2016 Fall Boomerang
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Fall 2016
Voter Registration
On October 12th, LVGH held a public voter informational and registration event. Joan Gibson, a representative from the Secretary of the State's office, was on site to answer students' questions about the voting process for the upcoming election.

Over thirty people gathered to learn about Connecticut's rules and regulations while another eight were able to register for the first time. Ms. Gibson encouraged attendees to "vote like your life depends on it, because it does." For many of our students, past and present, this is the first major election in which they can participate. The Hartford Courant stopped by and gave some of our students a chance to voice their opinions. See what they had to say here.

Several classes have been taking part in active discussions revolving around the current political climate in the United States, each weighing in on the pros and cons of the candidates and issues at hand. During election week, LVGH will be holding a mock election so that all of our students will have the chance to vote. 

For more information about the upcoming election, please visit the CT Secretary of the State's website.

Holiday Wish Lists!
Our Career Pathways Program is well underway and we are getting ready to kick-off our third ServSafe Certification class this November. Our partnerships with Sodexo and Foodshare allow our cooking program to have access to main meal components (e.g. meats, pasta, and rice) but none of the basics. We are currently conducting a food drive to collect items such as sugar, salt, butter and much more. Check out our wishlist here and stop by either literacy center to drop off items.

Are you getting ready to move? Do you have unwanted items you are looking to get rid of? If so, you are invited to donate gently-used clothing and household items to LVGH's First Annual Community Tag Sale being held on November 16. Please bring items to LVGH between November 10-16. All goods collected through the Community Tag Sale will be sold to Savers Thrift Store to help keep their shelves stocked for the upcoming holiday season. For a list of qualifying items that can be donated please click here.

For more information on either drive, please call
Literacy & Libations
Literacy Volunteers hosted its first annual happy hour event this past September. Tutors, donors, staff, and even a few students gathered at Salute in downtown Hartford to celebrate and support LVGH.
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It was a beautiful evening to mingle on the patio with fellow supporters. LVGH raised just under $1,500 from the event. All proceeds collected from admission and the silent auction went towards supporting LVGH. Special thanks to Salute Restaurant for graciously hosting and providing all of the food. Everyone had a great time and we can't wait to do it again next year.
Interested in volunteering to help change students' lives? Visit our website,, to check out available positions and to fill out an application. Our last term saw record sign ups. So what are you waiting for? You'll be amazed at what you get back when you give your time.
*The deadline to sign up for the next tutor training is December 16th.
2015-2016 Annual Report

We invite you to review everything we accomplished this past year!
Our 8th Annual Read.Learn.Grow Gala will be held April 1st at Farmington Gardens!

For sponsorship opportunities or silent auction donations, please contact Katie Reaves,
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"I’m from Togo, West Africa. I completed technical high school in my country, and I worked as an electrician in a factory there. I came to the U.S. in November 2015, and I live together with my wife. I’m studying English seriously, because I need to learn the language well for several reasons: to carry on a conversation more easily, to integrate with my new community, and to be able to go to a school to learn more about electrical work, because I like this career and want to get a good job and provide for myself and my family."

- Pascual, ESOL Student
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