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Literacy Volunteers of Kent County

Listing Last Update: September 11, 2020


1672 Flat River Rd
Coventry, RI 02816

Primary Contact

Dymond Bush

(401) 822-9103

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

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Program Overview

Literacy Volunteers of Kent County is a volunteer organization teaching adults basic literacy and English as a Second Language. LVKC matches students with tutors to meet on a one-to-one basis. The tutoring is free to the students. Students do pay a $20 registration fee at the time of the assessment; this is to cover the cost of assessment materials.

To register with Literacy Volunteers, students must complete
an intake form with information like education, employment status, and tutor preference. The program accepts students who are 18 or older, are non-readers or reading at or below the sixth-grade level, or who have little or no understanding of the English language. The program will also accept students between the ages of 16 and 18 who are not currently enrolled in a traditional school setting and who need help with reading and/or obtaining a high school credential. Those students, under age 18, will be required to bring a parent or guardian to the initial interview and the parent/guardian will be required to provide a picture ID to the interviewer and sign the initial intake form.Based on the availability given on this form, the program director will match a student with a tutor. The more times a student shows he/she can meet, the better chance of being matched with a tutor. There is a waiting list for students. When a tutor becomes available, the student is contacted to set up a meeting with an evaluator to
complete some paperwork and assess the student's English skills.

Mission Statement

Literacy Volunteers of Kent County, Inc.
(LVKC) is an accredited non-profit affiliate of ProLiteracy, Inc. We train volunteers to tutor adults whose limited English literacy skills prevent them from functioning effectively in their homes, workplaces, communities, or as citizens of the United States. Tutoring by volunteers is free of charge, is confidential, and is typically done on a one-to-one basis. LVKC provides on-going support to students and tutors in the program. LVKC does not
discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, or marital or familial status.

Hours of operation: varies

Cost info: The cost for the student is free once they have paid a one time $20 assessment test fee. The cost for Tutor Training is a $25 materials fee and $5 for a background check.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Literacy is important to me because being able to read, write, speak and understand a language provides someone with a better quality of life. It is a necessary skill that has a major impact on all aspects of an individual's
life. Being illiterate is a burden that makes one's daily existence a hardship. Also, being able to read is a form of free entertainment; it can contribute to one's personal growth by exposing and teaching ideas and concepts through stories and/or non-fiction writings.

LVKC Tutor & Assessor April Matthias

My thanks goes out to Lauren R. for her PATIENCE, I had to look up PATIENCE & for Lauren to be herself. I love her kindness.

Frank (Lauren's 65 year old Basic Literacy student)

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

LVKC, originally known as Literacy Volunteers of Coventry (LVC), soon expanded to serve and improve the quality of life for the residents of Warwick, West Warwick, West Greenwich, and East Greenwich, as well as Coventry. Established through a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Library Services by then Library Director Virginia Carter in 1980, LVC became the first Literacy Volunteers of America affiliate in Rhode

Small group conversational English classes have become a vital part of LVKC's programs for English Language Learners (ELL) eighteen and older. In addition, the new Workplace Literacy
Program forms partnerships with businesses to retain and retrain employees. Approximately 1375 tutors have been trained and over 1600 students have been assisted
to date by LVKC.

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