Help us Provide Support to our Students and Tutors….Donate Now!

Dear Friend of Literacy,

Jim Slattery felt fortunate to be a comfortably retired teacher and administrator, but he felt something was missing. He knew he had more to give. Fortunately for us, he decided to be an LVCC volunteer tutor. 

Jim was paired up with Robert Wray, who came from Jamaica with his wife and children, five years ago.  He enrolled in New Britain Adult Education to improve his English, but knew he needed more help to pass the exam required for U.S. citizenship.  When Jim and Robert were matched, Robert had eight months to prepare for the citizenship exam interview.  

Jim says “Robert has been an inspiration to me.” While Jim and Robert worked diligently, Jim also learned all that Robert was doing to give his wife and children a better life.  Besides coming to class, Robert works 60 hours per week, makes sure to be a good husband and father, and takes care of the home that he has proudly saved for and bought in New Britain. Now, thanks to Jim and Robert’s great teamwork, Robert can check off another accomplishment—he is a U.S. citizen!

Jim comments that Robert is so grateful for all the help he has received, but Jim reminds him of all the hard work he has done to get to where he is—and Robert is not done. His new goals are to get his GED and improve his computer literacy so that he can get a better job.

Help us provide the support that allows teams like Jim and Robert to reach their goals. Be as generous as you can. The 100 people on our waiting list are counting on you.   To make a donation online or by postal mail please click here.

Sincerely yours,
Maria R. Simao
Executive Director

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