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7 Whittlesey Avenue
P.O. Box 366
New Milford, CT 06776

Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday:
 9:30am - 2:30pm

Fridays, Saturdays & evenings:
 by Appointment



Literacy Volunteers on the Green’s vision is to help individuals maintain and improve their quality of life through mastery of the English language. We do this by promoting English literacy among individuals in Litchfield and Fairfield counties of Connecticut and surrounding areas in order to help them become independent readers, writers, listeners, and speakers of English through classes as well as natural, authentic, real-life activities and experiences.

Founded in 2005, the organization now has 90 trained volunteer tutors and 150 students and is governed by a 13 member board of directors. It is a ProLiteracy America affiliate and a United Way Partner Agency.

All instruction and materials are provided free of charge. Classes are scheduled at mutually convenient times for learners and volunteer tutors in locations ranging from Danbury in the south to Salisbury-Lakeville in the north. Our programs include:


LVG NEWS - 2019

A Celebration of Literacy Gala - A Great Success!

Give Local

Thanks to your continuing generosity, our 2019 fundraising Gala was a great success! Cindy Grinberg, President, Board of Directors, wrote the following:
On behalf of Literacy Volunteers on the Green’s Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for supporting our annual gala.
Because of your generous support, our adult learners in Litchfield and northern Fairfield counties will have the opportunity to acquire the English language skills that translate into the life skills so critical to the economic, social and individual development of literate adults. Your gift will directly impact the lives of LVG’s students and their families by allowing us to:

  • Support individual and small group student/tutor learning teams of more than 200 English language learners,
  • Promote family literacy through our Mom and Me and Family Read classes,
  • Provide citizenship classes,
  • Teach basic reading and writing to native English speakers struggling with literacy, and
  • Train tutors and provide workshops and professional development for our existing tutors.

The support of local business leaders such as yourself is especially gratifying to LVG. We so appreciate your support of our mission to provide high quality, adult literacy education to members of our local community.
Our sincere thanks,

Cynthia Grinberg
President, Board of Directors

Give Back, Give Together and Give More!

Please support LVG during the "Give Local 2019" event! Give Local 2019
Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills begins on April 23rd & April 24th. Thanks to your generosity at the 2018 Give Local event, LVG realized close to $7,000. in donations! Thank you for your continuing support.

Give Local

Get Your Tickets Now for The 2019 Celebration of Literacy Gala


January 1, 2019 - Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) is pleased to announce that Lynn Davies has been hired as Executive Director. Lynn replaces Jacqui Farrell, who has retired following a decade of service to LVG.

Lynn Davies and Cindy Grinberg

Prior to joining LVG, Lynn was Program Facilitator with Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc., a non-profit literacy and educational center for undereducated adult women. While there she served as an educational administrator, including oversight of intake and assessment for hundreds of students annually. She has a wide range of strategic and operational experience, including program administration and planning, data analysis, and piloting and launching new state and national programs. She has delivered workshops and presented best practices in adult education and English language learning, as well as provided instructional strategies to volunteer tutors.

Lynn has a Master of Arts in Management and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature from McGill University in Canada. She received a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Another Language (TESOL) from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. The recipient of numerous other certifications related to adult education and English language learning, Lynn received the National External Diploma Program (NEDP) Outstanding Advisor/Assessor Award in 2014.

(Lynn Davies, seated, with Cindy Grinberg, newly elected President, LVG Board of Directors)


Jacqui Farrell Retires

After almost 10 years of dedicated service as Executive Director Jacqui Farrell has announced her retirement, effective November 30th. During this time she has led the growth of LVG to where it is today: a dynamic and viable organization. We wish to thank her for all her efforts; she will be missed.

Jacqui Farrell with Re. Buckbee

She was honored at the November LVG Board Meeting for many years of dedication and service to LVG. State Representative Bill Buckbee presented Jacqui with an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of her service.

Literacy Volunteers on the Green Needs You!

Celebrate "GIVING TUESDAY" on November 27, 2018 by Giving the Gift of Opportunity!

2018 Gala Event

LVG Tutors Ina Kroc (left) and Andrea Tavino (right) celebrate the end of a session with their students.

Give the gift of literacy this holiday season. LVG helps both native English speakers and English language learners reach for their dreams through English classes, mentoring and citizenship exam preparation.
Each LVG student costs an average of $500. These dollars cover the textbooks, materials and tutor training. But your gift provides so much more: the ability to communicate effectively in everyday American life, to become an active member of the community, to graduate from high school, to gain better employment and to support parents and children through family literacy.
You can donate through our secure website or by mailing your donation to LVG, P.O. Box 366, New Milford, CT 06776.
(And for all your Cyber Monday shopping, please remember that when you purchase through AmazonSmiles and choose LVG, we get a donation from them.)

2018 LVG Gala - "Celebrating Literacy"

The 2018 LVG Fundraising Gala was held at 19 Main Street in New Milford on May 12th and we have declared it a major success! This annual event provides the bulk of our funding. The event included an exiting evening of hors d'oeuvres and wine, silent auction, live auction and dinner event catered by Executive Cuisine.

The live auction, with actor Jack Gilpin as Master of Ceremonies, featured trips to Mexico, Africa and Italy, along with tickets to Limerock Race Park and a stay at the Newport, RI Marriott. The silent auction, as usual, had something for everyone!

We are indebted to our donors and supporters who have provided LVG with the necessary funding to continue our work.

2018 Gala Event

Give Local - April 24th & 25th

Give Local was held on April 24th & April 25th and, thanks to your generosity, LVG realized close to $7,000. in donations! Thank you for your continuing support.

Family Read

Barbara Bush - A Strong Proponent of Literacy

Barbara Bush passed away on April 17th and leaves a legacy of supporting literacy. "Barbara Bush Believed Literacy Could Cure Other Ills".

Annual Impact Report

The LVG Annual Impact Report is available here: 2017 Annual Impact Report

LVG Annual Meeting

Literacy Volunteers on the Green will hold their Annual Meeting on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. at the office. The agenda will include approval of budget and election of officers. Please contact the office for more information (860-355-0830).

Family Read

Giving Tuesday - November 21, 2017

The holiday season is just around the corner and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday on November 21st! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you’ll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart---literacy.
Our goal for Giving Tuesday is to raise $3,000 to support our English for Mom and Me program, an eight week intensive English as a second language class session for mothers of pre-schoolers. Developmentally appropriate child care is provided for the children while the mothers are in class, enabling them to focus on their language skills. The 23 mothers who completed our Fall 2017 pilot program gained one level of English fluency.
You can be part of their success. Please support the Winter and Spring 2018 sessions of English for Mom and Me with a Giving Tuesday donation. You can donate securely on our website or send your donation to Literacy Volunteers on the Green, P.O. Box 366, New Milford CT 06776.

December Library Program

New Citizens

Our annual LVG Thanksgiving Student and Tutor Appreciation Dinner recognized our six new American citizens (l to r):
Felipe Ginin, Maria Irene Giraldo, Andres Sanchez, Marta Pulgarin.

Citizenship tutor Ann Vallombroso, Rosa Zapata, LVG Executive Director Jacqui Farrell. Not pictured Rosario Davila.

Tutor Training Workshops

Make a difference in someone's life - Volunteer with Literacy Volunteers on the Green!
The Fall 2017 Tutor Training Workshops for English as a second language tutors will be held on three consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30pm to 8:00pm on September 11th, 18th, and 25th. Attendance at all 3 evenings is required. The workshops will be held at the Brookfield Senior Center at 100 Pocono Road, Brookfield CT.

No prior tutoring experience or knowledge of another language is necessary. After you complete training, Literacy Volunteers on the Green will match you with a student and provide instructional materials and on-going support. Registration and completed application required prior to September 1, 2017.
For more information call us at 860-355-0830 or email us:

2017 LVG Gala

See Gala photos here!

Our Annual Fundraising Gala, held May 6th at 19 Main in New Milford, was a great success thanks to the continuing support and generosity of our donors. For the past 12 years, Literacy Volunteers on the Green has worked to open the gates to increased English literacy to our neighbors who are economically and socially restrained by their limited skills in this area. Our students come from around the world and around the block seeking to improve their lives by improving their literacy in the English language. Your generosity keeps the lights on, our extraordinary staff paid, our volunteer tutors trained, our text book shelves filled and our outreach expanding. We ae truly grateful for the support of our donors.

Tutor Training Workshop

  • Saturday, February 4, from 9:30-3:00, and
  • Tuesday, February 7 from 6:00-8:00

No prior tutoring experience or knowledge of another language is necessary. After you complete training, Literacy Volunteers on the Green will match you with a student and provide instructional materials and on-going support.

Workshop will be held at the Literacy Volunteers Offices at St. John's Episcopal Church, 7 Whittlesey Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776

Registration is required.
Call us at 860-355-0830
Email us:

Literacy Volunteers on the Green:
Planting seeds of literacy in communities throughout Litchfield County since 2005.

Family Read

November 29th is Giving Tuesday -
Help Us Reach Our Goal: $2,500 for Family Read

Our Thanksgiving/Giving Tuesday goal is to inspire 100 donors to invest $25 to improve literacy in our communities.

Family Read

Our Thanksgiving/Giving Tuesday goal is to inspire 100 donors to invest $25 to improve literacy in our communities.

FAMILY READ uses award-winning children’s literature to teach parents how to read to their children. Literacy Volunteers on the Green's trained facilitators help parents improve their read aloud and questioning skills. When parents know how to nurture a love of storytelling and reading, the child's critical thinking skills and vocabulary development are enhanced.

Our trained facilitators volunteer their time. We need to raise $2,500 to purchase materials to fund Family Read in 2017. Please use the DONATE button, above, to make a secure donation. Or send your donation to LVG, P.O. Box 366, New Milford CT 06776.

Family Read

Family Read

The fall session of Family Read began on Sept 20, 2016. This collaboration with Nurturing Families from the VNA will run for 6 sessions and the books will focus on issues related to family values. The first book discussed was Wemberly Worried written by Kevin Henkes which is about a mouse named Wemberly who finds herself worrying about everything. Then last week we read The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant which is about a large, happy family visit with an old-fashioned feel. This week the book choice is Margaret And Margarita about two young girls who speak different languages but want to play together and be friends. Future books to be discussed are Hairs/Pelitos, A Chair for My Mother and Fancy Nancy.

If you are interested in joining Family Read please call the office of Literacy Volunteers on the Green at 860-355-0830 to register. We meet at the VNA located at 68 Parklane in New Milford, on Monday mornings from 10:30AM to 12:00PM. Refreshments are served and participants receive a copy of the book which was discussed.

Volunteer Opportunity - "Literacy Changes Everything"

Teach an adult to read, write, understand and speak English, and you will change a family and a community.

LVG is offering a Volunteer Tutor Training Session in New Milford on September 13th, 15th, and 22nd, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm. A light supper will be served.
Registration is required; registration deadline is September 6th.

  • — No prior tutoring experience or knowledge of another language is necessary
  • — Attendance at all three sessions is required in order to become a tutor

Literacy Volunteers on the Green provides free instruction in basic literacy and English as a second language to adults throughout Northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties. After you complete training, Literacy Volunteers on the Green will match you with a student and will provide instructional materials and on-going support.

For information and an application:
Email us at or call us at 860-355-0830.

New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Myra Kraft Community MVP Award

Rita Guariglia, co-founder of Literacy Volunteers on the Green and a volunteer tutor with the organization for the past ten years, was the recipient of a Myra Kraft Community MVP Award during ceremonies at Gillette Stadium on June 2nd. The Kraft family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation's Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards place a spotlight on those who give their time to help others and exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.

On hand to congratulate the award winners were Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, New England Patriots Charitable Foundation President Joshua Kraft, Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer and Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs Andre Tippett, and players Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady. In honor of Rita and her volunteerism, the Kraft Family and New England Patriots Charitable Foundation presented Literacy Volunteers on the Green with a donation of $10,000.

The entire press release is available.

Discover, Volunteer and Give Local!

Thank You for your generosity! The Give Local benefit raised $3115. for LVG.
GiveLocal funds will help defray the $500 per student annual cost which includes providing free books to both the student and tutor, tutor training and development, and the overhead and liability insurance which we must carry in order to continue to meet in the various venues where we hold classes.

The Give Local Greater Waterbury & Litchfield Hills event is over but you can still donate using the Donate button at the top of this page!

Give Local

Workshop on Teaching Pronunciation to Adult English Language Learners

Presenter: Professor Paula Baird, Associate Professor of English as a Second Language at Tunxis Community College. She received her B.A. from Purdue University and M.A. from the University of Connecticut and offers methods of teaching English language learners at Connecticut’s Community Colleges.

Space is limited and registration is required prior to May 16th. Please phone (860-355-0830) or email Jacqui ( if you would like to attend. This is a great opportunity - hope you can attend!

Monday, May 23, 2016
10:00am to Noon
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Southbury, CT

Tutor Volunteer Information Sessions

Do you know somone who would like to be an LVG tutor? Learn about our programs and how you can become a tutor at one of the following meetings:

  • Thursday, April 14th from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M.
  • Tuesday, April 19th from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, April 28th from 2:00-3:00 P.M.

Registration is required; more details here.

2015 Annual Report

Literacy Volunteers on the Green 2015 Annual Impact Report - "Everyone Has A Story" is available to read online or to download.

Our Newest Citizens

Five of our new citizens who live in New Milford were greeted and honored by New Milford Mayor David Gronbach today during a reception at Town Hall. They include Galicia Sedona, Myat Tun Eloisa Tello-Barlow, Maria Elena Kamt and Jose Paredes. LVG executive director Jacqui Farrell and citizenship teacher Ann Vallombroso also attended.

Family Read®

Next Family Read Session to begin March 17th in New Milford and May 3rd in Danbury!

Family Read® is a program for parents of young children that uses award-winning children’s literature to explore universal themes like sharing and cooperating. Trained facilitators guide adults through these topics and model skills such as reading aloud and asking open-ended questions. Family Read® uses the research-based Motheread/Fatheread® curriculum, which has been recognized for excellence by the Barbara Bush Foundation, Laubach Literacy International and the International Reading Association.

The curriculum is organized around universal child development themes and covers classics of children’s literature as well as multicultural stories and folktales from around the world. Workshops are open to both native English speakers and English language learners.

Literacy Volunteers on the Green presented two workshops this past year and over 50 young parents participated. We have received requests for more workshops and now we have the funding to provide them and to help break generational cycles of low literacy in our communities.

Giving Tuesday Is Over But Our Need Continues

On Tuesday, December 1st, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world came together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

We encourage you to continue this tradition of generosity by contributing to LVG’s mission of providing free literacy instruction.

Will you help us? Click on the Donate button located on the top left near our contact information; it will take you to a secure PayPal site. Thank you for getting involved and making a difference by giving someone the gift of literacy.

LVG Gala Celebrating 10 Years:
A Grand Success!

Literacy Volunteers on the Green celebrated its Tenth Anniversary with a dinner on October 24th in New Milford. The evening honored Union Savings Bank as the recipient of the Director’s Award for Long-standing Support. Christine Baranski, Emmy and Tony award winner who currently appears in “The Good Wife” on television, was a special guest and presenter. The Master of Ceremonies was Reverend Jack Gilpin, who in addition to being priest in charge at St. John’s Episcopal Church is an actor currently appearing in “Madam Secretary.” Contact information: Jacqui Farrell at 860-355-0830

Honoring 10 Years of Support!

Union Saving Bank is a longtime supporter of Literacy Volunteers on the Green and is an annual sponsor for the LVG Gala Fundraiser.

Literacy Volunteers Celebrate 10th Anniversary

"Literacy Volunteers on the Green, a nonprofit organization that provides free literacy instruction, is going strong as it heads into its second decade."
Read the full story from The Greater New Milford Spectrum here.

Do You Love To Read?
Why Not Share That Pleasure - Become a Tutor!

Literacy Volunteers on the Green depends upon volunteer tutors to share the gift of literacy. Our tutors have a passion for helping others and making a difference in their communities. Tutors choose when and where they are available to tutor. They work with individuals or groups of fewer than four learners.

Our Fall 2015 Tutor Training Program consists of an individual orientation meeting, an observation of a current class and a series of three 3 hour group sessions.

  • Individual orientation is available throughout the summer by appointment. This is the volunteer’s opportunity to find out more about our organization.
  • Observation of a current class will be scheduled at the convenience of the volunteer but it should be completed prior to September 9th.
  • Workshop Sessions will be held at St. John’s Parish Hall in New Milford from 5:30-8:30pm; a light supper will be provided:
    • Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    • Wednesday, September 9. 2015
    • Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you are interested, but are unavailable for the scheduled session, a second hybrid session (combination of classroom and computer instruction) is being planned. Please contact us for further information. A tutor application form is available as are more tutor program details on our tutor webpage.
Please call 860-355-0830 or email to arrange for an orientation meeting.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.” Kofi Annan

PRESS RELEASE June 18, 2015:     Literacy Volunteers on the Green Awarded a ProLiteracy National Book Fund Grant

Literacy Volunteers on the Green is pleased to announce it has received an award from ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund. The National Book Fund provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States with grant awards to help purchase high-quality educational materials and resources needed to support their literacy initiatives.

Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy said, “Every year, we receive a number of compelling, high-quality applicants. ProLiteracy is excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the National Book Fund with the bold vision of putting one book each in the hands of 125,000 adult learners nationwide. Over 305,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative, and more than 33,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.”

New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, provides the books and materials for the National Book Fund. These books are high-quality instructional materials specially written to meet the needs of adult literacy students, instructors, and trainers. Adult literacy programs can chose from more than 400 New Readers Press titles.

Jacqueline Farrell, executive director of Literacy Volunteers on the Green which serves Northern Fairfield and Litchfield counties said, “The grant we received from the National Book Fund helps us to provide supplemental reading materials and an online newspaper for use with our basic adult literacy students, as well as though who are learning English as a second language.” Literacy Volunteers on the Green currently provides free classes in basic literacy to native English speakers who are functionally illiterate, English as a second language, and citizenship classes to 167 individuals in individual and small group classes.

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 non-governmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit

THANK YOU!  We Exceeded Our Goal!

Many thanks to our supporters and to the Connecticut Community Foundation, the sponsor of GiveLocal 2015 in the Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills area. The GiveLocal campaign raised $3,783. to provide materials for our Family Read® workshops. This family literacy program focuses on parents as the primary teachers of young children while integrating adult literacy, early childhood literacy, parenting and parent/child interaction.

GiveLocal encourages donors to support the non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in their communities. Literacy Volunteers received $5,765. during the Fall 2013 campaign, $888.96 in May 2014 and $3783. in May 2015. In addition to providing materials and programming for instruction in English, these funds enabled us to launch a new initiative: intensive classes for English as a second language learners. These classes provided 12 hours of instruction weekly over a ten week period so that students could progress more quickly in their acquisition of English. Additional information is at Give Local GW & LH

Would You Like to Be an LVG Tutor?

Would you like to give someone the gift of literacy? Become a Literacy Volunteers on the Green tutor! Training workshops are held throughout the year.
Contact us at or at 860-355-0830 for more information.


Literacy Volunteers on the Green depends upon corporate and private donations and volunteers to provide free instruction and materials to its students. Literacy Volunteers on the Green, Inc. is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), EIN number 26-2018636. Your donation may be tax deductible, to the extent permitted by law. Thank you for your support.