Literacy Volunteers of the NRV relies on donations to help students

Group is having a Scrabble fundraiser


Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley has served the community since 1974 and it's doing so with the help of a number of volunteers.

It's a game all about words, but for Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley, playing a game of Scrabble is so much more.

"Right now, we're serving right around 90 students and we have a pool of around 32 tutors," said acting director Lisa Quesenberry.

LVNRV helps students who want to learn to read or learn to read better, learn math or English as a second language.

"They are looking to find help with either reading or maybe with digital literacy. ESL students come to our office a lot," Quesenberry said.
The non-profit offers confidential tutoring to adults throughout the New River Valley -- in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties, as well as the city of Radford.

"We are really the only place that they can turn to to start with that basic, basic learning skills," Quesenberry said.
Funding comes through grants and support from the United Way. Beyond that, the organization relies on donors and fundraisers, including its upcoming Scrabble tournament to pay for materials and software like computer programs which help with digital literacy.

"It starts with just the basics from learning the keyboards and mouse and stuff on up to even writing code."
Students are learning skills to help them reach their goals for independence and employment.  

LVNRV will hold a Scrabble tournament fundraiser June 8 at the New River Valley Mall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.