Did You Know?

We 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 citizens!

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 know.

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.

News and Events

LVGS Announces Tutor Trainings
August 28, 2014 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce two tutor trainings for new volunteer tutors in English for Speakers of Other Languages and Adult Basic Education. Training sessions are free of charge and are being offered at two partner locations in southern York County.

The training in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is for those who want to tutor adults who are learning English. It includes two required group meetings, on Monday, September 22 and Monday, September 29, 9 am to 3 pm both days, at Kittery Adult Education in Kittery. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up for this training, please call the Kittery Adult Education office at 439-5896.

The training in Adult Basic Education (ABE) is for those who want to tutor adults in reading, writing, math or computing. It includes an online segment to be completed independently and a required group session. The group session will be held on Saturday, October 25, 10 am to 3 pm at Marshwood Adult Education in South Berwick. For more information or to sign up for this training, please call the Marshwood Adult Education Office at 384-5703.

LVGS Receives Narragansett Number One Foundation Funding
July 22, 2014 -Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a one-year grant of $7,000 by the Narragansett Number One Foundation of Buxton, Maine. LVGS is very grateful for this generous investment, which will support an ongoing literacy project with the York County Shelter Programs in Alfred.

The grant will provide funds for LVGS to reach out to adult residents of the York County Shelter Programs who may have literacy needs to assist them with short-term and long-term goals, including obtaining important documents, creating resumes, assessing literacy levels, and improving literacy skills in reading, writing, math and computing. The goal is to provide opportunities for people to build self-esteem and become more independent community members. Emphasis will be on services for residents of the Emergency Shelter in Alfred.

LVGS Celebrates Students' Growth, Courage Literacy Group also Honors Tutors, Donors at Annual Dinner
June 26, 2014 -Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) repeatedly showed evidence of that fact when the organization honored its students and tutors during its annual dinner at the Sanford Town Club on Wednesday, June 18. Read the Full Article

LVGS Celebrates Literacy
June 25, 2014 -Taking that first step is the toughest part. Those adults who have done it say walking into the literacy office and telling the folks you need help in reading, math or computer skills just isn't easy! Read the Full Article

Kennebunk Savings Customer Ballot Season
May 3, 2014 -Kennebunk Savings customers, please watch your mail for this year's ballot postcard and consider voting for Literacy Volunteers of Sanford! More Information

LVGS Announces Annual Student Recognition Dinner
April 28, 2014 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce that its Fifteenth Annual Student Recognition Dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 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 newcomers.

The 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 students. The Cedar Mountain Bluegrass Band will provide musical entertainment.

LVGS 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.

Tickets to the dinner are $15 per person. For reservations, please call the office at 324-2486 by Monday, June 9.

LVGS Receives United Way of York County Grants
April 8, 2014 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) today announced that it has been awarded two one-year grants by United Way of York County totaling $16,050. This investment will support programs focusing on health and workplace literacy and training volunteer tutors, and will have an impact on lifelong learning.

Through the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on the essentials of education, financial stability and health, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

The 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 study for a high school equivalency test, LVGS offers opportunities for adult learners to improve their literacy skills and achieve their goals relating to family, career, and participation in civic affairs.

Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County, this year the United Way is investing in 65 community programs serving children, youth, adults and families.

"We applaud the generosity of so many who support United Way's work throughout the year," noted United Way of York County President & CEO Barb Wentworth. "As a result, in 2014 we are able to provide continued and much needed support for essential human services across the region. These important services are a critical component of our collective efforts to build an even stronger York County."

LVGS Announces Tutor Training
March 12, 2014 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce a tutor training for new volunteer tutors in Adult Basic Education. Training sessions are free of charge.

The training includes an online segment, which may be completed independently or with support, and a session where everyone will meet together. The first session is for those who want support for the online component and will be held on Monday, April 7, from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The second, required group session will be held on Monday, April 14, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Both sessions will be held at the LVGS Office at 883 Main Street (in the Townhouse Mall), Suite 4, in Sanford.

Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please call the LVGS office at 324-2486.

LVGS supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained adult volunteers.

Trivia Night Thanks
January 28, 2014 - On behalf of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, thank you very much to everyone who took part in and supported our Fifth Annual Trivia Night at the Town Club event on Friday, January 17. What a terrific evening! Special thanks to Marcel Blouin for emceeing the event, Gina and her team at Above and Beyond Catering for great appetizers and hospitality, all of the sponsors and donors to the raffle and live auction, and everyone who played on the teams! This year we had the largest turnout yet, with 20 teams, and it was a spirited competition. People have told me they had lots of fun and learned new things and that's a great combination!

Congratulations to the winning team, led by Frank Mahoney and including Jean and Dennis Brennan, Suzanne Gagnon, Cori Arsenault, Marilyn Stanley and Christine Aronson. Please mark your calendars and join us for next year's Trivia Night on Friday, January 16, 2015!

Literacy Volunteers offers free, confidential tutoring to adults so they can improve their literacy skills and change their lives. We are tremendously grateful for strong community support of our mission.

LVGS Receives Donation from SIS Bank
January 14, 2014 - Linda Nadeau of SIS Bank presents a donation of an Italian Dinner themed gift basket to be raffled off at the annual Town Club Trivia Challenge fundraiser held on January 17th by the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS). The event included team competition on trivia questions, a raffle, live auction, delicious appetizers and a lot of fun.

Left to Right: Ingrid Baily, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford; Linda Nadeau of SIS Bank; and Jeanne Mahoney, Board Member of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford.

LVGS Announces Tutor Training
January 13, 2014 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce a tutor training for new volunteer tutors in Adult Basic Education. Training sessions are free of charge.

The training includes an online segment, which may be completed independently or with support, and a session where everyone will meet together. The first session is for those who want support for the online component and will be held on Monday, February 3, from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The second, required group session will be held on Monday, February 10, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Both sessions will be held at the LVGS Office at 883 Main Street (in the Townhouse Mall), Suite 4, in Sanford.

Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, please call the LVGS office at 324-2486.

LVGS supports the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained adult volunteers.

Sanford Springvale Rotary and SIS Bank to Sponsor LVGS Trivia Night at the Town Club
November 12, 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is pleased to announce their Fifth Annual Trivia Night at the Town Club on Friday, January 17, 2014. We are very grateful to Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club and SIS Bank for sponsoring the event again this year.

This lively event, which is a fundraiser for LVGS programs, takes place at the Town Club in the Sanford Trust Building and includes team competition on trivia questions and delicious appetizers. Trivia categories include geography, science, current events, literature, food, and television. A raffle and a live auction will also be held.

Tickets 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.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the Trivia Game is 7 - 9 p.m.

Please join us for a fun evening of competition and entertainment hosted by emcee Marcel Blouin and catered by Above and Beyond!

To register for Trivia Night, please call the Literacy Volunteers office at 324-2486 or email lvgs@metrocast.net.


LVGS Receives Donation from The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop

August 15, 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is delighted to announce that it has received a grant of $3,494.34 for its programs from The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop in Kittery. "We are so grateful for this very generous donation, which will support our tutoring programs at the learning center and the Southern Maine Reentry Center in Alfred, assisting women inmates to pursue educational goals," said Executive Director Ingrid Baily.

The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique style thrift shop that partners with different worthy, local non-profit organizations each month. All profits are donated to the organizations selected by their board for that particular month. Their overhead is low, and the more sales they do, the bigger the check awarded will be at the end of the month. In order to operate the shop and make this community giving effort possible, volunteers log hundreds of hours each year.

Receiving a check from the Fabulous Find Thrift
Shop on behalf of Literacy Volunteers:
Student
Bruce Couture; Tutor Marcel Gagnon;
Executive Director Ingrid Baily; Board President
Geoff Titherington; Rachel Titherington.
Since opening in mid-July of 2010, The Fabulous Find has given out over $300,000 in donations to more than 40 non-profit organizations in York County and the Seacoast area.

To learn more about The Fabulous Find, see their website at www.fabulousfind.org or call them at 439-8669. Please "like" them on facebook. The web address is http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Fabulous-Find/147271591957067. The shop recently moved to a larger space at 139 State Road in Kittery (Route One), and is open Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm and Sunday 11 am-4 pm.


LVGS Selected as Recipient of Donation from The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop
June 26, 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is delighted to announce that it has been selected as one of the recipients of profits from The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop in Kittery for the month of July. It will share the July profits with Ogunquit Arts Collaborative and Footprints Food Pantry.

The Fabulous Find Thrift Shop, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique style resale shop that partners with different worthy, local non-profit organizations each month. All profits are donated to the organizations selected by their board for that particular month. Their overhead is low, and the more sales they do, the bigger the check awarded will be at the end of the month. In order to operate the shop and make this community giving effort possible, volunteers log hundreds of hours each year. Since opening in mid-July of 2010, The Fabulous Find has given out over $300,000 in donations to more than 40 non-profit organizations in York County and the Seacoast area.

To learn more about The Fabulous Find, see their website at www.fabulousfind.org or call them at 439-8669. Please "like" them on facebook. The web address is https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Fabulous-Find/147271591957067. The shop recently moved to a larger space at 139 State Road in Kittery (Route One), and is open Monday-Saturday 9:30-5:30 and Sunday 11-4. (view their flyer here)

Please join us for a reception at The Fabulous Find on Thursday, July 11th, 5:30-7:00 pm, and donate items and shop during the month of July! (view the invitation flyer here)

The mission of LVGS is supporting the literacy needs of adults with free, confidential one-on-one tutoring by trained adult volunteers. For more than twenty-five years, we have helped people improve their literacy levels and change their lives. Whether the goal is to prepare for the GED exam, understand a label on a prescription bottle, or read a bedtime story to a child, LVGS offers opportunities for adult learners to improve their literacy skills and achieve their goals relating to family, career, and community involvement. LVGS is grateful to have strong community support including from the United Way of York County.

LVGS Receives Narragansett Number One Foundation Funding
June 26 , 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford (LVGS) is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a one-year grant of $7,000 by the Narragansett Number One Foundation of Buxton, Maine. LVGS is very grateful for this generous investment, which will support an ongoing literacy project with the York County Shelter Programs in Alfred.

The grant will provide funds for LVGS to reach out to adult residents of the York County Shelter Programs who may have literacy needs to assist them with short-term and long-term goals, including obtaining important documents, creating resumes, assessing literacy levels, and improving literacy skills in reading, writing, math and computing. The goal is to provide opportunities for people to build self-esteem and become more independent community members. Emphasis will be on services for residents of the Emergency Shelter in Alfred.

LVGS to Unlock the Secrets of "Hugo"
June 26 , 2013 - Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford is delighted to announce that Books and Blockbusters, their book-and-movie club, will meet again this summer to watch the movie "Hugo," directed by Martin Scorcese, and read the corresponding, award-winning book by Brian Selznick, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret."

Please join us on Wednesday, July 10th at 3:15 pm for the first meeting on this book-movie combination. We meet at the learning center at 883 Main Street Suite 4 in Sanford. Refreshments will be served.

Books and Blockbusters meets to watch movies and read the corresponding books and is open to the public, ages 18 and above. We seek new club members, especially adults who are new readers and who enjoy reading in a group with others of varied reading levels. We are grateful to Sanford Springvale Rotary for supporting this creative, fun program, which is offered free of charge.

Registration 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.

Changing Lives Through the Written Word
May 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, May 22.

“We’re 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.

LVGS 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 community.

LVGS Vice President John Rivard presented the organization’s Special Service Award to board member Jeanne Mahoney, whose commitment he praised as “unwavering.” Read the Full Article Here


SIS Donates iPad to Literacy Group
May 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, it’s 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 said.

LVGS Executive Director Ingrid Baily, right,
accepts an iPad donation from SIS Bank
President and CEO Mark Mickeriz at SIS headquarters in Sanford.


LVGS Receives United Way of York County Grants
April 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 learning.

Through 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.

The 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.

Thanks 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.

"Despite 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."

If you would like to learn more about Literacy Volunteers, please call the office at 324-2486 or email us at lvgsanford@gmail.com.

Established 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.

To 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.


Kennebunk Savings Customer Ballot
March 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.

Thank you!


Annual Student Recognition Dinner
March 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 newcomers.

The 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 students.

LVGS 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.

Tickets to the dinner are $15 per person. For reservations, please call the office at 324-2486 by Wednesday, May 8. View the flyer here.


New Tutoring Program
March 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 at SMRC.

SMRC 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.

Studies 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.

LVGS 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.


Trivia Night Thanks
February 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.

Congratulations 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, January 17th!

Literacy 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.

Ingrid Baily, Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford



The Beauty of LVGS
(Sanford 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.

Before 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.

My 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.

He 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 ago.

David Joy


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces Sponsors for Trivia Night at the Town Club

(Sanford, 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.

Trivia 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 is on.

Tickets 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.

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the Trivia Game is 7 - 9 p.m.





Please join us for a fun evening of competition and entertainment hosted by emcee Marcel Blouin and catered by Above and Beyond!

To register for Trivia Night, please call the Literacy Volunteers office at 324-2486 or email lvgs@metrocast.net. View the Brochure Here


LVGS Board President Receives Award

December 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 More


LVGS Receives Donation from Kennebunk Savings
November 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.


Books and Blockbusters
October 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.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Technology Tuesdays"
October 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.

On 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.

To request more information, please call the office at 324-2486.


Fall 2012 Tutor Trainings
October 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 of charge.

Two 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.

The 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 at 384-5703.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Books and Blockbusters" will start on October 11 at Noon
September 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.


September is National Literacy Month!
September 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 here.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Announces "Books and Blockbusters" Sponsored by Sanford-Springvale Rotary
August 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.

The 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.

"Books and Blockbusters" will be a recurring program that will involve other films and books later this winter and next spring.

We are very grateful to Sanford Springvale Rotary for supporting this creative, fun new program, which is offered free of charge.

LVGS 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.

Registration 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.

LVGS is a top vote-getting nonprofit in the Kennebunk Savings Customer Ballot
June 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 our programs!

Kennebunk Savings President & CEO Bradford Paige presenting a check to LVGS Executive Director Ingrid Baily and Learning Center Coordinator Jen Bargioni, July 2012.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford Recognizes
Students and Tutors at Annual Dinner
June 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.

The 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."

Other 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. Gulnac.

We 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 more here.


U.S. Citizenship Success
May, 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!


Scrabble Tournament Thanks
May, 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 Scrabble tournament!




 
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