Citizen's Spotlight: Kim Payne - Director Of Literacy Volunteers

Name:  Kim Payne

Family: Husband - Jim Payne; daughter - Wendy; son-in-law - Adam; step-son - James; step-daughter - Sarabeth; grandchildren - Gwen, Reid, & Isabelle

Title/Profession:  Director, Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, history, movies; Jim and I are sci-fi fans, and we especially love old, campy science fiction. 

What qualities of your mother and father influenced you the most?  I was impressed by my  mom and dad's stories about growing up- they  are both amazing storytellers.  They instilled in me the importance of family, and of family history, and encouraged me to read, and to be creative.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? To trust in God and not in myself.  I make mistakes; God doesn't.

What is something you are really proud of? I’m proud of my children and grandchildren.  They are wise, wonderful, caring, and full of surprises.  They are a huge blessing and gift from God, and I love them.

What does your organization do and what area does it cover?  Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County offers free tutoring to adults, teens, and children in Harrison County.  We have tutors who are certified through Literacy Volunteers of America, in reading and/or English as Second Language, and Homework Help tutors, who volunteer in three free Homework Help programs: Clarksburg, Nutter Fort, and Salem. We hope to start one in Shinnston this fall.  Our programs help people learn to read better.  Many adults come to LVHC to improve their reading skills because they want to obtain better jobs.  We also offer basic computer instruction and ESL tutoring.

How can readers contact your organization?  They can come to the office, 104 East Main Street, in Clarksburg, call 624-0533, or email us at [email protected].  They can also visit the website at www.lvhc.org.

Is there anything else you would like to add?  We need volunteers for both tutoring and Homework Help.   Training is free, and Homework Help volunteers don't need training; high school students would be wonderful.