History of Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagaravintage Literacy Volunteers

  • Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) was founded in 1962 by Ruth Johnson Colvin as a small grassroots effort to wipe out illiteracy in Syracuse, New York.
  • The Buffalo & Erie County Literacy Volunteers of America/Buffalo and Erie County affiliate was founded in 1965.
  • Literacy Volunteers of America/Buffalo and Erie County offered two core programs: Basic Literacy & English Language Learning.
  • Literacy Volunteers of America merged with Laubach Literacy International in late 2002 and create a “Literacy Superpower” consisting of nearly 1,400 affiliates. The new parent organization is called ProLiteracy America. As a result of this name change, our affiliate became known as “Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County”
  • Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo & Erie County merges with Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County to create Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc. in July 2012.