Literacy Center Awarded $10,000 Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation

This week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded The Literacy Center a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy.

“As an adult, stepping up to commit to improving your life through education takes courage, hope and support,” said Linda Butkus, the Literacy Center’s CEO. “All of us at the Literacy Center are grateful to Dollar General for their support in helping adults master the essential literacy skills needed for life.”

With the help of this grant, the Literacy Center can provide adults with the support needed to gain essential education and employment skills. Low-level reading and math abilities are the common thread of poverty, incarceration and high dropout rates in schools. They are also a barrier to understanding basic health, financial and consumer issues. At the Literacy Center, students are actively engaged in planning a pathway that helps them reach their educational and career goals.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

CRAVE Benefit 5K

Join us on July 9, 2017 for a 5K run/walk to benefit the Literacy Center!

CRAVE Restaurant is partnering with four local organizations – The Brian Slobotski Foundation, The International Association of Firefighters Charity Foundation, The Literacy Center, and Youth Emergency Services to put on a 5K charity run through midtown! All four organizations will benefit equally from the proceeds.

The race begins at 9:00am. CRAVE is the start and end point and is also providing free appetizers to all runners. 

Register here for only $15! 

Thank You!

Thank you for generously supporting the Literacy Center during Omaha Gives! Your gift allows us to support adults in our community as they strive to improve their lives through education. With your gift, we can continue to provide much needed GED, ESL, and adult basic education classes free of charge to people like Kristina.

Kristina decided in 2015 she wanted to get her GED so she could go to college and become an addiction and mental health counselor. The Literacy Center gave her an opportunity to attend free GED classes as well as provided a one-on-one tutor for math and science. Kristina worked hard and passed her final GED test this February. She is already registered for her first college class this summer!

Your gift matters to the more than 500 adults who attend classes at the Literacy Center. Thank you for supporting the Literacy Center and our mission. You are welcome to stop by anytime and see your gift in action!

Omaha Gives!

Mark your calendars! The Literacy Center will be participating in Omaha Gives 2017. The day of giving is set for May 24th. Check out the Literacy Center’s profile.

The Literacy Center educates over 500 adult students, with the support of 130 community volunteers, from the tri-county area with one-on-one tutoring and small classroom instruction in basic reading, English as a second language and GED. We are committed to empowering adults and families by helping them acquire the literacy skills and practices to be active and                                                                        contributing members of their communities.

2017 Open House and Student Celebration

The Literacy Center celebrated its 2017 Winter Open House and Student Celebration on Saturday, January 28. Students, volunteers, and community members all gathered to celebrate the Literacy Center’s new location, new CEO, and of course, the achievement of its students! Four students celebrated achieving their GEDs. Many other students received awards for categories such as Positive Attitude, Perfect Attendance, and Outstanding Achiever. Nine volunteers were also recognized for their dedication to teaching and literacy. To view all the pictures from the event, click here.

Linda Butkus will join the Literacy Center as new CEO

The Literacy Center is pleased to welcome Linda Butkus as its new CEO. Linda has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 33 years with experience in programming, administration, fund raising, staff and volunteer management, grant writing, outcomes, and risk management.

Linda’s top Gallup strengths are; Arranger, Achiever, Relator, Consistency, and Learner. She is highly organized, driven, open to new ideas, and supportive.  She has high expectations of herself as well as others and tends to be a very positive person.

“As your new CEO I am so excited to join you in supporting the mission of the Literacy Center for the Midlands. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and beginning to map out our future together. Please introduce yourself when you are at the center.”