Literacy Volunteers on the Green in New Milford will hold its annual celebration of literacy at the Kent Community House April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Jack Gilpin, noted actor of stage, screen and television and priest in Charge at St. John's Episcopal Church in New Milford, will be master of ceremonies.

The evening at the Route 7 North center will feature a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with live and silent auctions.

According to the 2010 census, as many as one out of 10 residents of this area is functionally illiterate in English.

The reasons vary. Some speak another language at home and never learned English; some speak only English but lack adequate reading and writing skills.

Established eight years ago to provide English as a second language tutoring, LVG has expanded its services to include basic literacy instruction for native English speakers, English instruction for non-native speakers, workplace literacy, citizenship test preparation, individualized services such as preparation for the driver's exam, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation required for individuals who want to enter a program of higher learning within the United States, programs in schools for non-English speaking families to help them better communicate with their children's teachers and support their children's learning, a college application mentoring program for high school students, and family literacy support.

The organization is proud of its outreach to the parents of students at Kent Center School and Hill and Plain and John Pettibone schools in New Milford.

That initiative began five years ago when Kent Center School opened its doors to LVG so that several volunteers might begin weekly classes teaching English to the parents of the school's children.

The program was such a success and the parents made such great strides in improving their English that in 2012, LVG and Kent Center School decided to try something new.

Seven of the parents being tutored began to volunteer in second-grade classrooms as reading buddies.

Sometimes English language instruction takes an unusual twist. Such is the case at New Milford High School, where LVG tutors help seniors master the college application process.

LVG also participates in Family Read, an initiative of the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Spring 2013 Family Read sessions will be held at JPS in New Milford and with Nurturing Families, an agency of the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association.

For more information, call the LVG at 860-355-0830 or visit