Literacy Volunteers of Union County, dedicated to providing free, student-centered tutoring services to adults who struggle to read, write and speak English, will move to a new office at 121-125 Chestnut Street in Roselle beginning May 1, 2012. The twenty-five year-old non-profit organization will no longer operate its program out of The Plainfield Public Library in Plainfield. The new telephone number, effective May 1st, is 908-486-1777.
“We are thrilled to move our base of operations to this central location in Union County,” said Elizabeth Gloeggler, executive director. “After six years housed in a basement office at The Plainfield Public Library, we look forward to the opportunity to better serve our students and tutors by relocating to this terrific, safe, centrally-located office in Roselle. It provides the perfect middle ground in the county for students, many of whom take public transportation, and our volunteer tutors who come from Westfield, Cranford, and so many of the surrounding towns.”
Literacy Volunteers of Union County’s new Roselle office will house the administrative program with some available space for tutoring. Additional one-to-one and group tutoring will take place at libraries and community centers throughout the county.
The award-winning non-profit organization provides free Basic Skills tutoring, English-as-a-Second Language tutoring, GED Classes and Citizenship Classes to adults with the greatest educational and financial need. The programs and services enable students to improve their ability to read, write and speak English, and to reach their personal and professional goals.
With more than 25% of adults in Union County unable to read the back of a medicine bottle, fill out a job application or interact with their children’s teachers, illiteracy is a devastating problem, impacting all areas of our society. It lies at the root of many social problems including poverty, crime, unemployment, poor parenting, welfare dependency and homelessness.
For the past ten years, Elizabeth Gloeggler has served as the organization’s executive director. She was recently awarded the “Woman of Excellence” award by the Union County Commission on the Status of Women. While most other literacy programs in the state have reduced or disbanded their Basic Skills Programs which help adult students with learning disabilities or other significant challenges, Literacy Volunteers of Union County has remained committed to providing this key program – serving a population with limited educational options.
For more information about Literacy Volunteers of Union County, please call 908-486-1777 or visit www.lvaunion.org