About Us


Our mission: provide free tutoring to adults in reading, writing and speaking English to strengthen our community, families, and the workforce.

LVSF was established in 1985 to provide free, quality tutoring services to adults seeking to improve their basic reading skills or to learn English as a Second Language. Since then, approximately 4,500 trained tutors have provided more than 475,000 hours of instruction to nearly 14,000 adults throughout Santa Fe County. This represents volunteer contributions equivalent of over $10 million.


Our student-centered tutoring programs focus on improving basic reading and writing skills, English language skills, building job skills, empowering parents to help their children succeed in school, and helping immigrants prepare for citizenship. Because of the great demand for literacy services in our area, the program now consists of over 160 volunteer tutors working with more than 400 students each year.

Literacy Volunteers has three primary programs of instruction:

Basic Literacy
Adults who struggle with basic reading, writing and math skills are matched with tutors who help to remove these hurdles. Students also have the opportunity to learn basic computer literacy skills in our open computer lab, which has reading, typing, and job readiness software.

English as a Second Language
Adults seeking to learn or improve their English skills are tutored in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Tutoring occurs in a variety of settings: individual, one-on-one sessions, small classes and workplace locations. By improving their English skills, students are able to improve their families’ quality of life by improving workforce skills and participating in the community.

The test to become a naturalized citizen requires applicants to be able to read, write and speak in English, and demonstrate knowledge of American history and civics. Tutors work with students to help them prepare for all components of the naturalization interview and test.


The 2010 Census indicates that 34% of adults in Santa Fe County are functionally illiterate and 32% speak only limited English. With more funding to support our small staff, more training tools, and with more trained tutors, we can serve many more adults and give them the important skills they need to improve their lives.

Our programs equip adults with the skills they need and they, in turn, strengthen the larger community with their improved literacy levels, employability, and increased civic participation. Your support can make a big difference to people who are seeking to improve their own lives.