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:

  • Tutoring,
  • Family Literacy,
  • Workplace Education,
  • GED,
  • Corrections, and
  • Citizenship.
All programs employ tutoring provided by trained and supported volunteer tutors. We have offices in Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire counties. LVCV is classified as a tax exempt, 501(c)3 non-profit organization. To request information regarding tax exemption, please send an email to info@lvcv.org.  For more information about the organization, see our latest annual report.

Our History

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.

Our Partners

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.

National Accreditation

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
  CCF Bank

  Treasurer: Greta Heike
   Wipfli LLP

  Secretary: Stacy Secker
  Wipfli LLP

  Past President: Paul Kulig
  BMO Harris Bank

  Michael Ahrens
  US Bank

  Barb Anderson
  LVCV Tutor & Learning Therapist

  Carlton Brumbelow
  JAMF Software

  Drew Duggan
  JAMF Software

  Tom Giffey
  Volume One Magazine

  Dr. Mary Ann Hardeback
  Eau Claire Area School District

  Terri Hoepner
  Spectrum Reach

  Larry Jolivette

  People's Bank Midwest

  Marianne Klinkhammer
  Retired Educator

  Lori Krings
  Xcel Energy

  Sue Lane
  Workforce Resource

  Allyson Loomis
  University Wisconsin - Eau Claire

  Keena Mohr
  Eau Claire Ford

  Lisa Patrow
  HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

  Pa Thao
  Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association