Literacy Volunteers of America Founded

January 1, 1961

A Syracuse group led by Ruth Colvin and affiliated with the United Church Women of Syracuse found Literacy Volunteers of…

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Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Founded

January 1, 1964

United Church Women of Rochester, under the direction of “Queenie” Zuehlke, setup the first “Each One, Teach One” workshop and…

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First LitBits Published

January 1, 1966

The first issue of LitBits, a newsletter to support trained tutors, is published.

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Self Incorporation

January 1, 1971

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester incorporates as an independent organization and separates from United Church Women. The first annual meeting takes…

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Site Expansion

January 1, 1975

LVR opens a satellite location in Brockport. The first Hilton workshop attracts 25 participants.

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Time to Move

January 1, 1978

With the need for more space, LVR moves from 50 West Main Street to 75 College Ave.

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Wins an Award!

July 1, 1978

LVR wins the inaugural “Connie Haendle Affiliate of the Year Award” from Literacy Volunteers of America and is is named…

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United Way Funding

January 1, 1982

LVR receives its first donor designation funding through United Way, helping to grow the annual budget to $10,000.

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Barbara Bush Visits

January 1, 1985

While George H. W. Bush is honoring Barber Conable, Barbara Bush visits the LVR offices. All the royalties from her…

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New Name

July 1, 1985

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester changes its name to Literacy Volunteers of America – Rochester, NY, Inc. to fall in line…

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First Hired Staff

January 1, 1987

The Board decides that it is time to hire a staff member. Hinda Miller is hired as a part time…

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Time to Move Again!

July 1, 1987

75 College Ave is sold to the Red Cross, so LVR moves to 907 Culver Rd.

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First Government Funding

January 1, 1988

LVR receives its first government funding from the New York State Department of Education.

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First Judy Dauphinee Award

January 1, 1993

The first Judy Dauphinee Award went to Virginia Buechel. This Award is named after Judy Dauphine a dedicated LVR volunteers…

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New Executive Director

July 1, 1994

LVR’s second Executive Director, Eliza Coyle starts.

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Establishment of the Literacy Leadership Fund

July 1, 1996

The literacy Leadership Fund , and endowment fund, is established to support future growth of the organization. The initial investment…

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New Executive Director

July 1, 2002

Robert Mahar is named LVR’s third Executive Director.

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Back to Our Roots

January 1, 2004

To maintain our historical context inside the new national organization, Proliteracy, the organization takes Literacy Volunteers of America- Rochester, NY,…

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Help is on the way!

July 1, 2005

LVR hires their first Development Director to help raise funds to support the ever growing programs.

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Say hello to Computers

July 1, 2006

Computer Literacy classes start.

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45 Years!

July 1, 2009

LVR turns 45!

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On the Move Again!

July 1, 2010

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester moves to 1600 South Ave on the Al Sigl Campus!

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Math begins

July 1, 2011

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester starts tutoring adults in math.

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Program offerings expand

January 1, 2012

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester launches it;s “Literacy Navigator” program. This program grows and becomes what is know as our Digital…

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Growing Our Programming

July 1, 2013

As technology increases and has a bigger influence on society, LVR creates the Digital Literacy Program. This program was designed…

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Happy Birthday to Us!!!

January 1, 2014

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester celebrates 50 years of service!

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Bahler Endowment Fund established

July 1, 2015

In part because of the generous donation from Katherine and Wesley Bahler, Literacy Rochester was able to establish the Bahler…

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Digital Literacy Expands

July 1, 2016

Hiring of a full-time Digital Literacy Coordinator to manage volunteers and site expansion

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Retirement Announcement

February 14, 2019

Executive Director, Robert (Bob) Mahar, of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (LVR) after 17 years has announced that he will retire…

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100 Years of Literacy Luncheon

May 2, 2019

On May 2, 2019, LVR held the 100 Years of Literacy Luncheon at the Country Club of Rochester. At the…

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Fourth Executive Director Starts

July 1, 2019

Charles Reaves becomes Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.’s fourth Executive Director. “Charles has dedicated his life and work to serving…

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Name Change

August 5, 2019

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc. announces that through a Dba its new public name is Literacy Rochester.

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