In-person activities are still suspended until further notice. Please read this message from Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts Executive Director Roberta Soolman. Both of LVGW’s offices will remain closed to the public until further notice. When we do reopen, please expect some changes in protocol (such as staggered staff schedules, making appointments to visit the office, and increased cleaning/sanitation of high-touch surfaces), which will help us ensure that our volunteers, students, and staff stay healthy and safe.
We will continue to communicate with you and let you know when we can resume in-person meetings. Thank you for your patience and perseverance with tutoring remotely. Stay well!
- All in-person one-to-one and group tutoring sessions are cancelled until April 9. Tutors, please feel free to use FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, WhatsApp, or simple phone calls and emails to remain in touch with your students. Tutors, please contact your students immediately to let them know of this temporary change. More information about technology resources will be sent next week to tutors.
- All in-person Literacy Academy classes are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Some classes will be moved online. Lena will be in touch with the teachers on Monday to help plan the remainder of the semester via virtual learning. Students, please stay tuned for more details.
- The Rosetta Stone Open Lab is cancelled for the remainder of the semester.
- The remainder of the March ESOL Tutor Training session is cancelled until further notice. We will try to reschedule the remaining sessions in April or May depending on this evolving situation.
- The March 20th Tutor Workshop is cancelled until further notice.
- The March 29th Good Deeds Day Potluck & Cultural Celebration is cancelled until further notice.
- The April 7th Tutor Orientation is cancelled until further notice.
- Both LVGW offices will be closed through April 9. Administrative staff will be working remotely starting March 16.
- You can still contact us. To reach us by phone, please call 508-754-8056 and the following extensions to leave a voicemail. It will be emailed to us and we will return your call as soon as possible.
- As of right now, the Scrabble event on May 2 is still scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and make a decision closer to that date based on the recommendations of the CDC and state and local health officials. We will send updates as the date approaches.
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We are deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless others before them. We stand with the Black community in mourning. We see you, we hear you, and we are with you. Black lives matter.
We are committed to anti-racist education as a crucial part of our mission. The following is a list of resources that tutors and students can use in their lessons, as many learners have understandably raised questions about recent events.
- Change Agent Issue 42 — Race
- ESL Library Lesson on George Floyd Protests (Tutor Version) (Student Version)
- Letters for Black Lives
- Anti-Racism Resource List
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race
- Talking to Kids about Racism & Justice
We are determined to strengthen our leadership and volunteer recruitment practices to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to ensure that our leadership is more representative of those we serve. Over the coming months, we will engage more with students, tutors, teachers, and other stakeholders to better understand your respective experiences as well as seek ideas and input that will ultimately make us stronger as a community.
Conversations about race can be uncomfortable, and we do not pretend to have all the answers, but we are here to listen, talk, and learn together.
The LVGW Team
“For the first time since I arrived [in the US], I felt part of this community, sharing with people like me,…and that really motivated me to keep growing.” This is how Maya, an English language learner, described her first experience with LVGW’s classes.
Throughout the past few months, we have remained committed to our students, and we have transitioned to distance learning for both classes and tutoring.
We need your help to sustain these vital services.
Hear from volunteers and students, including Maya, about what LVGW means to them:
UPDATE: This event has been cancelled as of 3/12/2020.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester is hosting a Cultural Celebration & Potluck Lunch for our students and their families in collaboration with the JCC on Good Deeds Day! Share food and learn about other cultures. We will have conversation activities for students to practice speaking. Please feel free to bring a dish for the potluck lunch! View the flyer here. Sunday, March 29, 2020 LVGW Classroom, 90 Madison St. Room 303A 11:00am-1:00pm
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester is hosting a Family Scrabble Game Day
for our students and their families in collaboration with the JCC on Good Deeds Day!
Where and When: Sunday, April 7, 2019
LVGW Classroom, 90 Madison St. Room 303A
Register by April 5th at email@example.com – Reserve your seat with Lena today!
For more details, see our LVGW and JCC Student Scrabble Flyer for more
Individuals and families are invited to learn a new word game and meet new members of our community. We hope that you can join us!
Thank you to all 2019 Scrabble players, teams, volunteers and sponsors for another wonderful 18th Annual Scrabble Scrimmage Tournament! A special congratulations to these top three scoring teams!
Visit our Facebook page for more fabulous photos taken by our fabulous photographer, Fabio Nascimento. Please save the date for next year’s Scrabble Scrimmage, Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 5-8pm!
18th Annual Scrabble Scrimmage Tournament 5.4.2019
When: Join us on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 5:00pm-8:00pm!
Where: Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester MA.
We hope you can join us for this annual competition for adults of all abilities. Includes prizes, food, beverages, raffle, cash bar prizes and a fun time! Pull a team of 3-6 players together and see if your company can claim first prize over last year’s winner, Bay State Savings Bank! Registration is $25 per person and includes dinner!
Proceeds support our English literacy education programs and the 600 adult students we educate!
Thank you to our current sponsors!