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Our Mission

Our Mission

Transforming individuals and communities through the doorway of literacy.

Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County (LVCC) is dedicated to improving the lives of local residents by providing free one-on-one and small group literacy instruction. We believe that it’s never too late to change your life through learning.

LVCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based out of Fredonia, NY. Our volunteer tutors help people gain crucial skills in a wide range of areas, including reading, writing, English language, math, finances, and high school equivalency. LVCC volunteers also help the low vision population fill out forms and read documents.

100% of the proceeds from used and vintage book sales at The Next Chapter Bookstore are used to support our free literacy programs.

"When you learn to read you will be born again…and you will never be quite so alone again." - Rumer Godden

Books On Shelf

Our Executive Director

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 the head of our volunteer department, she works to manage the entire LVCC operation and secure funding for its programs. Julie relies on a dedicated team to help carry out our critical mission – volunteer tutors and operational assistants who care about making a difference in the lives of their fellow Chautauqua County residents.

Meet Our Team

In addition to our Executive Director Julie, volunteer tutors, and bookstore assistants, LVCC has a hard-working staff and board of directors that support the organization from behind the scenes.

Alicia McDowell

Outreach & Development Coordinator

Tammy Day

Marketing & Vintage Books

Melissa Kaufman

Bookstore Manager



Dominic Schultz

Assistant Bookstore Manager



Meet Our Board

Priscilla (Perce) Bernatz

Board President

Ann Siegle Drege

Board Treasurer

Kim Maternowski

Board Member

Donna Luh

Board Vice President

Joyce Haines

Board Member

Michele Starwalt

Board Member

Eileen Ardillo

Board Secretary

David Tiffany

Board Member

We Need Your Support Today!

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