The Literacy Center recently received a $10,000 Innovation Grant on behalf of the LinkedIn for Good Foundation. Innovation Grants are awarded to LinkedIn employee-championed nonprofits and initiatives that are taking intelligent risks to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Virginia Roode, a LinkedIn employee, applied for the grant on the Literacy Center’s behalf, outlining how the nonprofit organization will use the money to improve the services provided to its students. The grant will provide funding for the ASSET program (Adult Student Success through Emerging Technology) and will purchase new laptops, pc computers, tablets, software and video conference equipment for e-learning.
“E-learning is essential for Literacy Center students who otherwise would not be able to participate due to lack of transportation, health concerns or time constraints, “says Roode. “The money provided by LinkedIn will make a difference for these potential students, as well as students it currently serves.”
The Literacy Center educates more than 450 adult students, with the support of nearly 150 community volunteers, from the Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties through one-on-one tutoring and small classroom instruction in basic reading, English as a second language and GED preparation.
According to Literacy Center Executive Director Kirsten Case, extreme growth of 150% over the past 18 months has forced the organization to freeze enrollment twice, due to a lack of space, volunteer teachers to serve students and learning materials. “By moving curriculum online, the Literacy Center can reach more students and ensure they are proficient in current technology,” says Case. “We’re thankful for Virginia for her work in securing this grant from LinkedIn.”
Roode looks forward to seeing the grant’s impact on the Literacy Center programs and the students it serves. “The students at the Literacy Center are my heroes and I am so proud of their accomplishments and never giving up on their goals.”