Looking forward to 2017

2017 brings a close to our 50 year anniversary celebrated in 2016. The Literacy Center has many accomplishments for the past fifty years, our students have accomplished many goals but our work is not done. Our community has over 18,000 adults who struggle with reading, so we still have work to do this year.

We will remain focused on our mission:
The Literacy Center is dedicated to improving basic adult literacy in our community.

Our tagline has changed over the years from, “Each One, Teach One” to“From Here You Can Fly” to our current “Read for Life.” All of these lines still apply to our vision for the past 50 years: we believe that each and every student can reach their goals and truly read for life  and be self sufficient. We are excited to start the New Year and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Will you please join us and  be a part of our strategic planning session on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 8:00 am-12:00 pm at Ivy Tech Community College Room 107.  Respond attendance by email.

If you can’t join us you can still provide input by completing our survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2569TMB.

10 Days of Giving and Facts

The Literacy Center Logo - 50 Years FinalFacts about 2016

  1. We have served our community for 50 years helping adults learn to read and read to learn.                             A way to give…our wish list: http://www.litcenter.org/donate-2/wish-list/

2. We have had 662 instruction hours in the HSE prep class.           A way to give….volunteer. http://www.litcenter.org/about/volunteer/

3. We have 854 students that have been served in the past 10 years.
A way to give… http://www.litcenter.org/donate-2/

4. We have had 437 hours of qualification instruction hours so far this year.
A way to give… http://www.litcenter.org/donate-2/

5. We had 758 hours of tutor instruction hours and 494 of tutor preparation and travel hours so far this year.
A way to give… http://www.litcenter.org/volunteer-form/

6. We have accessed 18 adults so far this year.                                                                    A way to give… http://www.litcenter.org/donate-2/

7. We have 14 dedicated current board members.
A way to give… Volunteer 

8. We have had 76 volunteers dedicate time to us this year in many ways from tutoring, teaching classes, working in the office, organizing fundraisers and so much more.  A way to give… Volunteer 

9. Our students set goals of all sorts, mini, small and big, we try so hard to track every one of them but the big ones is what we do best at and 24 big goals were accomplished this year including a getting a job!
Giving a donation allows the students to achieve their educational goals… Donate

10.  The greatest joy and fact is when a student says, “I read novels for pleasure now.” said ‘Theresa’.
For fifty years we have offered basic adult literacy with access to immediate education for adults who are self-driven, dedicated and set goals for themselves. We offer one-on-one tutoring and high school equivalency preparation but it is really about the fundamental ability to read and comprehend and be self-sufficient that are students strive for because Literacy/Education is key to the #7EssentialLifeSkills and that’s just fact.
A way to give….Time, talent and/or funds.


Grateful for our story of 50 years


Grateful for our story

I am truly humbled by each story of our students.  Each of their unique stories tells why they choose to learn to read to better their life…a better job, better health and the ability to be self sufficient. What a wonderful gift to give.  We greatly appreciate each donation and hour of time volunteered this past year.  We are truly thankful for your guidance, leadership and friendship.  On behalf of The Literacy Center team and our board of directors, we wish you the happiest Thanksgiving as you create your story.
Jennifer Wigginton
Executive Director

Ways to Help…

  • Take a survey for to help us with our strategic plan. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2569TMB. All volunteers and past donors are welcome at our strategic planning session on Friday, January 27, 8am-12pm. Email jennifer@litcenter.org for invitation.
  • Make a donation to support our Basic Adult Literacy Program http://www.litcenter.org/donate-2/
  • Volunteer to tutor, teach a class, serve on Board of Directors or work in office.
  • Participate in a fundraiser, like the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Sunday or SCRABBLE Smackdown on February 25, 2017. We are now looking for SCRABBLE Smackdown sponsors starting at $100.

The Literacy Center Logo - 50 Years Final

Read for Life Survey

Thanks to a group of volunteers from United Way of Southwestern Indiana #DayOfCaring on Sept. 9th we completed a survey of 100 people with a #ReadForLife theme. The first question tells us that we have work to do to make sure people know where to send someone if they need help with reading.

Thanks to Dollar General Stores for allowing us to survey their customers!
#AEFLweek #AdultEDU

heard-of-lit-center how-important-to-read how-many-adults-in-our-community reading-for-enjoyment

36% would go to the library first but only 6% knew to come to The Literacy Center.  We want to build better collaborations with EVSC, United Way, Carver Community Center, and colleges.  We are the adult education center that those who struggle with reading can go to for help.




52 had heard of the Literacy Center but yet they don’t know what we do?

The Literacy Center is dedicated to improving basic adult literacy in our community.



It’s not surprising that 97% feel that is is extremely important for every adult in our community to have the ability to read.



43% were correct- it is approximately 18,000 adults who struggle in our community alone!  Over 30 million in the USA.



90 % agree is is extremely important to read for enjoyment, we must model if we want our future (children) to be good readers.

Reading is vital to developing communication, making connections and critical thinking skills.


Please help us by sharing our information.  We want Read For Life to mean just that – you Read to Be Better at Life.