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People seek help from the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven for many reasons. Some want to improve their literacy to find a better job. Others want the enriching experience of reading stories to their children or grandchildren. For non-native speakers, learning how to read instructions and signs is essential for navigating daily tasks. It could be a matter of life and death.
“Our program is lifestyle based,” explains Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven Executive Director Donna Violante. “We incorporate our students’ goals into the program. If they say they need to get a driver’s license, then we pair them with a tutor who works with them on a driver’s manual. If someone says, ‘I want to read the Bible,’ we work with the Bible. Some have diabetes and say they can’t read the instructions on their prescriptions, so we have them work with a health literacy tutor.” Continue reading.