Change a life. 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 through one-to-one tutoring.

Since 2012, LVCA has experienced a 72% increase in enrolled students, 413 students in 2016 up from 239. As our community continues to attract and absorb non-English-speaking individuals, there will continue to be a rise in the need of our services. Thanks to collaborations with community partners and our 336 dedicated tutors, we are able to continue to serve our students with individualized tutoring, geared towards accomplishing their goals and improving their lives.  

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.

LVCA Celebrates Student Achievements

On Wednesday, November 2, LVCA recognized 55 students who had met significant milestones in their study: those who obtained Citizenship, those who completed our program by scoring high enough on standardized tests to move on to other educational endeavors, and those who studied more than 100 hours during the course of the year.

The event took place in the African-American Heritage Center and we were honored to have Vice-mayor and Albemarle High School Career and Technical Education teacher Wes Bellamy as our guest speaker.

To see pictures from the event please visit our Flckr page, here. You can also find a clip of NBC29’s coverage here.

Registration is now open for Wordplay 2017

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 comprised of three people from local businesses and organizations. The audience is invited to play along and cheer for their favorite team! 

We look forward to seeing you for the 10th Anniversary of Wordplay on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Learn more about Wordplay