about lvep

Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle (LVEP) is based in Martinsburg, West Virginia, with an office provided by the Martinsburg Berkeley County Public Library. LVEP helps adults improve their basic literacy skills in reading, writing, and numeracy, and, for community members whose first language is not English, provides access to English language instruction.

For more than 30 years, LVEP has offered tutoring in basic literacy and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) in both one-on-one and small-group environments, based on availability. Services are provided free of charge by volunteer tutors, who are trained to Literacy West Virginia and ProLiteracy America standards.
LVEP’s tri-county literacy project serves Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County adults who need to develop or improve basic literacy skills, including those individuals for whom English is not their first language. Tutoring outcomes focus on basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes that empower students, often low-income, to function well in their families, communities, and workplaces.

Clients served represent, for example, individuals who

  • do not understand written medication directions;
  • have difficulty completing a job application;
  • require basic skills improvement to achieve a West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma;
  • need assistance to mitigate life-long or injury-related learning disability effects; and
  • do not have a bank account or understand how to maintain one.


LVEP receives client referrals from local agencies such as the three county school boards; RESA 8 (Head Start); the Department of Health and Human Resources; and county and regional adult education programs: Berkeley, Jefferson, Morgan Counties and James Rumsey Technical Institute.

Area-specific Programs

Berkeley County

Numeracy and reading tutoring is offered in both adult education centers, Lutz Avenue and James Rumsey Technical Institute. Individuals must be registered at the adult education centers to receive services. Call the adult education centers for days and times.

Jefferson County

In Charles Town, LVEP provides advanced ESOL classes that concentrate on reading, writing, pronunciation, and advanced English grammar. The goal is to improve English reading, writing, and speaking fluency, and thereby upgrade employment qualifications, especially for those individuals with professional experience. Advanced ESOL classes are offered each week at the Jefferson County Adult Learning Center, 202 East Liberty Street, Charles Town, West Virginia. Call 304-264-0298 for the class schedule.

In mid-2004, LVEP took over operation of the Open Door Literacy Council in Charles Town. In July 2010, Charles Town Open Door/LVEP moved to a new venue at the Jefferson County Adult Learning Center, 202 East Liberty Street, Charles Town, West Virginia. Call 304-264-0298 for group tutoring schedule.

Morgan County

LVEP provides a volunteer instructor and laptops for a computer literacy class offered through the Morgan County Senior Center. Call 304-264-0298 for more information.

One-on-one tutoring is available at the Morgan County Public Library on a tutor availability-, appointment-only basis. Call 304-264-0298 for more information.