LVGW News for You

 Spring Into Summer 

June 2016 

Annual International Potluck Lunch with In-Service prior this Wednesday, June 8th. Please join us!

In-Service for tutors and faculty prior to the Potluck from 11:30-12, Nancy LaCrosse will discuss the MCAE Conference.  The International Potluck Lunch for Students, Tutors and Faculty is Wednesday, June 8th from 12 - 1 pm in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library.  Please bring your favorite entree, side dish or dessert to share!  This is a fun annual event, and a chance to catch up and socialize and it all happens during Worcester celebrates "Reading as a City" week!Invite your students! RSVP to Sheila appreciated at
Summer ESL Classes to Start June 7th

Summer classes begin on Tuesday, June 7th and will run for six weeks. Our two Beginner classes filled up quickly and the two Intermediate are now full as of this week. 
Annual Student Assessment Testing in June a Must!

Tutor students  having more than 30 hours of tutoring within the last fiscal year (June 2015-June 2016), it's time for your annual assessment testing!  Literacy Volunteers requires  students to be tested to report on progress as a funding requirement through affiliation with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts and the Department of Secondary Education.  If you haven't already set up your appointment, please call office or email to arrange a time in June. This is crucial!
 First Place Award! 
The Bay State Scrabblers
from Bay State Bank
Scrabble Scrimmage 2016

Thank you to all attendees, sponsors and volunteers for a successful 15th Annual Scrabble Scrimmage on May 21st!  Scrabble took a new dimension at the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester with a lot of fun had by all.   Check out our facebook page pictures!  

Special thanks to our Scrabble Committee Volunteers: Marc Sanguinetti, Faith Landrine, Anita Maurier and Caroline Carbonneau.  

Congratulations to our top three highest placed scoring teams! 
1st Place - Bay State Scrabblers - Bay State Bank
2nd Place - CBT Lions - Commerce Bank
3rd Place - Dictionary Divas

See you next year at our 16th Annual Scrabble Scrimmage! 

Thank you to our friends at Commerce Bank for the lead sponsorship in 2016!

Portable Language Laptop Tutoring with Clark LEEP Intern this Summer!

This summer, we are happy to announce that Sia, a summer Clark LEEP Intern, will be joining LVGW.  She will be  offering portable laptop tutoring or small group sessions at LVGW at Madison Place.  ESL Software includes Rosetta Stone and Duolingo on our Kindle Tablets! Sia is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12 pm - 5 pm starting Monday, June 20th with some  Saturdays (by appointment only.) Sia will attend our Tutor Training and join us at the Potluck Lunch.  This is a wonderful opportunity for additional ESL one-on-one tutoring with Sia on our Kindle Tablets!
Meet the 2016 LVGW Team!

Amy West - NEW Program Manager starting June 6th!

Amy has been tutoring with Literacy Volunteers for two years and has a love for language. She is an experienced Adjunct College Professor at WSU, speaks German and is enrolled in her Master's in Applied Linguistics. You can meet her at the June 8th In Service/Potluck Lunch. Amy is full-time and can be reached at

Sheila McManus - Administrative Assistant

Sheila has been a  tutor and office volunteer for Literacy Volunteers for one year. Sheila has nonprofit experience and a Master's in English. Since April, she has taken a more official role within the organization, first as a temporary and now as a part-time staff and she has been a most welcome addition to the team. She manages the primary email at and can be reached weekdays in the office until 2pm.

Melissa Cohen- Senior Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been with Literacy Volunteers for just over a year and has transitioned form an Office Manager earlier this year to Sr. Administrative Assistant with a new reduced schedule.  She is well loved by her colleagues. Her primary focus is payroll with social media assistance and project work. She is available remotely on a part-time basis and can be reached via email at

Jolene Jennings - Interim Executive Director
Jolene has been leading the organization since mid-March 2016 during a leadership transition. She has a Master's in Nonprofit Management and has dedicated her life work to the nonprofit sector. Along with the support of the board of directors, staff and volunteers, she continues to bring the best and brightest forward at LVGW to continue the organization's mission of providing English language skills to help adult learners with literacy needs to thrive in Greater Worcester.  
What's in the Numbers at LVGW

From July 1, 2015 to current period in our Fiscal Year 2016:
  • 600 Students attended 35 ESL Classes 
  • 140 Volunteer Tutor and Student (Tutee) Matches
  • Over 3,800 Hours of One-to-One Tutoring
  • 3 Volunteer Tutor Trainings (last one starts June 7th!)
  • $360 Annual Newsprint Subscription Cost -More funding needed!
A full year-end report will be available on 9/1/16
News for Reading Development
Consider sponsoring a Student and Volunteer Tutor with a special weekly newspaper for reading and cultural development. Please consider a donation of $36 for a year's worth of reading material. 
Thank you!
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester
3 Salem Square, Suite 332
Worcester, MA 01608