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Literacy Volunteers of South Central Massachusetts 

Literacy Volunteers

Please visit the Literacy Volunteers official website for more information!

Hours ~ Horarios

  • Monday - 3:00 – 8:00
  • Tuesday - 10:00 – 5:00
  • Wednesday - 10:00 – 5:00
  • Thursday 3:00 – 8:00
  • Friday - Closed
  • Saturday - Closed
  • Sunday - Closed
  • Lunes  - 3:00 – 8:00
  • Martes - 10:00-5:00
  • Miercoles - 10:00-5:00
  • Jueves - 3:00-8:00
  • Viernes - cerró
  • Sábado - cerró
  • Domingo - cerró

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Contact UsHolly Christo

Telephone:  508-765-3880
E-mail:  Holly Christo, Executive Director   
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA  01550

Our offices are located on the Lower Level of the Jacob Edwards Library and are handicapped accessible through the rear entrance of the library.

Nuestras oficinas se localizan en el Nivel más Bajo de la Biblioteca de Jacob Eduardo y son perjudicadas accesible por la entrada trasera de la biblioteca.

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Services ~ Servicios 

Literacy Volunteers of the Tri-Community provides individualized, one-on-one tutoring at no cost. The services offered are of two types:

  • Tutoring in English language skills (speaking, reading and writing) for adults whose native language is not English;

  • Tutoring in basic literacy skills (reading and writing) for adults whose native language is English but whose ability in these areas is below the eighth grade level.

We welcome the opportunity to appear before your group to provide greater insight into our programs and activities. Contact our Literacy Volunteers staff to arrange such an appearance.

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Literacy Café – free conversation in English

Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Mills Room - Jacob Edwards Library

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Our History

Created in 1975 through a grant from the Federal Library Services, this adult literacy program, formerly known as “Library Lifts Literacy,” is a proud affiliate of ProLiteracy America. 


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Our Support

In addition to the contribution of time and talent from our volunteers, we are also dependent upon the financial support of our sponsors.

  • United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton, Inc.

  • Massachusetts Department of Education through Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts

  • Wells Foundation

  • Walmart of Sturbridge, MA

  • Walmart of Oxford, MA

  • Southbridge Lions Club

  • Tri-Community Exchange Club

  • Town of Southbridge

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Become a Volunteer Today

We deliver these programs through the generosity of our volunteer staff. Each tutor has undergone a minimum of eighteen hours of training. As in any volunteer-based endeavor, the demand for our services far outstrips the availability of tutors.  If you would like to be part of our volunteer program, you must meet the requirements:

  • You must be at least eighteen years of age;

  • You must possess a high school diploma;

  • You must be certified through our tutor-training program.

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The Literacy Volunteers office has a limited library available to tutors and to students.  The Jacob Edwards Library has a large collection of ESL materials for both the tutor and the student.  These resources are available through the Library Catalog.

Helpful websites on the Internet:

Verizon Literacy Campus – Provides information for literacy volunteers, including on-line courses. 

BBC Learning English Center – British Broadcasting Company provide global resources for students and tutors.

English Language Center Study Zone – Provides exercises for students from basic to advanced English grammar and usage.

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