LINDEN — Can you imagine not being able to read the back of a medicine bottle, fill out a job application or speak 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 our community. Through a network of over 200 volunteer tutors, Literacy Volunteers is enhancing the lives of over 600 adult learners.
The organization’s new tutor workshop series is designed to train volunteers to work with adult learners who need basic reading skills and/or help with English as a second language. After the workshop, new tutors will be certified to teach each subject, and be matched with a student based on their availability, location preference and subject to be tutored. In addition to tutoring basic reading and teaching English as a Second Language, Literacy Volunteers also provides free G.E.D. preparation and U.S. citizenship preparation classes.
The next new tutor training workshop series is scheduled at the Linden Public Library located at 31 East Henry Street. The dates are Saturdays Oct. 15, 22 and Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Attendance is required at all three sessions to become certified as a tutor.
There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee to cover the cost of materials used for training and need based scholarships are available upon meeting eligibility requirements.
To learn more about Literacy Volunteers, visit www.lvaunion.org and click on any of the headings to see how tutors, students and the organization are helping people change their lives through literacy. To register for the new tutor training workshop, click on the link in “Upcoming Events.”
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