Literacy New York Greater Capital Region, locally known as Literacy Volunteers of America, we change lives and build community by strengthening literacy skills through learner centered education. We provide the literacy tools needed to encourage and achieve personal and economic growth and independence.

One out of five adults in our region cannot read a map, fill out a job application, or follow directions on a medicine bottle. This means that more than 55,000 adults in our five county service area read or write below a fifth grade level.

Every day, more and more learners seek us out as they strive to improve their ways of life, increase their confidence, and concentrate on becoming more integrated into their communities.

Literacy In the News

Symphony Space Actors Read Literacy Student’s Stories (with video)
Literacy Students Enrich Community with Culture and Diversity at Art Show
CBS Sunday Morning’s Battling the Scourge of Illiteracy

Free Literacy Resources

Family Literacy Learning
ProLiteracy’s Online Learning for Learners and Tutors


Literacy New York Greater Capital Region provides confidential instruction by trained staff and volunteers. Our free educational services include: basic literacy instruction in reading, writing and math; ELL (English Language Learning) tutoring and conversation groups; and preparation for the GED and citizenship exams.

Tutors and learners meet at mutually agreed upon times in public locations such as libraries and coffee shops. Our service area covers more than 3,500 square miles in Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington Counties. (Click on our contact page to find a site coordinator and office location near you.)

Individuals and groups can contact Literacy New York Greater Capital Region to learn about volunteer opportunities.



Dollar General Literacy Foundation