|1968||Organization is founded under the sponsorship of Church Women United.Leslie Burr, President of Church Women United, becomes Chairperson and a workshop leader of Literacy Volunteers for many years.|
|1977||Office at First United Presbyterian Church opens.Joan Winhold, VISTA volunteer, is hired to administer the program.|
|1978||First affiliate Newsletter is published.Twelve-member Board of Directors is elected.|
|1980||First Student/Tutor Get-together takes place.Joan Winhold is promoted to Program Coordinator.|
|1981||Incorporated as Literacy Volunteers of the Greater Troy Area, Inc.|
|1982||Organization becomes a United Way Agency.Annual membership drive is established.|
|1983||Organization wins Literacy Volunteers – NYS First Founders’ Award for work on Berlin project.|
|1984||Orgainization joins newly formed Capital District Coalition of LVA Eastern Rensselaer County as an independent affiliate.|
|1986||Assistant Director position is added.Hosts first LVA NYS Conference at Russell Sage College.PLUS Campaign begins.|
|1987||Clerical staff position is added.Volunteer Basic Literacy Student Interviewer/Assessor position is added.|
|1988||First issue of The Arrow, the student newspaper, is published.Program Coordinator is hired.20th Anniversary is celebrated at RPI Chapel and Cultural Center, with Ruth Colvin as speaker.|
|1989||Student Book Club is founded.Joins LVA-NYS AppleLink Network.|
|1990||First ESL Conversation Group is formed.First Coalition Stars in Literacy recognition event is held.First Family Reading Circle program is conducted in conjunction with Head Start.LVA Troy Area student wins silver coin in national Reach for the Gold Writing Contest.Elsie Clickner, LVA tutor, is recognized as educational volunteer by Rensselaer Volunteer Center.|
1991Marian Potter, LVA Troy Area board member, receives the Ruth Colvin Award for Administrative Volunteers at the National Conference.Mary Misel, LVA-Troy tutor, receives a Rensselaer County Education Volunteer Award. 1992A former LVA-Troy Area student is Keynote speaker at annual PLUS Celebration of Literacy.Volunteer ESL position is added.Nancy Gardner, LVA tutor, workshop leader, and Board Secretary, receives Rensselaer County Education Volunteer Award.Tutor training for RPI Literacy Corps takes place.First Adult Education Act Grant is received.
199325th Anniversary and presentation of Partners in Literacy Award to First United Presbyterian Church.First Mad Hatters Birthday Party fund-raiser takes place.Three tutors are recognized for their service: one for 15 years, one for 10, and ten for 5 years.Training for RPI Literacy Corps tutors is ongoing.Revamped Family Reading Circles program is presented with a grant from GTE.
1994ESL tutor, Catherine DiBenedetto, receives the Ruth J. Colvin Award for ESL Tutors at the National Conference.First Jazz Brunch fund-raiser takes place at the Plaza.Expanded Family Reading Circles program receives a grant from the Howard and Bush Foundation.The first Jane McBride Memorial Award is presented to one Basic Literacy and one ESL student.Training and support are given to the 2 BA Reader program in collaboration with the East Greenbush Public Library.
1995Community awareness of LVA is raised through involvement with United Way Community Presence Committee.ESL Coordinator position hours are increased to equal those of Program Coordinator. 1996Family Reading Circles collaborates with Junior League.Organization participates in Freihofer Community Walk fundraiser.Jazz Brunch fund-raiser nets over $5,000. 1999Donna Gibson retires as Executive Director. Becomes LVA-NYS Master Trainer and Accreditation Surveyor.Jazz Brunch is held at Troy Country Club, netting over $5,000.Board and membership vote to merge with LVA Eastern Rensselaer County to form Literacy Volunteers of America – Greater Rensselaer County, Inc. 2000Barbara Wyman is hired as Executive Director.ESOL and Basic Literacy Tutor Training are combined. 2001A $2,000 Special Legislative Grant and a $5,000 grant from New Reader’s Press are used to create an up-to-date Resource Center at the Literacy Volunteers office in Troy. 2002LVA merges with Laubach to become ProLiteracy Worldwide.The first 5K Literacy Run is held in downtown Troy.The first Scrabble Tournament is held to benefit Literacy Volunteers. 200335th Anniversary is celebrated with LVA founder Ruth Colvin as guest speaker.Donna Gibson receives the Ruth Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Trainer Excellence at the ProLiteracy National Conference.Family to Family program is initiated with funding from the Howard and Bush Foundation.ProLiteracy America has over 1,200 affiliates in 50 states. 2005Nancy Purcell receives the Ruth J. Colvin and Frank C. Laubach Award for Volunteer Excellence at the ProLiteracy National Conference.LVORC receives Accreditation from ProLiteracy America.E. Stewart Jones is awarded Partner in Literacy Award.Organization’s name is changed to Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County.Read With Me program starts at School 12 in Troy.
2006English Language Civics program begins at First United Presbyterian Church, in collaboration with Catholic Charities’ Hispanic Outreach Services.First Authors’ Night is held at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. 2007Workplace Literacy Program begins at Comfortex. 2008Karaoke Competition fundraiser is initiated at Revolution Hall, Troy.Expedited Tutor Training Workshop introduces on-line classes.40th Anniversary Dinner is held at First United Presbyterian Church, Troy.40th Anniversary Celebration is held in Hoosick Falls.Financial Literacy classes begin with support from CAP COM Federal Credit Union, using “Make the Most of Your Money” curriculum
2009Staff, Board, and key volunteer retreat: merger with other programs rejected. 2010Volunteer Carol Miller combines English instruction with music.LVORC adopts new modular Tutor Training Workshop standardizing tutor training for all New York State affiliates.Everybody Wins! program begins at Sacred Heart School with grant from Pitney Bowes. 2011Sewing and English Class begins in Rensselaer with classroom space provided by the Parish of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph. 2012LVORC receives Champions of Character Award from Academy of Character Education at the Sage Colleges.Computer Literacy Class begins with volunteers from Russell Sage College. 2013Famous Ladies’ Tea fundraiser is held at Emma Willard School.
2014 Les Lak is named White House Champion of Change Strengthening the Economy through Citizenship. Mr. Lak is Sr. Vice President of Systems and Operations at Blasch Precision Ceramics, where four dedicated tutors provide English language instruction twice a week, 52 weeks a year. Workers improve the literacy skills needed to succeed in the workplace and to pass the Naturalization Test and Interview.