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Literacy Volunteers of Bangor

Listing Last Update: April 16, 2021

Location

33 Johnston Gym Drive
354 Hogan Rd (mailing)
Bangor, ME 04401
www.lvbangor.org

Primary Contact

Mary Marin Taylor

(207) 947-8451

info@lvbangor.org

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program
  • To help my child learn
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen
  • To improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer

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Program Overview

We are dedicated to helping any Bangor area adult who wants to improve basic reading and writing skills, to learn English as another language, or to earn a high school credential or go to college. Our student-centered methods reduce barriers and get results.

We have been helping local adults since 1969. Our office is located at Eastern Maine Community College.

We offer free, confidential 1:1 tutoring services as well as additional programs like a book club for emerging readers and English conversation groups.

Mission Statement

Literacy Volunteers of Bangor strengthens our community by providing free English language tutoring to Bangor area adults.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 8 AM to 5 PM

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Angela came from Colombia with her sons in search of a better
life. She's keenly aware of the subtle ways a weak grasp of English held her back. She was so afraid to speak English that she wouldn't even try to order at a fast food restaurant.

"People can think you aren't smart" when you're silent, Angela explains. "I've been silent too many times," she continues. "There is more in me than shows on the outside."

Did she change that? Oh, yes. Once she got a better grip on spoken English, Angela was sailing. She completed a medical assisting program, got a job in her field, and became a U.S. Citizen. Today, she makes sure to give back and routinely shares her story so that other immigrants can "jump the language barrier" and gain confidence.

"I could read somewhat. I didn't read anything of importance, because I didn't understand anything that I was reading. I could get a bill, but didn't understand the description of why my bill was this amount. And sometimes with new medications for my boys, the only way I was really going to find out anything was to call Poison Control."

Brandi was born into generational poverty and low literacy. The last grade she completed was 7th and eventually earned her GED. By her mid-20s, she had survived domestic violence, drugs, and homelessness. Now, as a single mom of three, she didn't want her sons to struggle as she has.

After years of working with tutors, Brandi advocates for her family–both in person and in writing. She can read through complicated legal forms. She has attended college and today is apprenticing with a finish carpenter and supporting her family.

Program Status:
Active