In 1962, Ruth J. Colvin started Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) as a small grassroots effort to end illiteracy in Syracuse, NY. Literacy Volunteers of America/Buffalo and Erie County was founded in 1965 as an affiliate of LVA. The two main programs offered were: Basic Literacy Learning and English Language Learning.
In 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy International to create a “Literacy Superpower” with nearly 1,400 affiliates called ProLiteracy America. As a result of this name change, our affiliate became known as “Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County.”
In July 2012, Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie County merged with Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County to create Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc.
We develop literacy skills by providing free tutoring in Erie and Niagara counties through engagement and training of diverse community volunteers.
Our vision is that all people in Erie and Niagara counties are literate.
2017-2018 Program Year Achievements
- We recruited and trained 79 new volunteers
- We served 375 adult students
- Staff supported 234 active volunteer tutors
- Volunteers provided over 13,000 hours of instruction and other volunteer services
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