Since 1982, the Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County (LVSSC) has offered free tutoring to adults who want to improve their functional reading, writing, and English-speaking skills.  LVSSC is affiliated with ProLiteracy America, the largest adult literacy organization in the United States, and has been recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. 

Who Are We?

Our mission is to promote literacy among adults with the potential to increase their language skills in the following areas:

  • Speaking English

  • Reading English

  • Writing English


In order to accomplish this, we recruit, train, and support volunteers who serve as tutors. Through one-to-one and small group instruction, offered FREE of charge, we enable adults to achieve their personal, family, and job-related goals. 

What Do We Do?

Success Stories


Mario is one of those people working hard...



Tony is 60-year old American who dropped out of school at 15



Ernie, a new tutor, was matched with Tarek from Egypt ...



Winnie immigrated to the U.S. from China where she was...


LVSSC trains and supports community volunteers to be effective tutors of adults.  A learner-centered, flexible approach is used in the personalized tutoring of reading, writing, listening, and speaking English, both in

one-to-one and small group instruction. 


Real life communication is stressed in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with attention to both the student's speaking skills and their ability to listen and understand.  Progress is measured by increased life skills and reaching personal goals. 


Basic Literacy students learn to read and write using training materials appropriate for their skill level as well as everyday reading materials such as newspapers. A flexible approach to tutoring is designed to help individual learners in a manner appropriate to their learning styles, goals, and literacy proficiencies.

Venice Office

Literacy Office

Inside Venice Library

300 Nokomis Ave S

Venice, FL 34285 

(941) 861-1352 

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday       

10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

North Port Office

Literacy Office

Inside North Port Library

13800 S. Tamiami Trail

North Port, FL 34287

(941) 861-1300

Office Hours

Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wed. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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