Literary Volunteers of Delaware and Otsego Counties
Teaching Essential Skills

Who We Are

We Connect Students with Volunteer Tutors

Our Mission

Our mission is to change lives through literacy. We match volunteer tutors with motivated adults lacking the English or math skills to perform the everyday tasks that they need to be effective employees, parents, and citizens in American society. Literacy Volunteers of Otsego & Delaware Counties (LVODC) has worked towards our mission since our founding in 1974. LVODC’s free, tailored literacy support for adults and families increases literacy skills and enhances quality of life. Improved literacy benefits individuals, families, employers, and the community. Our vision is to be the leading partner in bringing people together to support and achieve 100% literacy in Otsego, Delaware, and Chenango Counties.  


Do you struggle to read to your grandchild, or help your children with their homework? Do you want to get your high school equivalency but need first to master basic math and reading? Are you a native speaker of a language other than English but want to get a job or an education that requires good English speaking, reading, and writing skills? We’re here to help!

If you are an adult aged 16 or over who would like to be tutored in one of our subject areas, or if you know an adult who would like weekly tutoring, contact Eva Davidson, our Program Coordinator, at, or call her at (607) 287-0036


We are overwhelmingly an organization powered by volunteers, whether they are tutors, office assistants, or Board members. Our volunteer tutors range from college students to retirees; many are retired teachers and professors, but teaching experience is not a requirement. What matters most are the passion and the commitment to share the power of reading with another adult. We offer training in tutoring basic English and math literacy and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to our tutors through both face-to-face and online sessions, and our library of materials at our office in Oneonta is available for reference and loan to active tutors.

There are other kinds of volunteering that support LVODC, including staffing the office, supporting a promotional campaign, and sponsoring or organizing a fundraising event. A few individuals apply their expertise in specific areas of education such as testing or special needs education by assisting the Program Coordinator with administering a particular wing or component of the program.

Program Coordinator


LVODC’s key staff member is our Program Coordinator, Eva T. Davidson. Eva began working for us in December of 2016 and quickly came up to speed on the varied and complex aspects of the organization.  A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Eva is—in addition to being an efficient administrator—a poet, lyricist, and past Lecturer in English who has taught Creative Writing part-time at Hartwick College. At LVODC, she is the initial and continuing point of contact for volunteers, students, partner organizations, and the general public. To learn more about any aspect of LVODC, contact Eva at, or call (607) 287-0036

Board of Directors

Kim Noling, President
Professor Emerita, Hartwick College

Thomas Beattie, Vice President
Professor Emeritus, Hartwick College

John Webb, Secretary
Director (ret.), Teacher Preparation Program, Princeton University

John M. Pontius, Jr., Treasurer
VP for Finance (ret.), Excelsior College

Regina Baker
(ret.) Hartwick College

Tina Winstead
Library Director, Huntington Memorial Library

Corinne Hahn
Teacher (ret.), Oneonta School District

James Havener Owner, Green Toad Bookstore

Jendy Murphy (ret.)Albany Public Library