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Adult Literacy Receives United Way Grant

December 7, 2011

The Adult Literacy Center (ALC) has been awarded a $41,800 grant from United Way of Central Iowa. This grant will be used to increase the Center’s capacity to serve a growing numbers of low-literate adults who are striving for family-sustaining employment. More and more adults enroll in the ALC because they want to read and write well enough to get a GED, to enroll in training and to get a good-paying job. Anne Murr, Adult Literacy Center Coordinator, reports that enrollment has increased by over 40% in the past 5 years. “The Center needs to be able to serve more of the 30% of Central Iowans who lack functional literacy. We are delighted that United Way has chosen to invest in the lives of adults who are improving their lives through literacy.”

Volunteers work one-on-one with an assigned adult learner. Last year over 100 volunteers tutored 111 adults, mainly native English speakers, who lack basic literacy skills. Volunteers attend 9 hours of orientation in multi-sensory, structured instruction and experience many personal benefits from tutoring. “It is enjoyable to be part of the process of someone learning. It is rewarding to see tangible results as a result of my student’s hard work and intelligence.”

For more information about the Adult Literacy Center and to download a Volunteer Application, go to the Adult Literacy website.

The next Tutor Orientation will be:
Friday, Jan. 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and
Saturday, Jan. 21, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(dates tentative, pending final room assignments)