
Board President Receives Award
5 , 2012 - United Way of York County, in partnership
with Kennebunk Savings, announced on Friday that Geoff
Titherington, owner of Bonanza Restaurant in Sanford,
has recently been awarded the 2012 York County Spirit
of Service Award for commitment to service and impact
in our community. Titherington serves as the board president
of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford and donates
his time to a number of other local organizations. Read
Receives Donation from Kennebunk Savings
13, 2012 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS)
is pleased to announce that it has received a $500 contribution
from Kennebunk Savings to support its Literacy Project with
the York County Shelter Programs in Alfred. LVGS is very grateful
for Kennebunk Savings' continued support of its programs.
18, 2012 - The "Books and Blockbusters" Club
will present the family movie "Holes" on Tuesday,
October 30 at 6 p.m. at the Nasson Little Theatre in Springvale.
The movie is free and open to the public. For more information,
please call the Literacy Volunteers office at 324-2486.
Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Technology Tuesdays"
11, 2012 - Are you a techie? Would you like to be? Literacy
Volunteers of Greater Sanford is pleased to announce a new
service called Technology Tuesdays.
Tuesday, October 23rd and Tuesday, November 13th between 10
am and 2 pm, anyone wishing to learn more about technology
can drop in to the Literacy Volunteers office for an introduction
to such items as the Kindle, iphone, laptop, cell phone, or
personal computer. If you have a new technology item such
as a laptop or cell phone that you want help with, bring it
with you. This is an opportunity to learn more about "tech
gadgets" and meet others with similar interests.
request more information, please call the office at 324-2486.
2012 Tutor Trainings
5, 2012 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS)
is pleased to announce two tutor trainings for new volunteer
tutors in Adult Basic Education. Training sessions are free
different trainings are scheduled. The first will be on Friday,
October 26 and Friday, November 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30
p.m. at the LVGS Office at 883 Main Street (the Townhouse
Mall), Suite 4, in Sanford. For more information or to sign
up, please call the LVGS office at 324-2486.
second training will be held partly online and partly face-to-face.
The face-to-face session will be held on Saturday, October
13 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Marshwood Adult and Community
Education, 260 Route 236, in South Berwick. Online work needs
to be completed before the October 13 meeting. For more information
or to sign up for this training, call Marshwood Adult Education
Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Books and Blockbusters"
will start on October 11 at Noon
25, 2012 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford has announced
that the "Books and Blockbusters" book and movie club
will meet for the first time on Thursday, October 11 at noon
at the LVGS Learning Center for a pizza lunch. Please join us
to help plan the club and pick up copies of the book "Holes"
by Louis Sachar. There is no fee, but registration is required.
To register or let us know you want to join but can not attend
on October 11, please call the office at 324-2486.
is National Literacy Month!
1, 2012 - In today's modern world, literacy includes the
ability to use a computer and understand digital information,
as well as skills in the traditional areas of reading, writing,
and math. For more on digital literacy, click
Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Books and Blockbusters"
Sponsored by Sanford-Springvale Rotary
31 , 2012 - Literacy
Volunteers of Greater Sanford is delighted to announce a new
book-and-movie club called "Books and Blockbusters,"
sponsored by Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club.
new club, which will meet to watch movies and read the corresponding
books, is open to the public. The club will gather at the
Nasson Little Theatre.
and Blockbusters" will be a recurring program that will
involve other films and books later this winter and next spring.
are very grateful to Sanford Springvale Rotary for supporting
this creative, fun new program, which is offered free of charge.
supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential
one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction and other programs
by trained adult volunteers. Founded in 1986, LVGS helps adults
improve their literacy levels and change their lives. We are
grateful to have strong community support and to be a United
Way of York County partner.
is required for "Books and Blockbusters" and other
Literacy Volunteers programs. To request more information
or to register, please call the office at 324-2486.
Please stay tuned for upcoming scheduled dates and times.
is a top vote-getting nonprofit in the Kennebunk Savings
27, 2012 - LVGS is happy to announce that we are a
top vote-getting nonprofit in the Kennebunk Savings Customer
Ballot program. We appreciate the Community Promise pledge
by Kennebunk Savings to support community needs, being
selected as a deserving organization by customers, and
the donation of $190. Thank you very much for supporting
Savings President & CEO Bradford Paige presenting
a check to LVGS Executive Director Ingrid Baily and
Learning Center Coordinator Jen Bargioni, July 2012.
Volunteers of Greater Sanford Recognizes
Students and Tutors at Annual Dinner
12, 2012 - At Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford's
Annual Student Recognition Dinner on May 23, eighty-five people
gathered at the Town Club in downtown Sanford for a celebration
of learning and the personal journeys that bring students
and tutors to our programs.
Student Achievement Award was given to Bernice Chadwick. Two
pairs of adults working together received Student-Tutor Pair
of the Year Award: Star Norton and Alicia Shortill, and Anita
Fortin and Helen Bower. Chadwick and Fortin spoke about their
experiences as students and expressed gratitude to their tutors,
family members and other important people in their lives who
have supported their goals of improving their literacy skills.
Chadwick advised anyone considering seeking assistance here
not to be afraid to walk in the door and to "do it for
yourself, not for someone else."
awards and recognition at the event included: tutor and volunteer
Marcel Gagnon spoke about his work on a shared literacy project
with the York County Shelter Programs in Alfred, for which
he received the Community Outreach Award; Altrusa International's
Sanford-Springvale Club received the Literary Supporter Award;
Ellen Pouravelis received the Special Service Award, and a
new award was created to honor tutor and volunteer Linda B.
are grateful for the work of all of the tutors and other volunteers
and for the wonderful welcome and catering provided by Above
and Beyond at the Town Club. Read
2012 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford is proud
to announce that recently two of our students have passed
the U.S. Citizenship exam! Both worked diligently for several
years with their tutors to learn material, including the history,
government and legal system of this country. Congratulations
to them both and thank you to their tutors!
2012 - On behalf of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford,
thank you very much to the participants in our Scrabble tournament
on May 6 at the Trafton Senior Center. Ten teams of two people
competed with good spirit and raised $275 for our mission.
The winning team was the Brainiacs from Lewiston with more
than 200 points per game! We are grateful to the players,
pledge donors and Thea Murphy, Director of the Trafton Center,
for helping us revive this event. Stay tuned for next year's