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.

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.

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