Who We Are
Lliteracy Volunteers Chippewa Valley (LVCV) is a community-based literacy organization that offers adults the opportunity to gain the skills they need to make a better life for themselves and their families. We do this by taking the time to understand the unique needs of each learner and tailoring our services specifically to them. Using real-world applications to teach our students, we help them better retain their skills, empowering them to achieve their personal goals. Our free services not only help the learners and their families, they enrich the entire Chippewa Valley community.
Our mission is to provide flexible literacy programs to help adults and their families reach their education, employment, and life goals.
Our goal is to help one individual, one family, and one community at a time and is realized through our core programs:
- Family Literacy,
- Workplace Education,
- Corrections, and
We were founded in 1986 by a group of citizens who recognized a critical need for literacy programming within Eau Claire County. Early in our 27-year history, we recognized the same critical need in Chippewa and Dunn Counties and expanded operations to serve the entire Chippewa Valley. Since that time, LVCV staff and hundreds of volunteers have worked with thousands of adults to earn a GED or HSED, learn English as a second language, read and write with understanding, obtain employment or get a better job, master new work skills, conquer basic math, and gain economic self-sufficiency.
Community support is at the heart of everything we do. Each of our volunteers is committed to improving people’s lives right in their own community. We are well connected to the other service and education providers in each community and meet regularly. For a full list of our partners click here.
What We Do
More than 10% of the 200,000 residents of the Chippewa Valley function at the lowest level of literacy, Level 1. An adult with Level 1 literacy skills often cannot perform daily tasks that many of us take for granted: reading the label on a prescription bottle, filling out a job application, totaling an entry on a bank deposit slip, or reading a simple story to a child. This inability to function in modern society is a significant cause of poverty for many Chippewa Valley families struggling to support themselves. 98% of the adults we serve live in poverty.
We start with individuals where they are. As individuals’ skills increase, they are better able to provide for their families. As they are better able to provide for their families, their families participate more productively in society. The impact of increasing individuals’ literacy skills ripples through the entire community. The local economic impact is also clear; for every $1 invested in a literacy organization, $33 is saved in support services and $11 is generated within the community by increased productivity. That is a gain of more than $40.
On June 23, 2009, Literacy Volunteers – Chippewa Valley was awarded accreditation by ProLiteracy for meeting the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs. We have been recognized nationally, regionally and at the state level as an exemplary literacy program. Past awards include: Advocacy Champion Award from the National Center for Family Literacy (2006); First Lady Jessica Doyle Award for Family Literacy (2005); Governor’s Workforce Innovation Award (2000); Literacy Volunteers of America Exemplary Practices Award (2000); and the 1998 Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Adult Education and Literacy Programs, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Current Board of Directors
President: Laurie Klinkhammer
Nodolf, Flory, LLP
Vice President: Leah Motschenbacher
Treasurer: Greta Heike
Secretary: Stacy Secker
Past President: Paul Kulig
BMO Harris Bank
LVCV Tutor & Learning Therapist
Volume One Magazine
Dr. Mary Ann Hardeback
Eau Claire Area School District
People's Bank Midwest
University Wisconsin - Eau Claire
Eau Claire Ford
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association