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Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta Seeking Volunteers

by Judy Kaplan
Refugees and immigrants have enriched our country from its inception.  In recent history, Atlanta and the state of Georgia have offered safe havens to refugees from war-torn areas of the world. Many fled African nations where their lives were in jeopardy, sometimes hurrying out of their country with the sound of gunfire ringing in their ears.  Along with the constant arrival of invited immigrants from every continent, learning to speak, read, and write our language is a priority, and refugees and immigrants work hard to learn English.
Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta (LVA) is a non-profit organization that trains volunteers to teach English to speakers of other languages.  The students who walk through our doors are committed, responsible, and reliable, which make them a pleasure to tutor.
If you have the interest and the time, please call Kim at 404-377-7323 to register for the next volunteer orientation. The short orientation is held on the second Saturday of each month.  The next one is on Saturday, July 13; and in August, the date is August 10. Tutors do not need to know the student’s language.
Training is held at the LVA office in Decatur at 246 Sycamore Street, Suite 110.  However, you will tutor locally.  If your student is in East Atlanta, Ormewood, Grant Park, or the SAND area, you can use any of the public libraries for your meetings.  In East Atlanta, Joe’s Café invites tutors and students to use their space.  Small cafes and restaurants often welcome students and teachers, and the office can help you find a place to tutor.

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