Literacy volunteersLiteracy Volunteers of Seneca County is a non-profit organization that offers one-to-one tutoring at no cost to adults seeking help to improve reading, writing or english language skills.

Call us at 539-1795 to find out more about the programs and volunteer tutor training available in your local community, be a volunteer tutor or become an adult student!

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Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County is an accredited affiliate of Literacy New York, Inc. We are proud of the commitment to attain literacy goals that is demonstrated by both students and tutors enrolled in our programs.



Literacy Volunteers 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations Chuck DeParde. Literacy Volunteers volunteer of the year. A truly dedicated tutor who truly cares about his students.

Kathy Sigrist named Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County

A volunteer tutor for eight years, Kathy Sigrist of Waterloo is now executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County. She succeeds Arline Marino of Waterloo, who is retiring after serving as executive director for 19 years. Sigrist said she was honored to be offered the position. "As a tutor, I am aware of the challenges and responsibilities of the position," she said. "After some careful soul-searching, I accepted the challenge to carry on the mission of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County and expand that mission to serve those around us and help improve their quality of life."

"Kathy has been a dedicated and successful Literacy Volunteers tutor for several years," said Ellen Hughes, president of the Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County's Board of Directors. "She understands and is committed to Literacy Volunteers and has the skills and energy to continue the excellent work of Arline Marino. We can't wait to work with her as she brings new life and energy to our program."

Sigrist is a graduate of Nazareth College. She worked five years as a teacher aide in the Waterloo school system before becoming a special education teacher in the Geneva city school district. She taught for 23 years in Geneva before retiring. Since then, Sigrist has been a tutor for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES for eight years and a high school equivalency teacher for Finger Lakes Community College another three years. She has been a community volunteer who has served as a 4-H leader for five years, she was a Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension board member, and has helped in various capacities on the annual Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day activities. A member of the Waterloo Rotary Club for 17 years, Sigrist is a past president and past literacy chairwoman, serving on the Rotary Literacy Committee for District 7120. In addition to tutoring people to read, she also helped students achieve their General Equivalency Degree diplomas.

Sigrist is the owner of Rudolph & Co. gift shop. She is married to Bill Sigrist, former owner of Nugent Hardware. They have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Erin..