Giving Tuesday: Support Adult Literacy
Posted by Jessica Gilmour on December 03, 2019 in categoryWomen's EmpowermentcategoryAdvocacy

This Giving Tuesday support ProLiteracy

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global movement that occurs on social media every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to inspire people to give. On Giving Tuesday people are encouraged to help create a better tomorrow by donating to charities and causes they celebrate to improve their communities. ProLiteracy is participating in Giving Tuesday to raise funds for the new Mobile Learning Fund and the National Book Fund to provide literacy resources for learners across the country.

“The Mobile Learning Fund is a new program that expands access to resources through technology as a way to supplement learning. “I’d love to get to a place where everyone has the basic skills they need to function every day. If someone cannot physically get to a class, we need to give them other options. I supported the Mobile Learning Fund to give students access to mobile-based learning. Mobile-based learning has a wider reach, which in turn effects more people in need. As someone who works in education and technology, I know the power it can have and want to drive more people into having that power.” 

—Maria Bartoszewicki, ProLiteracy Board Member

For 25 years, the National Book Fund has provided adult literacy and basic education programs with educational materials to help teach adult learners to read. Each donation puts literacy resources directly in the hands of adults across the country through grants distributed to learning programs.

Here is a student story provided by one of our grant recipients.

Charlene Coleman, a woman in her mid-40s, had been waiting for CAPCO (Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc.) Getting Ahead Adult Education Program in Cortland, NY, to launch an adult education program. She is on disability and is a volunteer in the agency’s free clothing department.

Coleman meets with a tutor once a week and continuously improves her reading using the Challenger series and News for You, which the program received through the National Book Fund. She sees the value in the program and helps recruit others who may also benefit from it. 

Because of the program, Coleman has been able to make progress toward her goals, including taking on a managing role with the agency’s free clothing department, and reading to children while their parents browse the clothing.  


One gift can provide a book or a digital app for a learner, donate today!


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