We need YOU to help keep literacy alive in SWFL.
One donation at a time.
We are facing a critical cut to our funding. With nearly a third of our annual operating budget reduced due to COVID-19, we need your help to keep our doors open.
We have been serving SWFL for over thirty years. We have taught close to 40,000 students and have nearly 300 passionate tutors. Our value is imprinted in the hearts and minds of the men, women, and children who have become citizens, learned to communicate in English at work, pursued college degrees, and have come out of the isolation of not being able to speak fluently within their own communities.
You have stood by our work in this community and helped us give a vision to people who have been lost, lonely, isolated and marginalized.
Will you help us reach our goal of $180,000 and keep our doors open?
Graciela's Story - From no language to GED and soon College!
“My name is Grasiela. Growing up in Guatemala, I was raised by my grandmother and never sent to a day of school. Because of the lack of education I never learned to speak Spanish or English and relied on the dialect of my community to speak.
As an adult, I came to America in search of opportunities. I heard about the Literacy Council and it felt like a hug as I walked through the doors. I was home. They took the patience and time needed to teach me how to speak English, and I learned Spanish from the students at the Literacy Council.
Now, I can speak both Spanish and English fluently, I am pursuing my GED and have already passed my first exam. At one time I had three jobs and have saved enough to purchase my own vehicle and pass my driving test. My next goal is to apply and go to college.
The Council helped me to realize my dreams and pushed me to beat the odds that were stacked against me.
Will you consider a donation today to keep literacy alive in SWFL? Every donation makes a difference, and there are many stories like mine that you can be a part of.”
Questions? Get in touch with us. We would love to partner with you.
Due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our annual fundraising breakfast, which raises over $180,000 each year to support our programs. More recently, we lost critical funding that was reassigned to help families with essential services related to COVID-19.
Because of this sharp decline, we face a major challenge to keep our doors open. Our vision for the future remains the same. We desire to continue teaching and tutoring individuals and families for the next thirty-plus years. But, we need your support to make that happen.
Thank you for helping to keep literacy alive in SWFL.
You can place an online donation at the link below or contact us at (239) 676-5202.