Who We Are

Literacy Volunteers of Washington County is a nonprofit organization offering free literacy programs in reading, writing, and speaking English to adults in Washington County and Southeastern CT. Our focus is on helping adults at the lowest literacy levels. Our volunteers assist Adult Basic Education learners (native speakers of English) and English as a Second Language learners. 


Literacy Volunteers began as as Westerly Public Library outreach program in 1982. By 1988, LVWC had developed its own bylaws,
Board of Directors, and became incorporated. In 1991, LVWC received 501(c)3 nonprofit status.

Two New Directors

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At its Board Meeting on January 15, 2020, David R. Bailey and The Reverend Sunil Chandy were elected to the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County Board of Directors.

Bailey has been in nonprofit healthcare management for the majority of his career. He brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and development to the Board. Fr. Chandy is the pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Westerly. His involvement in community affairs and pastoral practice will be an asset to LVWC.

Bilingual Literacy Coordinator- Chinese

Ling Springer

Literacy Specialist

Barbara Petty Heuer


Literacy Specialist

Theresa Gregal


Executive Director

Mary Carol Kendzia






Robin E. Springborn



Karen Christian

Vice President


Janell Hayes Bruno



Stephen K. Lynner


David R. Bailey

Rev. Sunil Chandy

Anne Driscoll

Ellen Lynch

Jennifer Richins Mellen

Edwin L. Russell

Justin J. Stevenson    



Keri Brenner

Anne G. Earle

Mary Goodman          

Andrew Nathan

Tom Reycraft

Ardith Schneider

Jacquelyn Smith


Mary Carol Kendzia

Executive Director