7 Whittlesey Avenue
P.O. Box 366
New Milford, CT 06776
Monday & Tuesday: 9:30-5:00
Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30-2:30
Evenings & Weekends
A Gala Celebrating 10 Years - A Successful Milestone Event! (Slide Show)
A Gala Celebrating Literacy 2014 - Another Grand Success! (Slide Show)
A Gala Celebrating Literacy 2013 - A Grand Success! (Slide Show)
2014 Thanksgiving Dinner
One hundred eighty students and tutors of Literacy Volunteers on the Green (LVG) gathered at St. John’s Parish Hall in New Milford on November 19 to share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, stuffing, vegetables and pumpkin pie. The annual event focuses on the meaning of this uniquely American holiday and the importance of giving thanks for the opportunities provided by our country. The evening also celebrates the progress and achievements of LVG’s students and the work of its volunteer tutors.
A highlight of the evening was the recognition of those students who have passed the United States Naturalization Test and become American citizens during the past year: Ismael Alonso of Danbury; Celia Balarezo, Blanca Balbuca, and Galicia Sedeno of New Milford; Maria Helena Bridgman of Cornwall Bridge; Ali Masum, and Nasima Khatun, of New Preston.
Tutor Patty Buchan of Brookfield was presented with the Founders’ Award. Given in honor of Rita Guariglia and Anne Maitland who established Literacy Volunteers on the Green in 2005, the award recognizes Mrs. Buchan’s contribution to the success of the organization. She is a talented and dedicated tutor who teaches multiple classes weekly. She has also presented the Basic Literacy Tutor Training Workshop and is a tireless ambassador and supporter of the program.
Student speaker Maria Helena Bridgman told the group, “When I arrived in Connecticut in December of 2008, I didn’t speak a word of English. I started with Rosetta Stone at home, listening and repeating. That helped me with vocabulary and pronunciation, but I still could not conquer my fear of opening my mouth and saying something dumb or embarrassing. It was a real problem for me, because from Day One I recognized that the most important thing was to become a part of my new community and my new culture. To do that I had to speak English. Then, I met Janet Kamm from Literacy Volunteers on the Green. She helped me prepare for my citizenship test. Thanks to her excellent coaching I passed. Janet, in turn, arranged for me to meet (another tutor) Hank McWhinnie. Working with him did the trick for me! I suddenly realized that my real mistake was being silent for fear of making a mistake. Hank somehow gave me the determination to overcome that block and, finally, to speak English without being self-conscious or afraid. Thanks to him I started a volunteer job at the Cornwall library, and now I can even speak in English confidently with my husband! Perhaps equally importantly Hank gave me the confidence to start a new business, called ColibriMHB Translation Services, specializing in translating documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. This transformative experience has caused me to become a big, big fan of Literacy Volunteers on the Green. These volunteers, by dedicating their time and their knowledge to helping me and my fellow immigrants who want to become a part of our new community and our new culture by mastering its language, make such a difference in our lives. Thanks to them not only can we improve ourselves but, by becoming a part of the mainstream community, we can contribute to making our new country a better place. I want to honor and recognize all here today who have given of their time and their effort and their dedication to us newcomers to this great country. You have changed my life and opened a new world of possibilities for me, as I know you have for many others in the room tonight.”
Volunteer Tutor Training Session
Teach an adult to read, write, understand and speak English, and you will change a family and a community. Literacy changes everything. Make new friends. Develop new skills. Expand your horizons. Most importantly, make a difference in someone’s life.
Volunteer Tutor Training Session
Saturday, September 13th from 9am - 3pm
and Tuesday, September 16th from 5:30pm-8pm
St. John’s Parish Hall, New Milford 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 at a time and place that is convenient for you and will provide instructional materials and on-going support.
Call today for more information: 860-355-0830. Registration deadline: September 10th.
A fall session of FAMILY READ will be held at the New Milford VNA located on 68 Park Land Rd. Sessions will be held Oct. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, and Nov. 5th (Wednesday). They will begin at 10:30am and run till 12:00pm. A different book will be discussed each week and the book will go home with each family. Light refreshments will be served. For more information please call Literacy Volunteers on the Green at 860-355-0830 or Carol McCarthy at 860-354-7361.
Senator Clark Chapin nominated Literacy Volunteers on the Green for the donation and was on hand to welcome the announcement. “It is important that individuals master the English language to succeed in any career,” said Senator Chapin. “Literacy is a problem for many individuals in Connecticut, and Literacy Volunteers on the Green tackles the issue head on. I applaud AT&T for making this generous donation in support of such a vital local organization.”
Read the entire Press Release for all the details and comments.
Pictured in the photo, from the left, are Carol McCarthy, member of Literacy Volunteers on the Green's board of directors, Kinson Perry of AT&T, State Senator Clark Chapin, State Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor and Jacqueline Farrell, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers on the Green.
GIVE LOCAL CHALLENGE - A Success!
Thanks to our generous donors and supports, the Give Local Online Giving Challenge was a success for LVG. Literacy Volunteers received $5,765. during the Fall 2013 campaign and $888.96 in May 2014. 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. Thank you again for your generosity.