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LITERACY VOLUNTEERS ON THE GREEN

Literacy . . .plant the seed

New Milford, CT   |  http://www.lvg-ct.org
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LITERACY VOLUNTEERS ON THE GREEN

EIN: 26-2018636


Mission

Literacy Volunteers on the Green provides free English literacy instruction to adults in Litchfield and Northern Fairfield counties so they can participate fully in the communities we share.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Lynn Davies

Main address

P.O. Box 366 7 Whittlesey Avenue

New Milford, CT 06776 USA

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EIN

26-2018636

Subject area info

Adult education

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teaching literacy

Literacy Volunteers on the Green has one program: teaching literacy, whether basic or English as a Second Language.  Therefore, our program and organizational budgets are the same.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ProLiteracy America 2007

United Way Member Agency 2007

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adults provided with literacy instruction.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Teaching literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of adult students who achieve literacy goal

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Teaching literacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Student goals range from increasing workplace English for employability to increasing fluency in order to support children's educational efforts, get a driver's license, or pass citizenship test.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our organization's goal is to maintain and improve each client's quality of life through mastery of the English language. We strive to achieve this goal through careful and thorough training of volunteer tutors and providing free instruction in basic literacy and English as a Second Language to anyone who exhibits a desire to learn.

When English Language Learners register, they are given the English as a Second Language Oral Assessment (ESLOA). It was developed by ProLiteracy America to measure the learner's ability to speak and understand English and focuses on the client's ability to communicate in a meaningful way. It is a progressive test and the assessment ends when the learner cannot correctly complete the required number of items within a section. Those who proceed to the 3rd level are also given a writing test developed by Pearson Longman for the text series which we use. All clients complete a goals worksheet which ranges from obtaining basic survival English skills to preparation for G.E.D. classes or the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign language) which is required for college entrance. Their progress is assessed annually. Tutors report monthly on the client's attendance and participation.\r\n Basic literacy clients are typically lifelong English speakers who are functionally illiterate, usually reading below a fourth grade level. They are evaluated using materials created by the Laubach Way to Reading/ProLiteracy America. As with English Language Learners, they complete a goals worksheet, and we assess their progress on a regular basis.\r\n Volunteers on the Green recruits, trains, and supports the tutors who instruct our clients in language and literacy. Our program is effective because our tutors receive quality training, and both our tutors and clients are supported in their efforts. Our highly qualified volunteer tutor trainer holds a Master's Degree from Columbia University Teacher's College in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. As an affiliate of ProLiteracy America, LVG has access to all of the resources of that national organization, including the most recent research in literacy instruction and best practices for literacy organizations. In addition, we monitor our effectiveness through our clients. Each client establishes individual goals which are evaluated annually. In addition, pre-tests and post-tests are given to clients to measure their progress and determine the effectiveness of particular materials and curriculum for them. Tutors can pace instruction to match a client's needs, abilities, and interests, ensuring that it is appropriate for each client.

People are our greatest resource. We rely on volunteer tutors to provide instruction. The tutors are well-prepared by a trainer certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Our active, hands-on board of directors provide leadership and hard work to make fundraising events successful. \r\nWe are an affiliate of ProLiteracy America, an organization which does not provide financial support to affiliates but which does provide curriculum and training resources and guidance. \r\nWe partner with many agencies in order to provide services. Literacy Volunteers on the Green accepts referrals from the social service agencies in the towns throughout northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties, from the Head Start Program in New Milford, and from the Nurturing Families Network in New Milford, as well as from local church communities. \r\nWith the support of Kent Center School and the John Pettibone and Hill and Plain Schools in New Milford, Literacy Volunteers on the Green provides English tutoring to the parents of English as a Second Language clients. We provide a college application mentoring program to clients at New Milford High School. \r\nLVG created a Family Literacy program based on the Imagination Library provided to parents of local children by The United Way of Western Connecticut. This program helps parents who are English language learners to read the books with their children.\r\nAn additional family literacy program, Family Read®, is offered in partnership with the Connecticut Humanities Council by LVG facilitators who have been trained by Family Read®. The goal of Family Read® is to teach parents of all educational and socio-economic levels how to read with their children so as to increase the child's love of reading.

For students who have been with the program for one calendar year, we have noted the following results: 100% have improved their basic English survival skills, 82% improved on the performance task and on the text assessments.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

LITERACY VOLUNTEERS ON THE GREEN
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Lynn Davies

Prior to joining LVG in 2018, Lynn was Program Facilitator with Mercy Learning Center of Bridgeport, Inc., a non-profit literacy and educational center for under-educated adult women. While there she served as an educational administrator, including oversight of intake and assessment for hundreds of students annually. She has a wide range of strategic and operational experience, including program administration and planning, data analysis, and piloting and launching new state and national programs. She has delivered workshops and presented best practices in adult education and English language learning, as well as provided instructional strategies to volunteer tutors.\nLynn has a Master of Arts in Management and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature from McGill University in Canada. She received a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Another Language (TESOL) from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 04/20/2023
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Board chair

Henry McWhinnie

Anthony Dipentima

attorney in private practice

Carol Beck

New Milford Board of Education, retired

Susan McWhinnie

New Milford Board of Education, retired

Jan Kamm

Casey Pascal

Kathleen Bertram

BRT

Steve Satoh

Suzanne Bona

Mark Sparrow

Derek Deleo

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/20/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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