Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has been awarded $10,000 by The McCarthy Charities. The funds, to be used for general operating costs, are greatly beneficial at a time when LVORC is establishing new programs and services in Rensselaer County and Albany County. According to Executive Director, Nancy Benz, “This funding provides critical support to people in our community who rely on LVORC’s programs. With help from our tutors, they can improve their employability, assist their children in school, become U.S. citizens, be more active in community life, and reach whatever other goals they’ve set for themselves.“

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Left to right: Nancy Benz, Marie Heller, Linda Feldmann
     Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s Board of Directors has appointed Nancy Benz as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective January 13. Ms. Benz succeeds longtime Executive Director Judy Smith, who is retiring.
     “We are excited to welcome Nancy Benz to LVORC at an important time for the organization,” said Laura Salkowe, President of the Board. “As our new Executive Director, we believe her skills and experience will be an asset to current literacy programs as well as growing our program offerings in Albany County and beyond.”
     “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County,” said Nancy Benz, Executive Director, LVORC. “The organization is poised to strengthen its vision and build on its successes over the years. I look forward to being part of the effort to bring the organization to the next level and make a positive difference for even more people who are in need of help with language and communication skills.”
   Ms. Benz is a seasoned non-profit professional with more than a decade of experience in New York’s Capital District non-profit sector including as Vice President of Fund Development at Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson and Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region. She most recently served as Senior Director of Fund Development at the Animal Protective Foundation.
   After serving for nearly a decade in the role of Executive Director, Judy Smith retired this year.
   “It has been my pleasure and a gift to work with our Board, our staff, volunteers and our students over these past eight years,” said Ms. Smith. “I have also become even more aware of the great need for LVORC’s work in the community and the abundant generosity of our volunteers and community.”
    “We are grateful for Judy’s leadership and all that she has done for LVORC to achieve the mission of our organization. On behalf of the Board, we wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement,” said Board President Salkowe.

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LVORC Announces New Role in Albany Literacy

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Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) is expanding its presence and literacy services in the community by taking over the literacy work of the Albany office of Literacy New York Greater Capital Region. Over the past year, Literacy New York Greater Capital Region (LNYGCR) has […]

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Falling Into Place Interview on WAMC

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Listen to Joe Donohue’s “Falling Into Place” interview with Judy Smith and Linda Feldmann: https://www.wamc.org/post/falling-place-literacy-volunteers-rensselaer-county  

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By Samantha Tirrell  Each year, the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) hosts a fundraiser called the Famous Ladies Tea, a luncheon designed to celebrate the successes of historic women and share the details and impact of their successes with a captive audience, all while raising money for their non-profit organization. As a volunteer with […]

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