Cornerstone Bank makes donation to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester

Donation of $2,500 will go towards providing adults English language skills

Cornerstone Bank has donated $2,500 to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester to support its mission to provide adults with the English language skills they need to thrive. For 48 years, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester has been providing one-to-one and small group English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutoring as well as literacy tutoring, and in recent years, adding online tutoring and independent learning.  

“In the greater Worcester area, 34% of households speak a language other than English at home,” said Cornerstone Bank CEO Todd Tallman. “Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester are doing amazing things by providing free ESOL education to adults within our community. The leadership, vision, and dedication of the Board of Directors are key to the organization’s success in serving constituents in the Worcester area. We are proud that members of our team volunteer their time for this organization and we support their goals any way we can.”

In just the past year, more than 100 volunteers and 12 part-time specialized ESOL teachers dedicated their time to helping 382 literacy students and more than 100 tutoring students learn to read, write and speak the English language. These students are immigrants and refugees representing 52 different countries and speaking 38 different languages.

“The free, flexible, and individualized support students get leads them in the right direction to achieve goals beyond English language proficiency including citizenship, employment, and further education,” continued Tallman. “We look forward to seeing Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester continue to create opportunities for people looking to succeed in our community.”