Literacy Volunteers Celebrate National Volunteer Week

WESTFIELD — Literacy Volunteers of Union County (LVUC) and Literacy Volunteers of the Plainfield Public Library honored tutors during a special Tutor Appreciation Event held in Westfield at the Presbyterian Church during National Volunteer Week.

Most volunteer tutors meet weekly for at least an hour with their student. Multiply that by over 250 volunteers working with over 550 adult learners in Union County, providing almost 16,000 hours of free tutoring and you have students becoming more productive members of their community and achieving their goals. Some of these goals include getting better jobs, obtaining a driver’s license, earning a GED, and becoming U.S. citizens.


All tutors were presented a Certificate of Recognition from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Tutors also received a letter of appreciation from Bernadette Murphy, LVUC Board President, and Joseph Da Rold, Plainfield Public Library Director, and a specially designed bookmark and pin.

Pat Thompson, an ESL Tutor since 2002, spoke about the value of volunteering and student speakers from the Basic Skills, English as a Second Language/Citizenship and GED programs highlighted the event as they emotionally spoke about the impact their tutors have had on their lives.

The evening ended with door prizes distributed to the lucky winners followed by gourmet desserts and coffee.

Literacy Volunteers is a non-organization that recruits and trains volunteers to work with adults seeking to improve their reading, writing or English conversation skills. The next New Tutor Training Workshop begins May 4 at the Union Public Library. To learn more about Literacy Volunteers or to register for the New Tutor Workshop, visit or contact Susan by emailing or calling 1-908-755-7998.

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