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Join LVOY for our 5th annual Behind the Wines event

Get a Peek at What Goes into Making Great Finger Lakes Wines

Literacy Volunteers Ontario Yates (LVOY) is pleased to be hosting its fifth annual Behind the Wines fundraising event, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 5:30 – 8pm at the mansion at Sonnenberg Gardens.

The evening offers a variety of delicious pairings of wine and beer with seasonally inspired food samplings. Attendees will get a peek at what is involved in making great wines in the Finger Lakes region from guest speakers Peter Bell, winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards, and Agustin Hector Vasquez, an LVOY learner who is the groundskeeper at Bully Hill Vineyards.

The Behind the Wines event celebrates successful pairings between:

  • LVOY learners and the right tutors to meet their literacy goals;
  • Outstanding local wines/beers with delicious seasonally inspired food;
  • The work of LVOY and community-minded individuals and businesses who understand literacy is critical to solving challenges like poverty, unemployment, and poor health.

Local wineries offering samplings at the event are Anthony Road, Arbor Hill, Billsboro, Fox Run, Keuka Spring, Ravines, Red Tail Ridge, and Hermann J. Wiemer. Young Lion and Peacemaker Brewing Companies will also be there along with juice from Red Jacket Orchards and food samplings provided by Root Catering, Rio Tomatlan, Wegmans, and more.

“Over the years, many of our English language learners have worked in the local wine and agriculture industry,” said Heather Swanson, LVOY Board Chairperson. “That’s what makes Behind the Wines such a perfect event to showcase the hard work of our tutors and learners.”

LVOY serves adults throughout Ontario and Yates counties, providing one-on-one tutoring and a variety of group learning settings. LVOY works with both native English speakers and immigrants who are highly motivated to learn and improve their English. LVOY learners each have their individual goals. Some want to pursue high school equivalency diplomas, prepare for the military entrance exam, or be better positioned for a promotion or job change. Some aim to become US citizens or enter trade schools or colleges to find better employment.

Tickets are $65 per person and may be purchased by calling 585-396-1686, by emailing or online here on our ‘donate’ page. (In the ‘Write a note’ section, tell us how many tickets you wish to purchase and if you’d like us to mail them to you or hold them at the door.)

Our Mission

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

The Impact of Literacy

Basic Facts about Literacy

  • Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
  • In the U.S., 30 million people over age 16 — 14 percent of the country’s adult population — don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at the eighth grade level or fill out a job application.
  • The United States ranks fifth on adult literacy skills when compared to other industrialized nations.
  • Adult low literacy can be connected to almost every socio-economic issue in the United States:
    • More than 60 percent of all state and federal corrections inmates can barely read and write.
    • Low health literacy costs between $106 billion and $238 billion each year in the U.S. — 7 to 17 percent of all annual personal health care spending.
    • Low literacy’s effects cost the U.S. $225 billion or more each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

Source: ProLiteracy America

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