ProLiteracy just completed its 22nd year of the National Book Fund, a donation-supported effort that supplies educational materials and resources to local adult literacy providers across the country. The National Book Fund was established in 1995 to help adult education programs meet the growing needs of unserved or underserved populations in their communities. Since 1995, the National Book Fund has awarded over $3 million in books and materials that have benefited over 375,000 individuals across the United States.
ProLiteracy raises money for the National Book Fund annually, which goes directly toward that year’s awards. This year, we were able to raise enough money to award a total of $113,000 worth of materials to 65 programs.
Each year, ProLiteracy comes closer to reaching its goal of raising $1 million for the National Book Fund. To date, we have raised approximately $555,000. If we can reach our fundraising goal, ProLiteracy will be able to supply New Readers Press books and other educational materials and resources to 125,000 learners by July 2018.
If you would like to make a donation to the National Book Fund, or find out more, visit www.proliteracy.org/What-We-Do/Programs-Projects/National-Book-Fund.
Here is a student story provided by one of our National Book Fund grant recipients.
The Wait is Over
Charlene Coleman, a woman in her mid-40s, had been waiting for CAPCO (Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc.) Getting Ahead Adult Education Program in Cortland, NY to launch some type of adult education tutoring program. She is on disability and is a volunteer in the agency’s free clothing department.
Last year, Coleman got her wish: CAPCO applied for a 2015-2016 National Book Fund grant to support the startup of a Literacy Volunteer Program. She was thrilled knowing that the wait was over. She helped unpack the box of NBF books that CAPCO received, and in doing so, she chose the book that she wanted to work with—Challenger 2.
Coleman meets with a tutor once a week and continuously uses Challenger and News for You to improve her reading. She sees the value in the program and helps recruit others who may also benefit from it.
Because of the program, Coleman has been able to make progress toward her goals, including taking on a managing role with the agency’s free clothing department, and reading to children while their parents browse the department.