LVORC Recognizes International Literacy Day

August 28, 2014

September 8th is International Literacy Day. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established Literacy Day in 1965 to call attention to the world-wide issues of illiteracy. Nations throughout the world recognize that deficits in literacy are contributing to unemployment, poverty and many other societal problems. It is more likely for children to have […]

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New Volunteer Opportunities for Fall 2014

August 11, 2014

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County offers more ways to help than ever before. Join us for a one-hour Volunteer Opportunities Information Session at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25th at Faith Lutheran Church, 50 Leversee Road, Troy, or on Wednesday, September 10th at 12:00 noon at the LVORC office, 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy. Call 274-8526 to […]

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Letter to Our Valued Tutors

August 8, 2014

Dear Valued Tutors, I hope you are having a good summer and finding time to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. First, I want to thank you for your invaluable service to Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. We simply would not be able to accomplish our mission without your dedication, hard work and support. I know […]

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Literacy Volunteers Program Expansion Made Possible by First Niagara

July 31, 2014

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County is happy to announce the expansion of the Everybody WINS! Power Lunch program with support from a $2,500 grant from First Niagara Foundation. According to Peter Cosgrove, Sr. Director of Corporate Banking, “First Niagara is committed to doing all we can to make our community a place where all our […]

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Lemonade for Literacy: Three young brothers show their support for LVORC

July 30, 2014

Seven-year-old Buzz Barclay marveled at the brochure. Unlike most of the mail that arrived at the Barclay residence, this special letter was addressed specifically to him. It was an invitation to participate in the 2014 Literacy 5K Run/Walk. Buzz was a runner in the Literacy 5K held on May 4, 2014 at Rensselaer Tech Park. […]

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Literacy 5K: Thank You!

May 27, 2014

It may have been a little cool and rainy, but it didn’t dampen the spirits and efforts of those who supported the 2014 Literacy 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 4th. Many thanks are owed to our participants in the Children’s Fun Run, Youth Mile and 5K, and to our committed and devoted Volunteers under the […]

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Famous Ladies’ Tea a Huge Success!

April 15, 2014

A note from Judith Smith, Executive Director: It seemed like everyone I spoke with who attended the Famous Ladies Tea at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy on March 16th had a great time. The common remarks included  “What a great idea” and “What a fun way to support Literacy Volunteers.” It was also a […]

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2014 Literacy 5K at Rensselaer Tech Park

April 2, 2014

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join us for our biggest event of the year. The Literacy 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, May 4th will bring together more than 300 participants. You can register online at You can also view a map of the course and a race day schedule. We look […]

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Famous Ladies Tea to Feature Women from Around the World

March 13, 2014

 The second annual Famous Ladies’ Tea will be held on Sunday, March 16th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased in advance from Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, N.Y. The women portrayed in this year’s event will be: Anne Bradstreet, a Massachusetts […]

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Goodbye and Hello

January 7, 2014

Dear volunteers and friends, On July 1, 2000, I started working as Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County. It has been a wonderful journey. Effective January 10, 2014, I am retiring. My favorite part of the job has been working with volunteers—YOU—and I thank you for this opportunity. Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County […]

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