About Us

Founded in 1980, Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County (LVBC) is located at the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s public library. Trained and qualified volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to adults in basic reading and writing, and in conversational English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Tutors meet students for two hours of instruction each week in the library at a time that’s mutually convenient, and scheduling is flexible. Instruction is individualized to reflect the needs, abilities and goals of each leaner. Lessons may focus on such topics as reading and completing forms, English needed for a job, writing a letter or reading to a child. As their skills improve, these adult students gain confidence and are able to take on more challenging jobs, become better role models for their children and more engaged citizens and members of our communities.

Please help us spread the word about our services to your friends, neighbors, employers and family members. This is an important way to reach adults who need help with reading and language, since they often aren’t able to read about LVBC and they learn about us from others.

Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County is supported by Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, the Berkshire Athenaeum, Berkshire United Way, foundations, grants and private donations. To donate to LVBC click here

Learn how you can join us to help someone realize their potential.


Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County on WAMC

Listen to The Roundtable’s Joe Donahue interview Karen Wallace, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, and Shawn Hartley Hancock, President of Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County. Click here to listen to the interview online.