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February 25, 2014

Literacy volunteers raise profile with downtown space

An open house at a new location in Oneonta will provide an opportunity for the community to see the efforts of an area organization, two of those involved said Monday.

The Literacy Volunteers of Otsego & Delaware Counties is holding an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at its new location at 254 Main Street. The group has been operating out of an Oneonta City School District office at 31 Center Street.

“We are hoping to be more visible,” said Karen Rowe, the organization’s executive director. The area Literacy Volunteers group has been in existence since 1979 and has partnered with Oneonta City School District since 2001, but  is a separate organization, she said.

Rowe said she hopes that moving the agency will help people learn about its mission of helping people 16 and older. According to the organization’s website, the group’s aim is “to change lives of courageous, motivated adults who do not possess functional skills needed to perform ordinary, everyday tasks in an ever-changing global society.”

Student/tutor coordinator Carolyn Marks said the open house “gives us a chance to showcase the good work we’ve been doing,” and the move is “a chance to expand our services.”

There is also an entrance at 4 South Main Street.

The program includes 27 volunteer tutors helping more than 40 people improve their reading skills at a variety of public sites in the two counties, Rowe said, and local libraries are used as much as possible.

The one-on-one interaction gives volunteer tutors the chance for “a lot of satisfaction out of helping people meet their goals,” she said.

For more information about the organization, call 433-3645.

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