When I talk about the people we serve, I always say that 90 percent of the challenge our adult learners face is simply walking through the doors for the first time. Many of our students have only known failure when it comes to academic performance, and I cannot imagine the amount of emotional courage they have to muster up in order to ask for help. Although everyone who comes through our doors has a different story, goal, and outcome, our approach with each person is the same: meet them where they are without judgement, love them, and help them move forward to find success.
Last year, we were blessed that so many in our community trusted us with their generous donations. These gifts allowed us to improve program options, add staff, and increase our reach in the Texarkana community. We have worked hard to be good stewards of those funds and honor those who have invested in our work. As we look forward to our continued growth, we have big plans for what we can do for our community, but we need your support to make our dreams a reality.
The theme of our annual giving campaign this year is Use Your Power for Good, and I want to ask you to consider investing whatever power you possess to help our organization this year. We need volunteers to help with our students, professionals who will lend their wisdom and services to our organization, and people to financially invest in our growth. Over the course of this month, you will learn about ways you can use your power to support our critically important work.
A more educated Texarkana is a better Texarkana, and I know the Literacy Council is a special and powerful place because I see men and women - like those featured in some of the information below - changing the course of their lives every single day. I hope you will support our annual giving campaign and know that any investment you make will serve as a catalyst for positive change in the community we all love.
All my best,
Our workforce skills program helps students learn what it takes to find and keep employment.
At 62-years-old, Literacy Council student Oree Bradley is reading for the first time in his life.
The Literacy Council is a place that not only educates its students, but everyone who works here too.
We work with more than 50 Texarkana partners to help local families move from crisis to career.
Our IRS-certified tax preparers help people have free tax preparation for current and past returns.
Our Literacy Council earned more state awards for excellence in adult literacy than any other Arkansas organization
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