Who We Are
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford is a private non-profit organization that has been providing adult literacy services in Greater Hartford since 1972. Annually, we now serve over 700 adults representing 20 towns throughout our region. We are an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy Worldwide and a United Way partner agency that relies on public and private support to expand our reach and meet the vast need for literacy services.
Our mission is to improve the ability of Greater Hartford adults to read, write, and speak English.
Our vision is to build a stronger, more resilient Greater Hartford by creating a community of fully literate adults.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) comprises two thirds of our student body representing over 80 countries around the world. The other third are native English speakers who read and write at below a sixth grade reading level.
The dedication of our volunteers is essential to our program. The hard work of 180 committed volunteers (and only six full-time staff!) is what drives this organization. Volunteers provide classroom instruction, assistance in the Computer Lab, and add their expertise on various committees.
To become a volunteer, please complete our online volunteer application.
The Hartford Literacy Center is located at 30 Arbor Street in Hartford on the first floor of the South building. Classes are also offered at the Wickham Library at 656 Burnside Avenue in East Hartford and at the Wintonbury Branch of the Prosser Library at 1015 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield. Ample parking is available at all of our locations and all are on bus routes. Click here for directions.
Check out our new 40th anniversary timeline to learn more about how LVGH has impacted the Greater Hartford community for the last four decades.
Click HERE to watch a “Virtual Tour” of our Hartford Literacy Center!