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In 2010, the KLC launched the Everyone Needs To Read Adult Literacy Initiative, a campaign designed to promote our suite of FREE services to help adults throughout Kalamazoo County who struggle to read. Programs focused on strengthening reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension skills for native English speakers and English Language Learners. And now, access to quality adult literacy services is needed now more than ever.

Through our Virtual Learning Center (VLC) and by supporting volunteer tutors we are proud to provide services during this time of unprecedented need. Read on for more on the VLC and the 10 Years, 10 Voices, 10 Days celebratory campaign.  


The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly posed many challenges for our organization. Fortunately, we have been very successful in transitioning our learners to the KLC’s Virtual Learning Center (VLC). We are now offering the following classes: Writing, four English as a Second Language classes, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFLⓇ), Citizenship, Job Opportunity and Basic Skills (JOBS), and Health Literacy, in addition to self-paced GED-preparation sessions and a book club. Our navigators are tirelessly working to help learners connect with their tutors virtually so they can continue to learn. The KLC has also established a Laptop Loaning Program that provides laptops and access to Wi-Fi for learners who need help bridging the digital divide. Our staff is working from home and is providing critical services, such as helping people file for unemployment, connecting to community resources that remove barriers, responding to the U.S. Census, and remaining engaged in our learning services. 


Our Impact

Thanks to the generosity of contributors like you, the KLC is making a real impact on adult literacy. Over the past year, more than 750 learners received literacy and language services. This year, the KLC is making a special effort to help parents become more engaged in their children’s learning through our Parent Literacy Program. A multi-generational class will be offered through the VLC. We will also continue to provide Workforce Literacy instruction to learners who want to improve their job skills. The KLC’s Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, and Computer classes will improve the well-being of every household served with support from a faculty of more than 200 trained volunteers.


Gilmore Foundation 1:1 Match 

We recognize there are numerous needs in our community right now. We hope that if you are able and willing to support our cause that you will join our effort to engage our learners during these difficult times. This year, thanks to the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, new contributions or increased contributions from last year will be matched dollar-for-dollar. We encourage you to make a gift to the 2020 Everyone Needs to Read Annual Campaign and help us take advantage of this wonderful gift.

Thank you for helping to provide access to quality literacy services to adults in our community.

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10 years, 10 voices, 10 days

Allisa Chamberlin, 2020 – 2021 Board President 

There is nothing more rewarding for the  KLC than to see the impact we make in our community and in the lives of the learners we serve. Starting September 14, 2020, we’ll be celebrating our 10 year anniversary with 10 voices from community leaders, partners, tutors, and friends over 10 days. Click the video to hear from Allisa Chamberlin, our board president, who helps kicks things off and stay tuned for more accolades. 

We are forever grateful to our community for your support, as well as our tutors and learners for all your hard work! 

Ron Kitchens, CEO Southwest Michigan First 

“I’m looking forward to another decade of amazing impact and families’ lives changed because the Kalamazoo Literacy Council believes in the power of reading.” 

Click the video to hear more of Ron’s powerful personal testament to literacy and his advocacy of the KLC.

Jim Edwards, Vice President Residential Services, KPEP 

“I have long been a KLC advocate, from serving as a Board Member, Past President and currently sitting on the Finance Committee. 2020 represents significant milestones for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. 

Congratulations on 10 years of the Everyone Needs to Read Initiative. It is this initiative that has driven strategic board and agency planning decisions to expand reach, invest in the community, and implement best practices. The impact on individuals, families, and the community is truly remarkable. A more literate community is a more thoughtful, vibrant and thriving community. The KLC has certainly assisted Kalamazoo in being just that. 

This is also the 10 year anniversary of KLC Executive Director Michael D. Evans. The growth, adaptation, and progress would not be possible without Michael and his vision. From day one, Michael has embraced the mission while never slowing down. Michael’s leadership and compassion for the students has led to the Kalamazoo Literacy Council being the gold standard. 

Congratulations to Michael and the KLC on these anniversaries.”

 

Dave Campbell, Kalamazoo RESA Superintendent  

Click the video to hear from Dave Campbell, KRESA superintendent, as he shares his thoughts on how the KLC helps ensure literacy becomes part of a family’s lifestyle. 
 
Thank you for considering a donation to our 2020 annual campaign! 
 

Lyda Stillwell, Volunteer Tutor and Assessor

“In 2001, I became a tutor for the KLC  and shortly after, joined the small governing group. At that time, the governing group was without an office or staff, yet took on all of the adult literacy responsibilities such as the care and distribution of the free tutoring books, tutor training, and the matching of tutors with learners. They also took on the difficult task of educating the greater community about the Literacy Council and its mission. At that time, even the word ‘literacy’ was uncommon. We knew the KLC needed to grow in every way!

Through a grant, a planning specialist was obtained and many weeks were devoted to dreaming, thinking, and planning. The result was the hiring of the first Director  – Michael Evans. Through Michael’s efforts, a strong support foundation was established and the Council created a headquarters, a staff, a Board, and a broad network of community members.

Its newly created mission and vision was ‘Enhance the lives of adults by improving their reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension skills.  Empower adults to reach their full potential.’ This intention and commitment is a beacon to countless adults.”

 

 

 

 

In Kalamazoo County, more than 25,000 adults struggle to read.

 

 

 

 

Every Contribution makes a difference

  • $75 provides training materials and workbooks for one tutor and one student.
  • $150 provides annual subscriptions (newspapers, books, and magazines) for 10 adult learners.
  • $300 trains three volunteer tutors to begin literacy instruction.
  • $750 provides scholarships for 10 tutors or instructors to attend training workshops to sharpen their skills.
  • $1,000 funds the annual costs for materials, assessments, and instruction for 10 adult learners.
  • $2,500 funds the books and supplies for a Community Literacy Center that can serve 25 learners annually.
  • $5,000 funds the online academic instruction and in-class tutoring support for 50 adult learners annually.

Supporting tutor and student needs

The KLC provides free books and supplies to students and tutors so everyone who wants to learn how to read has the materials needed to take that very important step. Each tutor/student matched pair uses $100 annually in books and supplies. 

$20,000

will be used to support 200 matched pairs.

Working Together

More than 30 organizations are working together as part of the Adult Literacy Collaboratives (ALC) of Kalamazoo County to ensure every adult has the educational level and skills to be succesful at work, at home, and in the community. This groups unites adults education, workforce development, literacy service providers, business, and other organizations to support he cause of adult literacy and is convened monthly by the KLC. 

$2,500

will be used to support the ALC.

Funds will support Parent Literacy Programs.

Workforce Development

Everyone needs to read to get a job. The JOBS Program strengthens critical literacy skills for the workplace.

Early Childhood Ed

Everyone needs to read to help their children learn. 228 parents study with the KLC and our "Parent Literacy Together" class helps parents and children can both enjoy learning.

Healthcare

Everyone needs to read to manage their health. Our "Read and Seed" Health Literacy Course helps learners make healthier decisions for their families.

All learners should have access to quality literacy services that empower them to reach their goals.

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