Bank of America Supports Adult Literacy With $2,500 Grant

The Bank of America Foundation recently donated $2,500 to East Central Area Literacy Council. The donation will go toward the volunteer tutor training program. The East Central Area Literacy Council will use the grant funds to recruit and train volunteers to work with adults in the East Central College Adult Education and Literacy program.  The AEL program coordinated by ECC serves students who are learning English, need to complete their high school education, or prepare for college or career changes.  The Literacy Council also provides tutors for individuals who do not know how to read. Tutoring sessions are available at local libraries as well as AEL classrooms.

”Volunteer tutors are key to the success of our students who are learning to read and for immigrants to learn English. The individual attention and support provided to our students is invaluable,” said Pamela Kaiser, Volunteer Coordinator for the East Central Area Literacy Council.

The East Central Area Literacy Council began in November 2010 as a volunteer board of directors and assists the ECC Adult Education and Literacy program by recruiting and training volunteer tutors, raising awareness of the issues of illiteracy in the counties served, and receiving donations to purchase training materials, instructional materials, or other needs of the program.  In addition to Kaiser, other members of the Literacy Council include Steven Campbell, Diane Crowder, Diana Watkins, Gregory Gelles, Jackie Gilliam, Janece Martin, Jean Craft, Joan Morris, Kathryn Whyte, Dan Woodward, and Alice Whalen, Executive Director.

Two volunteer training sessions will be Monday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 10 in Rolla or St. James, and Thursday, May 11 and Tuesday, May 16 in Union, Missouri. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor with the East Central Area Literacy Council, please call Pam Kaiser at (636) 584-6788 or call (844) ECC-4AEL (844-322-4235). The literacy council also needs volunteers to serve on its board of directors.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations providing access to skills training, credentialing and education – regardless of gender, race, criminal record or disability – that will enable individuals to connect to jobs and develop a stronger financial future. Today, more than 48 million people are living in poverty and struggling to meet their needs while facing tough choices on where to place limited resources. Bank of America recognizes that basic needs must be met in order for families to advance along the economic continuum. In addition, access to education and job training are critical to lift people out of poverty, connecting them to tools that will help them build better lives.