‘Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara’ in need of volunteers – can you HELP?

September 8, 2017

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Commemorates International Literacy Day with a Plea for Volunteers

25 Volunteers Needed By September 15th
Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc. (LNYBN) will join organizations across the world in observing International Literacy Day this Friday, September 8th, highlighting the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. This year’s theme is “literacy in a digital world.”

In 1965, UNESCO—an arm of the United Nations–created International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.

Literacy is at the front of many minds this week as tens of thousands of kids in the Western New York region head back to school. Unfortunately, some folks looking to learn aren’t as lucky.

There are thousands of adults in Erie and Niagara Counties who are functionally illiterate, meaning that they read below the 5th grade level. This is a group that would benefit greatly from the one—on–one approach used by Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara (LNYBN), the region’s sole one-on-one adult literacy provider. Our strategies and techniques can help—but we need volunteers to help us carry out our mission.

LNYBN is using International Literacy Day as a “call to arms,” specifically a call for volunteers. With nearly 100 individuals waiting for tutoring services, LNYBN is desperate for new volunteer tutors.

LNYBN is putting out a Call For Volunteers to tutor adults who need to improve their reading abilities and for adults who need to learn to speak English.

LNYBN will hold a Tutor Training on September 16th. Tutors will be trained to teach students how to read, write and speak English. To attend this training—or to find more information on volunteering, contact Julie Chojecki at 876-8991, or julie.chojecki@literacybuffalo.org.

About Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara is the region’s sole provider of free, one-on-one adult and youth literacy services. We change lives, word by word. For more information, visit literacybuffalo.org or call 716-876-8991.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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