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.

United Way of Phelps County Adds Literacy Council to List of Program Partners for 2017

united-way-logoThe United Way of Phelps County recently added the East Central Area Literacy Council to its list of program partners for 2017.

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.

United Way and East Central Area Literacy Council Representatives
East Central Area Literacy Council board member, Dan Woodward; executive director, Alice Whalen; and vice-president, Diane Crowder, with Teri Beaugard, United Way Executive Director. Photo credit, United Way of Phelps County

”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 Alice Whalen, Executive Director from 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 Whalen, other members of the Literacy Council include Steven Campbell, Jean Craft, Diane Crowder, Gregory Gelles, Jackie Gilliam, Janece Martin, Joan Morris, Diana Watkins, Kathryn Whyte, and Dan Woodward.

United Way of Phelps County is a locally run chapter of the United Way Worldwide umbrella organization. Each United Way operates independently and is locally governed. A volunteer Board of Directors oversees our strategic direction and steers our financial decisions.

The United Way of Phelps County raises funds through workplace campaigns, community supported events and individual donors. During the more than 50 years United Way of Phelps County has been part of the community; many thousands of individuals have contributed to United Way.

United Way was built on the belief that together, we can accomplish more than any individual or organization can alone.We help and collaborate with local nonprofit agencies, providing financial, volunteer and advocacy support, and we review these agencies each year to ensure they do the best possible work in the community.

Archer Daniels Midland Grant Supports Volunteer Recruitment and Training

Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $1,500 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 tudscf9188tors 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 Alice Whalen, Executive Director from 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 Whalen, 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, and Dan Woodward.

Two volunteer training sessions will be held in Rolla on Thursday, December 15, 2016 for individuals interested in becoming volunteer tutors. The first will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church of Rolla at 801 N. Cedar St. and another session in the evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at East Central College in Rolla on Forum Dr. Call 573-719-1323 for session locations and to register as a volunteer. The literacy council also needs volunteers to serve on its board of directors.

The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

 

East Central Area Literacy Council Receives National Book Fund Grant

Grants for educational materials

The National Book Fund makes grants for educational materials to adult literacy and adult basic education programs to help teach adults to read.logo_proliteracy

Before ProLiteracy established theNational Book Fund (NBF), literacy programs that couldn’t afford to buy books for students and instructors simply did without them. Students shared worn-out books with other students. Instructors used cast-off books, outdated resources, and photocopies during lessons. But today, with the help of NBF, we’re changing all that.

In 1995, using only donated funds, the NBF began providing local literacy programs throughout the United States with New Readers Press books and other educational materials.As a result of this grant, the East Central Area Literacy Council will be able to provide the following books for English language classes offered in partnership with East Central College Adult Education and Literacy:

3 teacher’s guides and CDs with 10 student textbooks each – Citizenship: Passing the test
3 copies – 101 American English Idioms
20 sets of the following 32 page booklets with teacher’s guide and CD with activities:
Black Widow Beauty
Danger on Ice
No Way to Run
Empty Eyes
Mystery Quilt
Kula’I Street Knights
The Ritual
The Experiment
75 Cent Son
Empty Eyes
The Very Bad Dream

Alice Whalen, executive director for the East Central Area Literacy Council, stated, “These resources will be a helpful addition to our English language classes. Students will be able to participate in reading groups to enhance both their listening and speaking skills.”