Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha Kicks Off Ambitious Tutor Recruitment Campaign

Link to September 6 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article, "Recruitment effort seeks to fill shortfall of volunteers".

Excerpt:   Next week, the nonprofit organization will begin an ambitious campaign to recruit 90 new tutors in 90 days, in part, to fulfill a volunteer shortfall, said Debra Running, the agency's executive director.

Instead of having interested parties come to them, they are taking the campaign to the community offering special hour-long, orientation sessions at several locations throughout Waukesha County during September and October.

In the county, it is estimated that as many as 60,000 people are functionally illiterate - unable to read or write well enough to function well in society.

For more than 20 years the Literacy Council has played a key role in fighting illiteracy making it possible for hundreds of children and adults to advance in their lives by opening up educational and career opportunities that could have otherwise been lost without their efforts.

"They can do more than we can do to provide that extra enrichment to help our students over whatever hurdles they have," said Barbara Nordberg, associate dean of the basic education department at Waukesha County Technical College

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