What We Do | Location | People Involved | Funding | Supervision
What we do: Literacy Volunteers of Camden County helps adults in Camden County at the lowest levels of literacy. We work with immigrants who need help understanding and speaking English and we work with people who need help with elementary level reading and math skills. We assist these learners by recruiting and training volunteer tutors to teach using a flexible, learner-centered approach.
Tutors and students meet for two hours a week in public places, working together toward goals set by the student. Students come from many referral sources including the local libraries, word-of-mouth from friends or community groups, social service agencies, other literacy organizations and the Camden County One-Stop Unemployment/Career Center. Some of the countries represented by our students include: Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam.
Established in 1982, LVCC is a library-based non-profit organization and member of ProLiteracy, a national adult education organization.
Where we are located: Our organization’s main office is in the Camden County Vogelson Library, 203 Laurel Road in Voorhees. We also have a satellite office in the One-Stop, 2600 Mt Ephraim Avenue, Suite 105 in Camden. Tutors and students meet, at their convenience, in public places throughout Camden County.
How many people are involved: Last year our organization had over 120 volunteer tutors who spent approximately 2,700 hours tutoring and 1,300 hours preparing for and traveling to tutoring sessions. Throughout the year, we served 81 Basic Literacy students and 76 ESL students, all of whom had at least twelve hours of tutoring.
As a result of our tutoring, some of our clients obtained jobs, received job promotions or enrolled in vocational training. Several of our ESL clients became citizens and many more improved their employability skills and increased their involvement in community activities.
Where we get our funding: The majority of our funding comes from a Consolidated Adult Basic Skills and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Grant funded under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title II, overseen by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In conjunction with the Camden County Library System, LVCC receives a Human Services Grant from the Camden County Community Planning and Advocacy Council. Additional funding comes from our State organization, Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, and donations from our “friends” organization, Literacy Now.
LVCC is also a member-in-good-standing of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey which represents 19 affiliates throughout New Jersey. LVNJ provides the tutor trainers and tutor training manuals used to prepare new tutors.
Who supervises LVCC: In addition to the staff, LVCC has an Advisory Board. Current members of this Board are:
Susan Bass Levin
Shyamoli De, Literacy Director
Linda Devlin, Library Director
Maria Efstratiades, President
Mark Sacks, Literacy Now President
LVCC reports to the Camden County Library Director and its Board of Commissioners.