Literacy Volunteers of Bangor marks record-setting year, looking for volunteers

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A local organization that teaches literacy skills helped more people than ever improve their lives last year.

This year Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is marking 50 years in the community. The organization is coming off a record setting year in 2018.

Last year, Literacy Volunteers served 324 adult students, an increase of 23 percent more than the year before. Nearly 300 people also volunteered 17,000 hours throughout the year.

But there are more adults than ever asking for literacy help. The biggest need is for volunteers to tutor those students. A 15-hour training session to learn to do that is coming up in March. Tutors are then matched with a student they meet with one to two times a week.

Folks can help in other ways, too, by supporting upcoming events. The support results in a donation to the organization, which is privately funded.

Among the events - The University of Maine International Dance Festival on February 16th, Bangor on Tap on February 9th and the Literacy Tea on March 31st.

You can log on to the website www.lvbangor.org for more information on how to volunteer. You can also find out about how to sign up for a tutor to improve your literacy skills.