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Join Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County and make a difference

BUCKHANNON, WV — Are you looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County, a dedicated organization on a mission to spread literacy in Upshur County by offering free and confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, basic math, computer literacy and other life skills.

According to Jennifer Higham, director of LVUC, their focus is on teaching students to read. The organization also has an ESL teacher. Higham emphasized the importance of addressing the area’s literacy and math deficits, noting that Upshur County has a 19% illiteracy rate.

Higham also emphasized the organization’s goal-oriented approach, which includes meeting several goals such as preparing students for the West Virginia driving test, helping them balance their checkbooks and meeting any other needs they may have .

LVUC hosts several fundraising events throughout the year, including raffles, yard sales and book sales, to support its mission.

LVUC welcomes anyone interested in donating books year-round, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at their location at 88 W. Main St., Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Higham expressed gratitude for the community’s continued support, noting that all proceeds from their book sales and other fundraisers benefit LVUC and their students. LVUC also participates in community events, such as Festival Fridays, where they host free children’s book giveaways all summer long.

Since 1985, LVUC has taught 500 people to read and helped them with other aspects of their lives.

“The pandemic has been torture for most nonprofits, and we are no exception,” Higham said. “We would love to see new faces come to our fundraisers or sign up to become tutors.”

If you are interested in making a difference in Upshur County and helping others improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a literacy volunteer with LVUC. For more information about volunteering or donating, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LiteracyVolunteersOfUpshurCounty or contact them directly at (304) 472-2343.