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Literacy Volunteers Needed New Tutor Training Session Begins January 16

Posted Jan. 08, 2013, at 1:32 p.m.

(Bangor, Maine) – Each day, 20% of our local community members struggle with daily literacy activities such as helping their children with homework and reading prescription instructions. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is offering a chance to make a difference in these lives by tutoring Bangor area adults who need assistance with literacy. Every volunteer, regardless of their background, receives training during sessions held throughout the year. The Winter Tutor Training Session begins Wednesday, January 16 from 6-9 pm.

A few hours a week, patience, empathy, flexibility and a passion to make a difference are all that is required of volunteers. Danielle Hewes is a new volunteer who was inspired by the tremendous difference a tutor made in her mother’s life. After more than twenty years in a successful medical field career, a stroke left Danielle’s mom unable to read or write. Through consistent, dedicated work with her Literacy Volunteers tutor, Danielle’s mom was eventually able to return to work. “If someone can dedicate the time and energy to help my mom read, write and work again, the least I can do is give back by becoming a volunteer,” says Danielle.

The Winter Tutoring Session takes place every Wednesday for six weeks from 6-9 pm at the United Technologies Center on the Hogan Road in Bangor. There is a volunteer contribution of $35 which helps defray the costs of the book and materials. (Scholarships are available). To learn more or to register for the tutor session, contact Literacy Volunteers of Bangor at 947-8451 or kellipittman@lvbangor.org. You can also visit www.lvbangor.org.

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Editor’s Note: To set up an interview with Danielle Hewes, regarding her inspiration to join Bangor Literacy Volunteers, please contact Mary Marin Lyon @ the contact information above.

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