The Importance of Literacy

"For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."

Kofi Annan

Did You Know?

We focus on helping each person achieve his or her potential through literacy skills.

We offer tutoring to take the U.S. Citizenship exam. Recently, two of our students passed it and are now citizens!

People who volunteer often become happier and feel more connected to their community. Volunteers know they are making a difference to other people.

When individuals improve their literacy skills, they feel more confident and able to do new things.

For some adults, reading is difficult because they have a learning disability. We help each student to discover their best learning style and build on what they already know.

The most important predictor of children's literacy level is their mother's literacy level. Each time we help a mother improve her skills, it helps her children have a better start in life.

About Us

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford is supporting the literacy needs of adults age 18 and above, especially those reading below the ninth-grade level, with free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction by trained adult volunteers. Our approach is student-centered so that literacy goals match life goals related to the family, employment and citizenship.

Whether your goal is to help a child with homework, read the label on a prescription bottle, work toward getting your Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED), gain better skills for a new job, or learn the basics of using a computer, we hope you will contact us for assistance.

Founded in 1986 by local community members, we have a long history of helping individuals improve their literacy skills, adapt to new challenges and change their lives for the better.

We are a 501c3 nonprofit corporation with a volunteer board of directors and are grateful to have strong community support. For a list of board members, click here. For a list of our partners, please see the Partners page.

We serve students from a number of towns in western and southern York County, including Sanford, Springvale, Acton, Alfred, Shapleigh, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery. Please contact us to see if our programs are a good match for your interests and needs. To learn more about the history of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Sanford, please click here.

Please call for an appointment so we may set aside time for you.

952 Main Street • Sanford, ME 04073 • 207-324-2486 • Fax: 207-324-2486
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