Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County has been awarded $15,000 by the Troy Savings Bank Foundation for website redesign. The funds will be used to create an attractive, user-friendly, resource-intensive website to help potential and current volunteers and students access information about LVORC’s programs and services, educational resources, links to social services, and employment resources such as Job Zone and Indeed. Input from tutors, students, staff and other stakeholders will be welcomed as the site is re-designed.

An overlay of Google Translate will enable adult English language learners and prospective volunteers to use the site in their native language. LVORC’s free services are critical at this time as new immigrants and refugees are arriving in the Capital District. Adult basic literacy learners – English-speaking individuals at a low reading level – will be able to access age-appropriate reading and math resources, and those at a higher level can find resources to help them pass the GED.

Nancy Benz, Executive Director, has had over 20 years of experience with fundraising and communications and has worked with web designers in the past. According to Nancy, “Our goal is to build community engagement through the LVORC website. Tutors will have resources at their fingertips, links to professional development trainings, and curricula for teaching all kinds of learners. Immigrants and refugees will turn to us as a source for learning, finding social services, and gaining literacy support. An increase in tutors will help us serve more people in our community. We’re excited by the possibilities!”

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Check out the interview with Joe Donohue on WAMC’s Roundtable, August 29 2022. It’s part of the Falling Into Place series sponsored by the Seymour Fox Foundation.




LVORC Awarded Grant By The McCarthy Charities

July 12, 2022

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 […]

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Please Welcome New Executive Director, Nancy Benz

January 24, 2022

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 […]

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LVORC Announces New Role in Albany Literacy

November 25, 2020

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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David McMahon’s Story, Life is Full of Surprises

October 16, 2020

Life is Full of Surprises

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Falling Into Place Interview on WAMC

September 4, 2019

Listen to Joe Donohue’s “Falling Into Place” interview with Judy Smith and Linda Feldmann:  

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Everybody WINS! Power Lunch Volunteers Are Needed for the 2019-2020 School Year

August 2, 2019

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, […]

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Call for Volunteers – Afternoon and Evening Group Instructors

May 28, 2019

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 […]

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LVORC Marks 50 Years of Building a Literate Community

October 11, 2018

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County brought together a festive crowd of students, volunteers and friends on Friday, October 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy for a 50th Anniversary Celebration – “Making a Difference . . . One Chapter at a Time”. The evening opened with a special message from the founder of Literacy Volunteers, […]

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