Literacy Volunteers of Chautauqua County will be undergoing a number of changes beginning next month.
According to a news release sent to the OBSERVER, the agency will be discontinuing its cafe in the Chadwick Bay Lofts building, which is located at Second and Washington streets in Dunkirk. The agency also will be moving forward without its current executive director.
"We opened the 21 East Bookstore and Cafe as a way to increase awareness of our services, to enlarge our capacity to serve, and to offset significant cuts to the agency's operating budget. Although the project was well conceived and executed, additional challenges have forced the agency to downsize and restructure," the release stated.
"Beginning July 1, the (Literacy Volunteers) offices and bookstore will be located in the original 21 East bookstore and office area of the Chadwick Bay Lofts building, with an entrance on Washington Avenue. Hours for the office and bookstore will be Thursday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact information will remain the same at 716-366-4438, firstname.lastname@example.org. The agency will continue to look for students and tutors. Please contact the office if you are in need of or know someone in need of services, or would like to volunteer."
In addition, the agency said thank you to all tutors, volunteers, community partners, and patrons who have provided support to Literacy Volunteers and the cafe, especially Mary Ruge, Marty Wiser, and Minda Rae Amiran.
"It also thanks its departing Director, Amanda Walden, whose exemplary dedication to the aims of the organization and whose efforts on its behalf cannot be sufficiently commended. LVCC looks forward to continuing to offer adult literacy services to the local community as it has for 42 years."
Literacy Volunteers also announced that Buster Brown Bean Company, a cafe and bistro, will open its doors at the cafe location on July 3.
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