Literacy Volunteers of Union County, the twenty-five year old non-profit dedicated to providing free, student-centered tutoring for adults struggling to read, write and speak English, has announced that veteran literacy tutor and long-time volunteer Barbara Hathaway of New Providence has joined the professional staff as the new Literacy Specialist.  In this professional role Hathaway will be making, supporting and supervising student-tutor matches throughout Union County.  She'll be working primarily with English-as-a-Second Language students and tutors.    

"This has been my dream job since I first got involved with Literacy Volunteers of Union County over four years ago," said Hathaway.  "It's an honor to be able to help students while they work to improve their lives.  Having been a tutor, I feel it's important to make sure our tutors feel appreciated, have their questions answered and have someone to turn to for ideas, inspiration and support."

Hathaway holds a BA degree in Mathematics from Montclair State University.  She has worked as a Business Analyst for AT&T Research, an Associate Actuary for Employers Planning Corporation, and as an Assistant Manager for The Bombay Company.    Her lengthy list of volunteer work includes tutoring for LV-UC, the Elizabeth Port Tutoring Program and Saint Teresa's Adult Program; serving as the Treasurer and Publicity Chair for Resource Recovery Association of New Jersey; and serving as Environmental Chair and Citizenship Chair for the New Providence PTA.    

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"One of my favorite quotes is 'Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life,'" said Hathaway.  "I feel so fortunate to take on this new role!"

For more information about becoming a student or volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Union County, call 908/486-1777 or visit the website