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LVOY Modifies Activities in Response to COVID-19

We are Open and Here to Serve You!

LVOY’s offices are open in both Canandaigua and Penn Yan. Special health and safety procedures have been implemented at both locations in order to limit health risks.

Appointments are necessary for tutoring sessions, or new learners signing up for services (though visitors may drop in to schedule appointments)

While in the offices, individuals:

  • Must wear masks
  • Complete a confidential COVID-19 screening form
  • Wash/Sanitize hands upon arrival and periodically while in the office
  • Maintain social distancing

Staff schedules have been modified to limit the number of people in the offices.

Offices have been redesigned to accommodate social distancing for tutors and learners during lessons, as well as for staff and volunteers while working.

Staff and volunteers undertake robust cleaning regimes several times throughout the day.

At this time offices are generally open Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm.

Call us if you have questions:

Canandaigua: 585-396-1686

Penn Yan : 315-536-6799

For your safety and the safety of others, LVOY will continue to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and we invite you to do the same at and

Behind The WinesA Re-Imagined Behind the Wines Event

You’re invited to enjoy the stellar offerings of Finger Lakes Wineries while supporting literacy with the 2021 Behind the Wines online auction.

Twenty wineries from around Canandaigua, Seneca, and Keuka Lakes have donated fantastic experiences for this fundraiser.

Items include private premier tastings with owners/winemakers, vineyard tours, grape picking, a wine seminar, tastes from rarely available library wines and barrels, dinner with wine served by the owners, and much, much more.

  • Bidding opens Friday, Sept.17 and continues until Sunday, Sept. 26 at 6pm.
  • Go to our auction page (links below) to register and browse all available prizes. Registration is free.

Proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates. Go to our auction page to register and browse prizes.

For more information, call one of our offices: 585-396-1686 (Canandaigua) or 315-596-6799 (Penn Yan), or email

3 Ways to find us:

Download the Givi app and search for us by name


Scan QR code to go directly to auction site

Auction page

Our Mission

The mission of Literacy Volunteers Ontario – Yates, Inc. (LVOY) is to provide adults the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.

Why We’re Successful…

We use highly qualified, committed tutors who are trained in student-centered learning. We provide tutoring that is specifically geared to each student’s particular learning style. We set mutual goals that are realistic and attainable. We offer scheduling that is flexible and accommodating for both the student and tutor.

LVOY is an accredited program of ProLiteracy. Find out more about ProLiteracy here

How We Can Help

We are an organization that focuses on student-centered learning. This means that we match people who have specific needs with a tutor who will work with them for up to two hours a week to reach their goal(s). The tutoring sessions are held at a mutually-agreed upon location where they can meet confidentially to work on the student’s goals.

For Corporations and Businesses: If you are in search of entry level employees, you may have noticed that there is a large pool of potential employees who lack their high school diploma or GED or lack English speaking skills. You may also have current employees who would be good candidates for promotion but you are unable to promote them due to their literacy levels or lack of GED. We can help you meet the needs of your company by matching these employees with a tutor to help them work toward their literacy goals!

How You Can Help

“There is no greater joy than teaching an adult to read, to share that excitement when everything comes together for your student.”

There are many ways that you can contribute your talents and experience the reward of bringing the gift of literacy to adult learners in Ontario and Yates County.

  • Literacy Volunteer Tutor
  • Office Volunteer
  • Special Event Volunteer
  • Annual/Memorial Giving
  • Planned/Estate Giving
  • Corporate Initiatives
  • Fundraising Opportunitites

The Impact of Literacy

Basic Facts about Literacy

  • Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
  • In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
  • The United States ranks fifth on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
  • Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:
    • More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
    • Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
    • Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

Source: ProLiteracy America

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