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Harrison Community Learning Center received a Community Grant award today from United Way. The funding will enable us to expand our award winning ESL (English as a Second Language) program. Many thanks to United Way for helping us to continue to help our English Language Learners, and for working with Harrison County organizations to build a stronger community.

The photo is from Many thanks to WDTV, WBOY, and the Exponent Telegram for promoting United Way and all of our local organizations that benefit from their support - including HCLC.

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Harrison Community Learning Center (Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County) recently honored student Anna Howard with a certificate of achievement.  Howard came to the Center five years ago stating that she wanted to learn to read. 

Since then, she has worked diligently with her tutor, Sherri Whalen, to achieve her goal. 

Howard called the Learning Center often to say, "Thank you for teaching me to read, and for giving me the best teacher!"

"Anna has been a pleasure to tutor," Whalen said. "Her intense desire to learn to read was a motivating factor to both of us.  She inspired me, and I am glad I had the chance to help her progress towards her goal."

Pictured left to right:  Tutor Sherri Whalen and new reader Anna Howard



Download the Volunteer Application as a Microsoft Word Document or a PDF​.

General Volunteering

LVHC's greatest asset is the dedicated grou​p of volunteers who donate their time and energy to help others in their thirst for lifetime learning. Your help is important for this service to continue in our community. Even an hour a week could change someone's life. There is no cost to you for the training.

If you have any ​questions, do not hesitate to contact the office by phone, in person, or email. 
LVHC is always looking for volunteers – including high school and college students - to volunteer with Homework Help. LVHC tracks tutor/student hours, so your volunteer hours count toward service hours for graduation. It also looks impressive on resumes and scholarship applications.​​

We offer Free Tutoring for adults, teens, and Children. We also offer free Homework Help at Clarksburg Library on Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:30 PM.

Make a difference in someone’s life – be a volunteer, or make a donation to LVHC.

​English as a Second Language (ESL)

Imagine you have come to this country to start a new life. First, there is the immigration process. Then you have to find somewhere to live, go to school, or get a job. Now imagine that you can’t speak the language. Being unable to communicate effectively makes it all the more difficult, doesn’t it?

Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County (LVHC) offers individual tutoring in English as Second Language (ESL), as well as a small ESL class.  We also offer free ESL tutor workshops every few months; they are taught by our regional coordinators from Literacy West Virginia. But even before training, our volunteers can engage the students in conversation so that they can practice their English, and have someone explain to them about words or concepts that they do not understand. You don’t have to know their language; they are learning English. We have materials to help both the student and the tutor communicate during the lesson.

If you would like to be a volunteer tutor in ESL – or in reading, math, computer, GED, or Homework Help – please call us at 304-624-0533 or email us at

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