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Welcome to the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut. Enter our “doors of learning” for a successful start in your education, in your career, and in your life. They’re always wide open for incoming students in need of basic literacy skills.

For over 28 years, our non-profit organization has been building literacy in the Greater Milford and Stratford areas with our quality programs for thousands of local adults and children.

The ability to read and write is the basis for all other education; literacy is necessary for an individual to understand information, whether written or verbal. Without literacy skills—the abilities to read, write, do math, solve problems, or to access and use technology—today’s adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees.

We are happy to report that our literacy volunteers are making a huge difference in our students’ lives and helping them to reach their goals.

Last year our tutors donated over several thousand hours to nearly 75 English Language Learners (ELL). Through the weekly tutoring and classes — mostly online — our ELL students achieved goals such as these:

–entering into higher education or training

–getting a job or improving their career

–obtaining their GED and/or citizenship

–voting for the first time

–getting a driver’s license

–becoming more involved in their children’s education or in community activities

It takes great courage for many of our ELL students to walk through our door and ask for help. We match them with a tutor or put them in a group and they begin to learn the English language, some for the first time.

The City of Milford and the Town of Stratford are  very diverse. Currently there are 53 different languages spoken in the homes of Milford and Stratford and more than 15,000 adults without a high school diploma. We strive to reach out and help many of them. We strive to celebrate the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies everywhere, and to honor the teachers and volunteers who are making a difference by helping children and adults learn to read and write every day.

Suzanne Solensky
Executive Director

Agency of Pro Literacy and United Way