Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1973, affiliated with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.

For more information about the statewide Literacy Volunteers network, visit Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts.

  • LVMont’s service area includes Acton, Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Baldwinville, Barre, Berlin, Bolton, Boxboro, Clinton, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Princeton, Shirley, South Lancaster, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.
  • LVMont is one of 12 affiliates in the Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts (LVM) network. LVM is the leading provider of literacy and ESOL tutoring services to adults in the state through its network of programs located in Athol, Boston, Fitchburg, Framingham, Lowell, Methuen, Norwood, Pittsfield, Quincy, Southbridge, Stoughton and Worcester.

Contact Us

Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area
City Hall, First Floor
718 Main Street
PO BOX 7197
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-434-6498
[email protected]

“[My tutor] teaches me culture and life beyond language. This gives me the strength to live in the future and have dreams. Sincerely, I [have] noticed that the more language I learn, the more real experience[s I have]” – Student Annie

Hours

MondayThursday, 10 -3:00 PM
Evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment. Masks required.

  • Established in 1973, Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area (LVMont) is a private, nonprofit organization which provides free, confidential, and individualized tutoring to adults in basic literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
  • Literate adults find better jobs, start new careers, and become more confident, self-reliant members of their community.

  • Our students become proficient readers and speakers, enabling them to read to their children, and communicate with schools and doctors.

  • ESOL students and graduates of the citizenship classes become US citizens.

  • LVMont specializes in teaching adults whose literacy skills are below the 6th grade level or who have limited conversational English skills, especially those who cannot or will not attend classes due to fear, embarrassment, past failure in school, or difficulties with child care, transportation or scheduling.

  • LVMont’s students are from the United States and 18 countries from every continent.

  • We recruit volunteers and provide them with 18 hours of free training in either basic literacy or ESOL.

  • We recruit, interview and assess students prior to matching and annually.

  • Volunteer tutors provide 2 hours per week of free, confidential and individualized instruction.

  • We provide professional support to tutors through monthly contact, personal appointments, open houses, additional trainings, a quarterly newsletter, an annual recognition event, and re-assessment to monitor progress.

  • We conduct two free 20-hour citizenship classes per year, including materials.

  • We conduct free conversation circles at libraries in our service area where participants can improve their fluency and confidence in conversational English.

  • We currently serve 70 students, and our waiting list for tutoring currently exceeds 35 students.

  • Your support will help us serve the great need for our services in the Montachusett Area by providing instruction to more adults through tutoring, citizenship classes and conversation circles.

  • Literacy Volunteers believe equal opportunity is extremely important and every student is unique in their own way. We strive to create an open, inclusive and equal environment in which every student feels respected and has the opportunity to flourish.

Our Sponsors

Our 2022-2023 Tutor trainings are made possible by a Career Readiness and Educational Access Grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

Staff

Zwanieke Visser, Executive Director

Board of Directors

  • Laura Beauregard, President

  • Girija Verma, Vice president
  • Anne Ndunda, Treasurer
  • Kelly Calamari, Secretary
  • Carolyn Hughes
  • Anaili Hernandez
  • Luisa Fernandez