Literacy Volunteers of Bangor’s History

Literacy Volunteers has a long and proud history.  In 1969, we became the first Literacy Volunteer program in Maine and the first outside the movement’s birthplace in upstate New York. 

Church Women United of the Bangor Brewer AreaIt all began in a women’s club with a long name and big ideas: Church Women United of the Bangor Brewer Area. The group became aware that many adults struggle to read. They learned about the pioneering work being done by Ruth Colvin in Syracuse, New York.  Sister Mary Benigna, a Catholic nun, and Agnes Beckwith, a retired teacher who was Baptist, went to New York to take the training. Their energy and cooperation got things started. 

The rest, as they say, is history. And how we’ve grown! Today, a tiny staff with low overhead and over 300 well-trained volunteers serve several hundred students every year. As long as there is a need, Literacy Volunteers of Bangor will be here. Why not stop by and see what we offer?