Literacy Outreach running strong in Glenwood
I read with great dismay your article published on Wednesday, July 23 titled “Tutors in Literacy Outreach Pay Tribute to Their Students” which stated “. the parent program in Glenwood Springs disappeared.”
We would like everyone to know that Literacy Outreach is not only alive, but thriving. During the past year, Literacy Outreach earned national accreditation with Literacy Volunteers of America to become the first accredited literacy program in the state of Colorado and one of only 300 accredited programs nationally.
During our 17 years of literacy tutoring, we have served 1,145 students and have professionally trained 579 volunteer tutors who have generously donated 32,098 hours. The demand for our services continues.
During the last year we helped 120 adult students achieve their goals. Literacy Outreach, a local, nonprofit agency, continues to fulfill their mission of teaching essential literacy skills to adults. Through professionally-trained volunteer tutors, we provide free one-on-one instruction to adults with reading skills below the fourth-grade level.
Because the history of our programs was confused in the article, I would like to clarify the history of Literacy Outreach. A group of concerned citizens in Garfield County formed the Garfield County Task Force on Literacy in 1986. Working with the Garfield County Public Library System, these volunteers identified adults needing individualized literacy education and trained volunteers to teach them.
The task force was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization in 1988 and continued to operate as Garfield Adult Literacy. In 1995 a satellite office was set up in Basalt. In 1996 federal funding was cut. Literacy Outreach had to make program cuts, but was never in danger of closing their doors.
The Basalt program was one of the first programs cut from our budget. However, the Basalt Regional Library District board of directors decided to fund the Basalt position, thereby creating two literacy programs in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valley region.
In 1996, Literacy Outreach affiliated with CMC’s Department of Developmental Education to consolidate administrative functions, reduce costs, and ensure that services are not duplicated in Garfield County. In 1998, Garfield Adult Literacy changed its name to Literacy Outreach to better reflect its mission of outreach to the community and to show commitment to enhancing the entire family’s education.
Literacy Outreach continues the work of the original volunteer core, concentrating on adult literacy in Garfield County. If you would like to help, please call us at (970) 945-5282 or stop by and visit us in our office located in the basement of the Glenwood Springs Branch Library.
Literacy Outreach director
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