SuccessAugusta resident Suzanne and her tutor, Jodi, from West Gardiner, were featured in the exhibit “Faces of Literacy: Voices of Courage” to the State House Welcome Center in February, 2010. Suzanne immigrated to Augusta from war-torn Democratic Congo, speaking no English. Motivated to improve her employment situation and gain friends, Suzanne sought help from LVA in 2008 and was paired with Jodi, who also serves on the local LVA board of directors. Suzanne progressed in her English at such a significant rate, is happier at work, and often delivers speaking engagements about her experience with Literacy Volunteers.

In 2010, 1,000 native Mainers and speakers of other languages – like Suzanne – improved their literacy through the Maine LV network of affiliates. If you know someone in the Augusta region who needs help with reading, call LVA at 207-626-3440, email 


Learner Henry Lam
In 2005, I left Vietnam and came to Maine to find a better life in the “hope country”. I couldn’t understand or speak English with Americans around. I became a “deaf and mute” person. I felt very sad and questioned, “Why is this happening to me? How can I improve my English?” My uncle, Tinh Thai, took me to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor where I started to learn English with my tutors. It was a hard work trying to learn English as quickly as I could. I spent most of the time studying and listening to American Channels. I tried many different ways to learn English with my tutors such as watching movies, reading books, writings short stories, and correcting pronunciation.

Moreover, I went back to Bangor Adult Education High School and graduated in 2006. While I studied at school, I still improved my English with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. After I graduated from high school, I moved forward to Eastern Maine Community College for Associate Degree and University of Maine for Bachelor Degree in Electrical Programs. Again, I graduated in honors with the sharing of my tutor, Dr. Phil Locke, and my family.

Now, I am working as an Electrical Engineer at TRC Solutions while I am still learning English with Mr. Brad Brown, a tutor of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta. The literacy Volunteers of Maine has helped me improve in English for almost 6 years. I think that Literacy Volunteers of Maine is a helpful, friendly organization for our communities in Maine. That is the primary reason that I would like to join the Board of Directions for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta. I will try my best to help our communities; however, I know that “One bird cannot bring the spring back”-Vietnamese Proverb. Hopefully, we together will improve this wonderful organization, so we can help more people who want to have a better life.

About Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta

Literacy Volunteers Greater Augusta promotes and fosters increased literacy for adults with low reading skills or those for whom English is not their native language, through volunteers. The organization also encourages and aids individuals, groups, or organizations that want to help adults read better through a community communications program. All services are provided free of charge to anyone. There is an ongoing need for volunteers.

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