The mission of Blue Ridge Literacy is to support achievement of life goals by providing opportunities to strengthen literacy skills to adults in western Virginia.
Blue Ridge Literacy
706 South Jefferson Street
Roanoke, Virginia 24016
Blue Ridge Literacy offers training for people interested in volunteering to improve an adult learner’s life through literacy. Volunteers can work with a single learner, several one-on-one matches, small groups, or class settings. (Check out our schedule of current classes!) Adult learners are in either the Basic Literacy (BL) program for native-born English speakers, or the English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program for immigrants and refugees. Classes and groups are formed based on similar goals (GED testing, citizenship preparation, and Virginia Placement Test study groups, for example) or country of origin. Often, we do offer multi-cultural groups if we have a volunteer up to the challenge!
Blue Ridge Literacy is located in the Roanoke City Main Library in Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke. Our office is on the third floor, opposite the Brody Room. Upon entering the library, go to the second floor using the stairs or elevator. Once you are on the second floor, walk to the back of the library past the reference desk. Use the elevator at the back of the library to reach our office on the third floor.
Library staff will be happy to help you find our office!
Parking: Two-hour free parking is available in front of the library on Jefferson Street. Visitors may also use the free one- and two-hour parking spaces on the side of the library on Bullitt Avenue. There is a self-pay parking lot on the west side of Jefferson at the rate of $2 per hour, or $6 all day.
Directions to the BRL office may be found using Google Maps.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Executive Director: Russ Merritt - email@example.com
Program Manager: Stephanie Lohmann - firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Manager: Robin Allison - email@example.com
If you are interested in learning more about Blue Ridge Literacy or in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 540-265-9339.