Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has a rewarding volunteer opportunity for the 2019-2020 school year which might be right for you. Do you enjoy reading? Would you like to share your enjoyment of reading with a child and support his or her reading development? Do you have an hour a week to spare? If so, consider joining the Everybody WINS! Power Lunch program as a School Coordinator or Reading Mentor.

Everybody Wins! Power Lunch is an innovative reading and mentoring program that improves children’s prospects for success in school and in life. Power Lunch pairs elementary school children, one-to-one, with volunteers from nearby businesses, colleges and the community. Once a week, reading partners enjoy conversation together at the school, and the adult reads a book aloud to the child while he/she eats lunch.

The Everybody WINS! Power Lunch program is in need of volunteer reading mentors at various schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Mentors meet with students during lunch at School 2, School 14, Carroll Hill, Bell Top and Unity Sunshine in Troy, Abram Lansing Elementary in Cohoes and Arbor Hill Elementary in Albany.

A volunteer School Coordinator is needed for the program at Abram Lansing in Cohoes on Fridays and for the program at Arbor Hill School in Albany on Thursdays. The volunteer School Coordinator supervises the sessions at the school, selects books for the reading mentor and child, and makes sure the sessions run smoothly (approximately 2.5-3 hours per week).
The required one-hour training for the program will be held on Thursday, August 15th and repeated on Thursday August 29th. Both are scheduled for 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the LVORC offices at 71 First Street, Troy. Please phone (518) 244-4650 or email litvoldirector@aol.com if you are interested in attending the training and/or would like more information.

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Workplace Literacy: Students in workplace literacy programs can study English at the job site before or after their shift, or during a regularly scheduled break. They can build vocabulary based on their jobs and the work environment and improve their ability to communicate with co-workers and supervisors.
– Comfortex Window Treatments in Maplewood is forming a new class for beginning English speakers. The class will meet in two sessions: 1st Shift – class from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM; 2nd Shift – class from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. The class will begin in September and run continuously throughout the year. Each class could have 10-12 learners.
– Blasch Precision Ceramics in Menands needs an instructor for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 7:30-8:00 PM for 4-5 ESL learners and from 8:00-8:30 PM for one Basic Literacy learner.
Community-based ESL: Students attend classes in their own neighborhood for ease of access and convenience. They set their own goals with the assistance of the instructor and each session combines reading, writing, listening and speaking.
– The beginning-intermediate class at Watervliet Public Library would like to add a session on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM. This class of 8-10 women learners (almost entirely from Afghanistan) has met each Monday night for more than 18 months. The goal is to extend conversation practice on Tuesdays using grammar introduced in the Monday night session.

If you would like more information about any of these group opportunities or if you have other questions, please contact Linda at (518) 244-4650 or linda.feldmann1@verizon.net

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