Our mission… The mission of the Springfield Literacy Project is to increase adult literacy skills in our community by implementing a volunteer-based program. This program serves as a vehicle for providing one-on-one and small group tutoring for adults, ages 17 and over, that have literacy skills below the ninth grade level. Each adult learner is tested and the tutoring sessions are tailored to the learner’s goals and test outcomes. What is literacy… Literacy is defined as effectively using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.
What we do… Trained literacy volunteers provide tutoring in reading, writing, math, English language proficiency, workplace skills, and pre-GED.The Springfield Literacy Project offers its services at no charge to the adult learner.
How we make it happen… Volunteer tutors are recruited through the distribution of flyers, public service announcements, newspaper articles and word of mouth. All volunteers have completed their secondary education (high school diploma or GED) and tutor a minimum of one hour per week. A pre-service training is provided. Ongoing workshops, “tutor brown bags”, and technical assistance are provided for volunteers throughout the program year.
The supporting foundation of this program is its volunteers. Without volunteer tutors, the program would not be able to open its doors to offer adult literacy tutoring.
As a grant funded community-based program, effective services are also made possible by maintaining active partnerships with Lincoln Library, multiple service organizations, churches and schools. Additionally, the community supports the program through its participation in fundraisers and assistance with a wide-range of non-tutoring day-to-day activities that are crucial to keeping the program strong and effective.
Where are we… Fishes & Loaves Outreach, 2937 Stanton, Suite A. Phone: 529-3333. There are a minimum of 7 active tutoring sites each year. The number of tutoring sites increases throughout the program year in order to better accommodate the transportation needs of the adult learners. All tutoring is provided at a public location and in-home tutoring is not available.
“This project was made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for Literacy”