Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County’s mission is to change lives through literacy.

Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County’s mission is to change lives through literacy.

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to change lives through literacy

We do this by:

  • Providing opportunities for adults to learn
  • Helping children succeed in school
  • Promoting reading in the community

Our goal is long-term. We serve multiple generations to help stop the cycle of illiteracy.

Our Impact

Each year:

75+ Adults are helped to improve their reading, writing, English, math, and computer skills
2500+ Children are provided with reading enrichment activities
7500+ Free Books are given away

Our students have found better jobs, received their Diploma, become more engaged in school, earned citizenship, and gotten more involved in their community. Some have written a letter to a loved one for the first time in their life.

Literacy changes lives! Click here to read our success stories and testimonials!

Our History

Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County began in 1979 with a small group of dedicated volunteers. They became an affiliate of Literacy Volunteers of America, using the one-to-one Adult Tutoring model developed in Syracuse by Ruth Colvin in 1962. Over the years our programs have expanded to include other adult services, help children succeed in school, and promote reading in the community. Today we serve over 2500 people – children and adults – every year.

Our Affiliations

Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County is a fully independent community-based charity. However, we benefit from several professional associations. We are an affiliate of ProLiteracy at the national level, a member of Literacy New York on the state level, and a local Community Partner Agency of the United Way of Wayne County. Through these networks we have access to a wide range of evidenced-based educational resources and expert support.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Christopher Edgar, Executive Director

Heidi Schwittek Barnes, Adult Program Coordinator

Derek Poole, Family Literacy Coordinator

Amanda Bates, Program Officer (se habla español)