The mission of Literacy Volunteers Ontario - Yates, Inc. (LVOY) is to provide adults the literacy skills needed to reach their full potential as individuals, parents, workers and citizens.

Why We're Successful...

We use highly qualified, committed tutors who are trained in student-centered learning. We provide tutoring that is specifically geared to each student's particular learning style. We set mutual goals that are realistic and attainable. We offer scheduling that is flexible and accommodating for both the student and tutor.

LVOY is an accredited program of ProLiteracy. Find out more about ProLiteracy here...

How We Can Help

We are an organization that focuses on student-centered learning. This means that we match people who have specific needs with a tutor who will work with them for up to two hours a week to reach their goal(s). The tutoring sessions are held at a mutually-agreed upon location where they can meet confidentially to work on the student's goals.

For Corporations and Businesses: If you are in search of entry level employees, you may have noticed that there is a large pool of potential employees who lack their high school diploma or GED or lack English speaking skills. You may also have current employees who would be good candidates for promotion but you are unable to promote them due to their literacy levels or lack of GED. We can help you meet the needs of your company by matching these employees with a tutor to help them work toward their literacy goals!

How You Can Help

"There is no greater joy than teaching an adult to read, to share that excitement when everything comes together for your student."

There are many ways that you can contribute your talents and experience the reward of bringing the gift of literacy to adult learners in Ontario and Yates County.

  • Literacy Volunteer Tutor
  • Office Volunteer
  • Special Event Volunteer
  • Annual/Memorial Giving
  • Planned/Estate Giving
  • Corporate Initiatives
  • Fundraising Opportunitites

Behind The Wines

September 17, 2015
5:30pm to 8:00pm

$60 per person

Find out what goes into producing world class, Finger Lakes wine-vineyard to bottle-from regional experts as you sample area wines & beer paired with locally sourced hors d' oeuvres by Root Catering

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The Impact of Literacy

Basic Facts about Literacy

Source: ProLiteracy America

News and Events

13th Annual Adult Spelling Bee:
12th Annual Adult Spelling Bee

Sunday, February 8th, 2015, 1:00PM

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Dear Friends,

It’s the time of year when the offices of Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates are abuzz with planning for our annual Adult Spelling Bee, an afternoon of good-natured fun and competition.

This is our 13th year pitting teams of three against each other, teams that are eager – or at least willing to try – to earn bragging rights as the best of the best when it comes to spelling. For the first time, we’re bringing this event to Geneva!

We are currently looking for teams, sponsors and other donations. The entry fee is $300 per team. All of the money raised at “The Bee” supports services for Ontario and Yates county adults who need literacy tutoring or assistance preparing for a high school equivalency test. Here are a few great ways to get involved:

  • Recruit a team by talking it up among family, friends or coworkers.
  • Sponsor a team if you don’t feel like being on one. Representatives of many area non-profits would be glad to stand in for you or your business, and you’ll receive sponsorship credit in our promotional materials.
  • Make a donation, because investing in literacy is a great way to invest in the life of your community.
  • Attend the event to show your support for literacy. The Bee starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, in the auditorium at Geneva High School.
  • BEE the first to sign up! We’re accepting teams through January 31 – but the first THREE teams to complete their registration (with payment) will get a free word pass. Bee-lieve me, this comes in quite handy! Call (585) 396-1686, or complete the registration form above and return it to us!

    Thank you for supporting our efforts to create a stronger, more literate community!

    Paul Miller,
    Executive Director