Literacy Volunteers Make A Difference

UNION COUNTY — Can you imagine not being able to read the back of a medicine bottle, fill out a job application or talk with your child’s teacher? In Union County, 26 percent of the adult population lives with these limitations every day.

Literacy Volunteers of Union County is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the literacy of adults and their families in the community. Through its network of over 200 volunteer tutors, Literacy Volunteers of Union County is enhancing the lives of more than 600 adult learners.


The organization’s next New Tutor Training Workshop Series begins next month. This four part series will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Catholic Church located at 1407 St. George Avenue, Rahway. The first session begins on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The remaining sessions are Thursday, Sept. 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendance is required at all sessions to become a certified tutor.

During the workshop, new volunteers will acquire the skills needed to tutor both Basic Reading and English as a Second Language. Upon completion of the workshop, new tutors will be certified to teach both subjects and will be assigned an adult learner to tutor.

There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee to cover the cost of materials used for training. Need based scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration.

To learn more, visit Click on the link in Upcoming Events to register for the fall workshop. You may also call Susan Petrow at 1-909-755-7998 or email

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