Literacy Volunteers Gets Books Grant

Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County (LVTTC) on Thursday celebrated receiving a $990 National Book Fund grant from the ProLiteracy organization for adult workbooks. Literacy Volunteers, a local non-profit organization, received the books this week. ProLiteracy is the largest adult literacy and basic education organization in the nation. “We have some basic beginning books; we have books on how to be a tutor. This grant gives us the ability to have some materials that we didn’t have to buy. It would have cost us $1,000 plus shipping for these books,” said Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers. She had applied for the book grant in April. LVTTC receives no federal, state or local government monies to support its mission of offering free basic reading and math skills instruction, free GED preparation and GED test fee scholarships and free English-language tutoring to adults. Until 2006, LVTCC received between $15,000 and $18,000 from the City of Tifton and Tift County to provide  literacy services for the  community. “Because 30 percent of adults in Tift County lack a high-school diploma or a GED certificate, our community directly benefits from the services we offer,” Sayles said. “Support of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County helps to improve the quality of life where we work and live, and improves the local workforce.” The organization is seeking more volunteer tutors, and a tutor training workshop is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 20 at Southern Regional Technical College’s Tifton campus.  “We have the books; now we need to hear from the students and tutors,” Sayles said. Interested individuals may call 229-391-2527 or email  “What we are about is helping people change their lives,” Sayles said.
Source: Tifton Grapevine