Volunteer Spotlight: Burt Levin

Burt Levin is a 4th generation attorney. He began his legal career in Maryland in 1983, and relocated to the Vail Valley in 1998. Burt is also a dedicated volunteer with The Literacy Project of Eagle County’s “Study Friends” program. The Study Friends Program is designed to help middle school students improve their reading, writing, math, and homework skills by pairing them with a trained adult volunteer tutor. Burt meets with his student weekly at Berry Creek Middle School.

“I help my student on his homework and also generally mentor him,” says Burt, who is now entering his 3rd academic year as a Study Friend. Like many volunteers who give back to the Eagle County community through The Literacy Project, Burt appreciates that volunteering is as much about personal growth as it is about providing support to a local student: “The most rewarding thing about being a Study Friend is establishing a personal relationship with the student that is based on mutual respect and mutual growth for both participants.”

When asked what literacy means to him, Burt translates the ability to read and speak well to personal freedom: “Literacy means an ability to get an education and get ahead in life. It also allows you to follow your interests and learn about what you want to learn about.”