Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County (LVSSC) was founded in 1982 by Eleanor Byrnes. It is affiliated with Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. now known as Pro-Literacy Worldwide founded by Ruth Colvin in Syracuse, NY in 1962. Our mission is to change the lives of adults with low literacy skills in English through active one on one tutoring. We have students from over 47 countries including, our own, the USA. Currently we have over 175 Tutors and over 325 students. As there is more demand from ever growing immigrant population we do need more volunteer tutors. We also offer weekly classes for those who prefer learning with a group.
Paddy is the Vice President and Board member at the Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County (LVSSC). He worked in the Pharmaceutical industry in various capacities in Sales, Marketing, Business development and Alliance Management before he retired in 2015. Paddy is also an active member and President of Venice Lions club. He wife, Latha, is a retired Registered Nurse. They have two daughters, Asha and Tina. Paddy and Latha make their home in Venice, FL.
Paddy joined LVSSC in 2016 and has been a member on the board and their speaking program coordinator. In his words, “I love volunteering at LVSSC where many of the initial founding members are still active and an inspiration to the new volunteers like me”. ”It is a rewarding experience as not only are the students benefitted, through their learned use of the Literacy skills, the community and the country at large is benefitted as well.
BPWEV meets every third Tuesday of each mnth at the Plantation Golf and Country Club. The public is invited to all meetings. Dinner is $28 and reservations are necessary.