Join Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County and make a difference

BUCKHANNON, WV — Are you looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? Consider becoming a volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County, a dedicated organization with a mission to spread literacy throughout Upshur County by offering free and confidential one-on-one tutoring in reading, basic math, computer skills and other life skills.

According to Jennifer Higham, Director of LVUC, their focus is on teaching students to read. The organization also has an ESL tutor. Higham emphasized the importance of addressing literacy and math skills deficits in the area, noting that Upshur County has a 19% illiteracy rate.

Higham also highlighted the organization’s goal-oriented approach, which includes meeting various goals such as preparing students for the West Virginia driver’s test, helping them balance a checkbook and meeting any other needs they may have.

LVUC hosts various fundraising events throughout the year, including raffles, yard sales and book sales, to support its mission.

LVUC welcomes anyone interested in donating books throughout the year to do so Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at their location at 88 W. Main St., Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Higham expressed gratitude for the community’s continued support, noting that all proceeds from their book sales and other fundraisers benefit LVUC and their students. LVUC also participates in community events, such as Festival Fridays, where they host free children’s book giveaways throughout the summer.

Since 1985, LVUC has taught 500 people to learn how to read and helped them with other aspects of their lives.

“The pandemic has been torturous for most nonprofits, and we’re no exception,” Higham said. “We would love to see some new faces come out to our fundraisers or apply to be a tutor.”

If you’re interested in making a difference in Upshur County and helping others improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a Literacy Volunteer with LVUC. For more information about volunteering or donating, visit their Facebook page at or contact them directly at (304) 472-2343.

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