Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Volunteers needed to continue adult literacy program in Union Co.

Common Heart is spearheading efforts to continue adult literacy tutoring following the recent closure of the Literacy Council of Union County ... and we need YOUR help!

An interest meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Community Shelter of Union County, 160 Meadow Street, in Monroe. We're looking for input from the community including past volunteers, tutors and just anyone else who wants to help other adults learn to read! We will be forming a steering committee.  RSVP to LiteracyVolunteers@CommonHeart.org or call Keith Adams at 704-218-9060. 

“Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring is critical in our community and needs to continue,” said Keith Adams, Executive Director of Common Heart. “We’re going to support the continuation of this important mission however we can. We’re looking to partner with individuals, churches and other organizations to keep the mission going. This is a group effort.”

Kelly Norton, a former executive director of the Literacy Council, said until you meet an adult who can’t read you don’t realize just how important literacy is.  

“Literacy impacts every part of a person’s life,” she said. “Every day we read street signs or a note from our child’s teacher without thinking about it. But for so many of our neighbors, reading is a life line.” 

Literacy Council co-founder and former director Linda Moyer has been working and volunteering in literacy since 1983 and was key to the Council’s founding in 1998. She’s hopeful that the work will continue in Union County and says she believes in the mantra: “If you can read, you can teach someone to read.”

“Other than the ability to read, a volunteer needs no special skills. A great literacy volunteer just has patience and the desire to help a neighbor,” Moyer said. “We need volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who have a passion for adult literacy.”

For more information about volunteering or joining the steering committee, email: LiteracyVolunteers@CommonHeart.org or call Keith Adams at 704-218-9060.  We hope you can join us! PLEASE SHARE this meeting with anyone you think may be interested!