ProLiteracy Co-Founder Wins Writing Award
The staff of ProLiteracy congratulates Ruth J. Colvin, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA), on her recent honor of winning first place in the 26th Annual Amy Foundation Writing Award for her essay “An Unforgettable Holiday.” The essay appeared in the Syracuse Post-Standard on Thanksgiving Day in 2010. The Amy Foundation Writing Award recognizes creative, skillful writing that applies in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical principles to issues affecting the world today.
Colvin’s essay describes the impactful experience she and her husband, Bob Colvin, had while visiting a nursing home on Thanksgiving. Colvin encourages others to reach out in a similar manner, to help fulfill a need at nursing homes in much the same way she filled a need in adult literacy more than 50 years ago.
Founded in 1962, LVA grew under Colvin’s direction to more than 400 programs in 33 states. This national network of community-based literacy programs provided adults the space and resources to learn how to read, write, and use math;to prepare for a GED;to learn to speak and read English; and to learn how to use computers. For her dedication to adult literacy, Colvin was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom,our nation’s highest civilian award, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2002, LVA merged with Laubach Literacy to form ProLiteracy.
ProLiteracy recently recognized Ruth J. Colvin by naming the Ruth J. Colvin Center for Innovation and Excellence in Adult Literacy in her honor.