Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties (LVFSC) mission is to foster literacy, language development, and education among the adults in our communities who want to improve their literacy skills in order to reach their full potential. Literacy Volunteers also promotes English for Speakers of other languages and fosters literacy among children, teens and families. In 1975, LVFSC was organized in coordination with Franklin County Adult Basic Education (FCABE), under the direction of Claude Vachon. The first tutor training workshop was held in June 1975 with 13 participants. It was a " rebirth" of sorts because some of the trainees had already been trained, but it marked the beginning of a unique cooperation between FCABE and LVFSC. In 1978, the affiliate received the official "Certificate of Membership" from Literacy Volunteers of America. In 1997, due to our increased presence in Somerset County, we changed our name to Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties. Over the past 35 years literacy Volunteers has promoted itself and sought funding in a variety of ways, including United Way and foundation grants, bake sales, story camps and the ever-popular, annual book sale. At the national level, Literacy Volunteers of America, as organized by Ruth Colvin in 1962, was merged with Laubach Literacy International in 2002, into a new organization---Pro-Literacy Worldwide. There are some advantages to being associated with this global organization: purchasing discounts, publications and web resources which provide data for advocating and marketing. The goal of Pro-Literacy Worldwide is to strengthen the outreach and eventual impact of our local work.