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New Tutors Join Ranks at Literacy Volunteers of Union County

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Literacy Volunteers of Union County is pleased to announce that twenty-four volunteer tutors were graduated from the non-profit group’s recent Tutor Training Program.   These newly trained tutors have already been matched with nearly three dozen men and women throughout the county who are struggling to read, write and speak English. 

The 26-year-old non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of functionally illiterate adults throughout central New Jersey by teaching them to read, write and speak English so they can participate more fully in family, workplace and community life.

“We are thrilled to welcome this newest group of trained tutors to Literacy Volunteers of Union County,” said Elizabeth Gloeggler, executive director.  “More than 200 dedicated and compassionate women and men currently volunteer their time through our organization helping functionally illiterate adults throughout our county.”

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Graduates of the 2013 Winter Literacy Volunteer Tutor Training Program include

Cranford residents:  Oriol Garcia, Karen Hoffman, Ruth Radakovich, Susan Scotti, Ellen Walsh

Fanwood residents:  Rosana Biscardi, Marie Gerke, Lori Katz, Stephanie Wollman,

Westfield residents:  Josh Bartlett, Cherie Bliwise, Jill Spellman,

Scotch Plains residents:  William Moffat, John Wyatt

Union residents:  Sheila Foreman, Anthony Manochio, Linh Vo

Linden residents:  Jeffrey Kordyla, Anna Nicasio

Ronnie Treitler Mudrak of Roselle;

Richard Haugh of Chatham;

Rosemarie Dawes of Millburn;

Carole Kosciuk of Mountainside;

Spencer Reese of Maplewood

Literacy Volunteers of Union County’s 15-hour Volunteer Training Program provides participants with the skills to teach listening, speaking, reading and writing; design a lesson plan, and all the basics to get started.  Upon completing the training, graduates are certified to teach English as a Second Language or Basic Literacy to adults.  On-going support, supervision and training is provided for all tutor-student matches.

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.

The Spring 2013 Volunteer Tutor Training Program will take place at the Cranford Community Center, located at 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford.  The six-part training runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, and 25.   The training is scheduled from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Attendance is required at all sessions to become a certified tutor of both Basic Reading Skills and English as a Second Language.

There is a $40 non-refundable registration fee to cover the cost of materials distributed to new volunteers at the workshop.  Need based scholarships are available to cover the cost of registration to qualifying individuals.

For more information about Literacy Volunteers, you may call 908/468-1777 or visit the website at www.lvaunion.org

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