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Literacy Volunteers of Illinois

Listing Last Update: February 20, 2019


641 W. Lake Street
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661-1308

Primary Contact

Dorothy Miaso

(312) 857-1582

Program Overview

LVI engages in a variety of programming on behalf of staff, tutors and learners. Through our Resource and Referral Center we recruit andrefer to local literacy programs tutors and students and maintain an up-to-date Volunteer Directory on our web site of programs, with a map showing location,needs and services. LVI also conducts through the Center a spring On the Road to Literacy Conference and a fall New Readers for New Life Conference.

In National Service, LVI has been a leader in the field having
sponsored six VISTA and AmeriCorps programs that in the past twenty-five years have engaged over 1,000 individuals in education activities in over 150 host sites that included Head Start Centers, elementary schools, high schools, and community, faith and agency-based adult education programs. Our current VOCAL program had 39 members this
past year who served at 24 locations.

LVI also works correctional education and sponsors a volunteer-based tutoring program known as Jump Start which provides one-to-one tutoring for incarcerated young adults.

As a statewide organization LVI is also involved in a
variety of public awareness and advocacy activities to make people more conscious of the literacy needs of people right in their communities and stimulate interest in volunteering.

Mission Statement


Literacy Volunteers of Illinois is a statewide organization committed to developing and supporting volunteer literacy programs that help families, adults and out-of-school teens increase their literary skill.

Establish a network of trained and dedicated tutors;
Foster student leadership;
Make our services available to as many individuals as possible;
Increase awareness of our services to the broadest possible audience.

We treat tutors and students with courtesy, dignity and respect;
We build our programs and networks with integrity;
We make our services available to all in need, without discrimination;
We practice sound fiscal management;
We honor our commitments.

Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Provide information and referral to the general population about literacy services and volunteer tutoring opportunities within their community. Recruit, train and place people of all ages to serve as AmeriCorps members in adult literacy programs. Provide one-to-one tutoring to young adults residing within the Illinois Youth Centers.

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