Literacy Volunteers: Changing lives, one word at a time.

Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) addresses low literacy and undereducation among adults in our region through free, individualized reading, writing and English language instruction. Our mission is to help individuals become better workers, consumers, neighbors, citizens, and parents primarily through one-to-one tutoring.

We imagine a community where every adult has the literacy and English language skills he or she needs to live a fulfilling and productive life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Literacy Volunteers strives to provide foundational education to support our students as they embark on workforce and educational paths that will help them secure better jobs and become more fully involved in community life.


Wordplay, LVCA’s Annual Fundraiser

Wordplay is Charlottesville’s own live game show and the annual fundraiser for LVCA. It’s a team-based competition for people who love words, vocabulary, pop culture, history, literature, and showing off how smart they are. Teams are composed of three people from local businesses and organizations. The audience is invited to play along and cheer for their favorite team! Through the generosity of Wordplay sponsors, we have raised awareness around the issue of illiteracy and have been able to help area adults improve their lives by learning to read, write, and speak English.

Learn more about Wordplay