CALENDAR

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ABOUT US

The Greater Aurora Area Literacy Coalition is a group of organizations who share these goals:

  • Promote literacy awareness
  • Publicize literacy services in the area
  • Create opportunities for partnerships among providers

The coalition consists of the following organizations:

  • Wayside Cross Ministries
  • Dominican Literacy Center
  • Adult Literacy Project – Waubonsee Community College
  • Family Focus-Aurora
  • Hesed House
  • World Relief-Aurora
  • Aurora Public Library

Here is our history:

The need for Literacy and English as a Second Language education services in the Greater Aurora Area is great. Over time, social service organizations and educational institutions have energetically responded to this need in our communities. Many of the programs and services provided are fueled by volunteers, under the direction of the various entities.

In November 2008, a group of leaders from these various organizations met at Waubonsee Community College, under the leadership of Sherry Woodward of the Adult Literacy Project, to plan an event thanking area volunteers, especially literacy volunteers, for their hard work and dedication. The event was enthusiastically attended and it was energizing for the volunteers. It included in-service trainings, informative speakers, a luncheon and a silent auction. The annual event was repeated in 2010.

As the leadership group continued to meet month after month and share experience and insights, they saw that joining forces on other levels could benefit the students and help the volunteers. Out of this environment of cooperation, the idea of the Coalition developed, to share knowledge about services, about community needs and about ways to make information about services for students and volunteers alike easily accessible to the public. Added to these original purposes, is the intention to engage other organizations and businesses in the community in a partnership to foster life-long literacy.

In the fall of 2010, the Coalition received seed money from the Dunham Fund to begin to turn its community goals into reality, by incorporating the organization and applying for 501(c)(3) status. The Coalition received 501(c)(3) status in the fall of 2011.

Chicago has several coalitions, as do Rockford, the near west suburbs, and southern Illinois. There has never been such a unified effort in our area; the Greater Aurora Area Literacy Coalition will work to fill that need.