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Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County Marks 50 Years of Building a Literate Community



Troy, N.Y.: Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County brought together a festive crowd of students, volunteers and friends on Friday, October 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Troy for a 50th Anniversary Celebration – “Making a Difference . . . One Chapter at a Time”. The evening opened with a special message from the founder of Literacy Volunteers, Ruth Colvin, now approaching her 102nd birthday. Broadcast journalist and author John Gray served as Master of Ceremonies and kept the evening light with his well-timed wit. Guest speakers included past executive directors, board presidents, tutors, volunteers for special programs, and learners who exemplified the many ways in which LVORC has made a difference in our community. The evening was made possible with individual contributions and underwriting from BBL Companies, Renaissance Albany Hotel, Aflac New York, Blasch Precision Ceramics, KeyBank, and Hilton Garden Inn, Troy. All proceeds will help LVORC continue to provide programs and services free of charge to adults and children in our region.

Since 1968, LVORC has provided free, confidential tutoring to adults in greater Rensselaer County. We train volunteers to help learners to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English; empower our learners to be advocates for themselves; and educate the community about literacy issues. We also offer workplace literacy; math, computer, and financial literacy; English Literacy Civics and citizenship prep; and Everybody WINS! Power Lunch reading and mentoring for children. New volunteers are welcome. Visit www.lvorc.org for more information.

A Recovery Helpline to assist residents dealing with recovery and addiction issues has been launched today by Rensselaer County, County Executive Steve McLaughlin announced. Residents can reach the Recovery Helpline at 1-833-HOPE-123 or 1-833-467-3123 to receive information, resources or referrals for themselves or anyone needing help with…
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