Tonight staff celebrates our wonderful Craven Literacy Council tutors and volunteers at a traditional pasta dinner. It’s our turn to work for all the volunteers who themselves work so tirelessly to help adults in our community build better literacy skills.
Every year we all have fun on a special evening in September. Volunteers and guests (students, spouses, friends) enjoy camaraderie around the dining table filled with salad, pasta and dessert served up by CLC staff.
During dessert CLC staff acknowledges all volunteers for the hours they have given during the year, with special certificates going to those who have logged more than 100 hours in the year.
The National Coalition for Literacy marks National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week each year to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy. This year #AEFLWeek is September 21-26.
Life is the 21st century relies on technology, moves at the lightning speed of technology:
Job applications are online.
Teachers email home instructions to parents.
Doctors and hospitals keep electronic health records.
Retail coupons are sent to smartphones.
Imagine navigating your daily life with low literacy skills!
Too many adults in our community and across our nation lack the skills they need to get and keep a job, support their families, and succeed in life. Improved literacy can change lives. Here at Craven Literacy Council we offer free, confidential, individualized instruction to adults of Craven County who want help with reading, writing, computing and using technology. We work everyday to put more people on the path to self-sufficiency and success.
Nonprofits provide 1 out of 10 jobs in North Carolina by employing more than 400,000 people. Only the retail trade, manufacturing, and accommodation and food services industries are larger than the nonprofit sector. Nonprofit employees’ incomes are put back into the economy in the form of income, sales and property taxes, and homes and consumer goods.
Add the services provided by the approximately 2.5 million people who volunteer in NC nonprofits, and the impact is truly profound. From arts to education and more, the needed and valuable services provided by workers in the nonprofit sector enhance the fabric of NC communities.
We celebrate and support literacy every day because we are, after all, Craven Literacy Council. Today, September 8, 2015, is International Literacy Day–a day when the whole world takes special note of the importance of literacy.
UNESCO proclaimed International Literacy Day on November 17, 1965 to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Strong skills in reading, writing, computing and using technology are the prerequisite for individuals to learn a broader set of knowledge, attitudes and values necessary for living productive lives in today’s communities.
Encourage an adult who does not read well to come see us for free, confidential help. Talk to us about tutoring opportunities. Get involved and help us stamp out low literacy.
Craven Literacy Council joined 22 other local nonprofits on Monday, August 24, to accept a grant from the Craven County Community Foundation. An affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation, the Craven County Community Foundation, awarded grants totaling $115,630 this year.
A proud recipient of grants from the foundation for a number of years, Craven Literacy Council will use the grant to support our adult literacy programs.