Literacy Volunteers believes that access to education is essential to advancing Lower Fairfield County’s aspirations of furthering opportunities for economic and social advancement. Our students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve personal and occupational goals.
With the help of our dedicated volunteer tutors, Literacy Volunteers offers free English language instruction and job training programs for young adults, adults and families. Through our partnerships with other community organizations, we are able to expand serve upwards of 500 Fairfield County residents each year.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Provides English language instruction to non-native speakers of English with a focus on speaking, listening, reading, writing and basic work readiness skills.
Transition: Awareness and Work Readiness Initiative - Career Planning for the 21st Century
Provides High Intermediate ESOL and young adult students knowledge of career pathways with a focus on career counseling, basic computer applications, work readiness skills and internships.
Reach Out and Read (ROR)
Promotes early literacy in collaboration with the ROR national program. Health care providers discuss with parents the importance of reading to their children. New and gently used books are distributed to clinics for children to take home free of charge and volunteers read to children in clinic waiting rooms.
EL/Civics - Project LIFTT (Literacy Involvement for Today and Tomorrow)
Contextualizes English language instruction within the study of United States history and government, community resources and naturalization procedures.
Bridges to Success
Funded by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Prepares economically disadvantaged young adults in Fairfield County for careers with family sustaining wages, teaches work readiness and financial literacy skills and provides instruction leading to nationally recognized certificates in customer service and computing fundamentals. The program also assists students in creating resumes, practicing for job interviews and applying for jobs and volunteer opportunities.
Financial Literacy: SMART with Money
Funded by First County Bank
Provides students with the knowledge necessary for making informed financial decisions, avoiding the pitfalls for predatory businesses and lenders and achieving economic independence.
For more information on Literacy Volunteers, contact Lucia Cook at 203-324-3167.
For volunteer opportunities, contact Jennifer Flatow at 203-869-4848.