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LVOY Modifies Activities in Response to COVID-19

Ontario and Yates Counties have declared a 1-month state of emergency beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020, in an effort to reduce the number of additional COVID-19 cases.  This has necessarily resulted in school closures and adaptations to business as usual.   Like businesses throughout our communities, LVOY is taking steps to help slow the spread of infection. To help safeguard the health and well-being of our learning community, LVOY will follow suit for the full month. Learners, Tutors, Volunteers, and Friends of LVOY, please note:

  • All in-person tutoring will be replaced with remote options such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or FB Messenger where possible or otherwise suspended until the state of emergency is lifted.  Please contact either office for guidance as needed and to share your plans for continued learning.
  • All tutor training and in-services will be held remotely by conference call or online alternative and rescheduled as needed.
  • All staff and office volunteers are encouraged to work remotely to the extent practicable.
  • All board and committee meetings will be held remotely by conference call or online alternative.

If you have reason to come to either LVOY office, know that we have implemented enhanced cleaning procedures and other practices aimed at limiting exposure risk.

At this point, these modifications to our business activities are in place until April 15, though that may change in response to the evolving situation.

We encourage everyone to help stop the spread of infection by adhering to the following guidelines whenever possible:

  • Cover – Cover your cough or sneeze with the crook of your arm or a tissue, then discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean – Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating.
  • Contain – If you are sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath) stay home and contact your doctor with any health concerns.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • To avoid the spread of germs, whenever possible, maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and others.

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

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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