Our Mission

We exist to transform
individuals and
communities through the

doorway of literacy

Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our volunteers tutor community members in need in a wide range of areas, including reading, finances, math, English language, technology and high school equivalency. Volunteers also help the low vision population fill out forms and read documents.

We believe it’s never too late to change your life through learning.

Meet our team

In addition to volunteers tutors, we have a dedicated staff that helps
manage the inner workings of LVCC.

Julie LaGrow

Executive Director, LVCC

Julie LaGrow has been the Executive Director of LVCC since 2015. Julie deeply understands the impact that literacy and learning have on people’s lives. As head of the volunteers, she works tirelessly to manage the entire LVCC operation and secure funding for its programs. Julie relies on a dedicated group of volunteer tutors and operational assistants who care about making a difference in the lives of their fellow Chautauqua County residents to help LVCC carry out its critical mission.

Priscilla (Perce) Bernatz

Board President

Tammy Day

Marketing
Coordinator and
Vintage Book Seller

Dominic Schultz

Facility Supervisor

Melissa Kaufman

Bookstore Manager

Normaris Quiñones-Echevarria

LVCC Assistant
Director

Eileen Ardillo

Board Member

Leah Collins

Board Member

Risha Formanowicz

Secretary

Joyce Haines

Board Member

Ann Siegle Drege

Treasurer

Meet our team

In addition to volunteers tutors, we have a dedicated staff that helps
manage the inner workings of LVCC.

Julie LaGrow

Executive Director, LVCC

Julie LaGrow has been the Executive Director of LVCC since 2015. As a former teacher, Julie deeply understands the impact that literacy and learning have on people’s lives. As head volunteer, she works tirelessly to manage the entire LVCC operation and secure funding for its programs. Julie relies on a dedicated group of volunteer tutors and operational assistants who care about making a difference in the lives of their fellow Chautauqua County residents to help LVCC carry out its critical mission.

Priscilla (Perce) Bernatz

Board President

Tammy Day

Marketing
Coordinator and
Vintage Book Seller

Dominic Schultz

Facility Supervisor

Melissa Kaufman

Bookstore Manager

Normaris Quiñones-Echevarria

LVCC Assistant
Director

Eileen Ardillo

Board Member

Leah Collins

Board Member

Risha Formanowicz

Secretary

Joyce Haines

Board Member

Ann Siegle Drege

Treasurer

Champions of the Community

Lend your support

There are many ways to support LVCC: become a tutor, volunteer in our bookstore, make a monetary donation, donate books and school supplies and choose us as your charity on Amazon Smile when you shop online.

Helping doesn’t just touch others’ lives – it impacts your own.

92% proficiency rate

Our Students

Our students come from all walks of life and each has their own story. All tutoring is free of charge with no time limits or constraints on the amount of tutoring they can receive. We do everything we can to accommodate the unique circumstances of each of our adult students to ensure that we set them up for success. When our students visit the Education Center, they feel like they’re amongst family, and the bond they create with their tutors is one of the most special parts of their experience.

The impact of our programs is life-changing: with a 92% proficiency rate, our students leave our organization better equipped to navigate the world and to succeed in life.

The Bookstore

The Next Chapter bookstore funds our literacy programs. With a wide selection of books priced at $3 or less, the bookstore is an integral part of supporting our organization and extending the literacy mission.