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LEE COUNTY LITERACY COALTION FACT SHEET LOCATION:

Lee County Literacy Coalition 2133 Executive Park Drive Opelika, Alabama 36801

CONTACT:

Phone: 334.705.0001 Fax: 334.745.5606 E-mail: litcoalition@bellsouth.net Website: www.leecountyliteracy.org

SOCIAL MEDIA:

http://www.facebook.com/leecountyliteracy

KEY PLAYERS:

Sue Edge - Executive Director Paula Sullenger - President Deborah Heidepriem - Treasurer Tom Brawner - Secretary and Founding Member

FOUNDED:

The Lee County Literacy Coalition was incorporated in 1989 and became a United Way agency in 1990.

MISSION:

The Lee County Literacy Coalition is a nonprofit organization and a partnership with United Way devoted to helping adults and adolescents read, write and acquire the basic skills for success in todays world. The LCLC believes in a fully literate society and functions to support, promote and ensure the availability, accessibility and advocacy for a more literate Alabama. -more-

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CONCEPT:

The LCLC is principally funded by the United Way of Lee County with additional funds from independent and corporate donations, grants and memberships. As an organization that is aware of its surrounding communities, the LCLC also partners with county social service agencies to encourage and enhance learner development and success. Tutors work individually with learners to discover and incorporate learning strategies that work best for the learner. The LCLC provides all instruction materials free of cost to learners and attempts to match learners with tutors living or working in the same area.

SERVICES:

The LCLC is dedicated to providing free, one-on-one tutoring to Lee County, Ala. citizens in the areas of reading, writing, math, graduation exam preparation and GED certificate preparation.

PAYMENTS:

None. Donations accepted.

### For additional information contact: Lee County Literacy Coalition Sue Edge, Executive Director Phone: 334.705.0001 Fax: 334.745.5606 litcoatlition@bellsouth.net

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Frequently Asked Questions What does the Lee County Literacy Coalition do? The Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) is a volunteer, nonprofit, United Way agency dedicated to providing free, personal one-on-one tutoring. The LCLC provides tutoring in reading, math, writing, basic skills, and GED certificate and graduation exam preparation. The LCLC is always available to visit civic clubs, community groups, churches, businesses or other organizations to speak about the LCLC mission. How long have has the LCLC been in business? The LCLC was incorporated in 1989 and became a United Way agency in 1990. What geographic area does the LCLC serve? Program services are provided to citizens mainly in Lee County, Ala. Does the LCLC use volunteers? More than anything, the LCLC relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteer tutors. Most tutors and students meet weekly at the LCLC offices or the public libraries in the county. You do NOT need any experience in tutoring or a background in teaching, just a willingness to help. The LCLC provides all of its tutors with training, support and instructional materials. If you would like to volunteer your time, please contact our office at (334) 705-0001 to learn how to become a volunteer literacy tutor. Do learners have to provide their own learning materials? The LCLC provides all of the learning materials including pencils, books and software free of cost. Does the LCLC receive donations? The LCLC always welcomes monetary donations and gifts of needed items. Please contact our office to find out more information about our current needs. The LCLC is a nonprofit organization and all gifts and donations are tax deductible. What if a learner is reluctant or hesitant to share their information? There is no need to worry. All of the personal information that tutors collect from the learners is kept private. How does the LCLC access the learners? Tutors work individually with learners to find the methods that work best for them. The LCLC also attempts to match learners seeking help with tutors living or working in the same area. Learners may also be matched based on their hobbies to make the material more compatible to their characteristics. The LCLC gives people options for learning that they cannot find anywhere else. ### ________________________________________________________________________________ LEE COUNTY LITERACY COALITION I 2133 EXECUTIVE PARK DRIVE I OPELIKA, ALABAMA 36801 P: 334 705 0001 I F: 334 745 5606 WWW.LEECOUNTYLITERACY.ORG I LITCOALTION@BELLSOUTH.NET


Executive Director Biography Sue Edge Sue Edge is currently the executive director at the Lee County Literacy Coalition. She began her career with the LCLC on March 1, 2010. Edge’s position entails a multitude of tasks. The primary undertaking that Edge does is matching tutors to learners when individuals come seeking help. The rest of her duties and responsibilities as the executive director include managing quarterly reports of the learners that come into the LCLC. Edge must handle the marketing aspect of the LCLC to make the Lee County citizens more aware of the brand. She also works with the East Alabama chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama to help out with its philanthropy. The EAPRCA hosts spelling bees to raise money for the LCLC. “I want to improve it [LCLC] and I’ve got the drive to do that,” Edge said. “I enjoy what I do because it’s a good job and I feel like the Lord put me here.” Prior to joining this United Way nonprofit organization, Edge worked for BF Goodrich tire manufacturing until Oct. 31, where she “retired” after 36 years. Before working there she held a seasonal and part-time job at Skinner Furniture in Roanoke, Ala. while attending high school. Edge moved to Auburn, Ala. in 1973 for her husband to go to school in the Lee County area. Edge volunteers a lot of her time at United Way to help the company with its campaign efforts. Edge, was born and raised in Roanoke, Ala. She has been married to her husband, Sam, for 37 years and is the mother of two girls, Jennifer (33) and Stephanie (29).

________________________________________________________________________________ LEE COUNTY LITERACY COALITION I 2133 EXECUTIVE PARK DRIVE I OPELIKA, ALABAMA 36801 P: 334 705 0001 I F: 334 745 5606 WWW.LEECOUNTYLITERACY.ORG I LITCOALTION@BELLSOUTH.NET


[Contact person’s name goes here] [Contact person’s position goes here] [Business/Organization Name] [Business/Organization Address] Dear [Contact Name], Where would you be without reading? For a brief moment, imagine yourself as an adult who is unable to read street signs or your daily mail. What if you could only write your name and address? Or couldn’t fill out a job application on your own? Chances are you would be hesitant to get help because maybe you are embarrassed or felt cut off from the rest of society. Helping those in our community with literacy problems is why the Lee County Literacy Coalition (LCLC) established itself in 1989 and is why the organization still stands today determined to assist those who wish to better their literacy skills. Thus far, our free, one-on-one tutoring has worked for hundreds of motivated learners every year. The LCLC provides learning services in reading, writing, math, graduation exam preparation and GED certificate preparation. Learning materials are provided free of cost to learners. Tutors are volunteers dedicating their time to those in need. Seventeen percent of Lee County residents lack basic literacy skills. The LCLC strives to provide a quality education for its learners in a supportive environment that allows for individualized instruction. However, providing learners with free services does come at a cost, and the LCLC is always in need of volunteers and donations. Please call (334) 7050001 for more information on how you can help! Let us know if you know someone in need of our services. Through our services, every learner has the possibility to develop the basic skills necessary to be successful in the workforce, strengthen family relationships and participate in society! Join in the cause! Sincerely,

Sue Edge Executive Director Lee County Literacy Coalition

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Page 1 of 2 Why it Pays to Volunteer The Lee County Literacy Coalition is a nonprofit United Way agency whose mission is to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to Lee County residents. The LCLC opened its doors 19 years ago to help those who want to learn to read, write and further their education. Many of the learners who come to the LCLC want help in obtaining their GED certificate, gain literacy skills for jobs, or become better equipped to help their children and grandchildren with schoolwork. Tara Lanier and Laura Wortman are two volunteers at the LCLC. They both started tutoring in September and have a passion for reading and sharing their talent with others. Lanier tutors Mark, a 41-year-old male who recently decided he wants to go to Southern Union and obtain his nursing degree. They meet once a week at the Auburn Public Library for an hour and study language arts. “I almost feel like I am getting more out of the experience than he is,” said Lanier. “Mark has decided at age 41 to make a positive change in his life, and I get to participate in making that change.” Lanier said one of the reasons she chose to get involved in the LCLC is to honor her grandmother and mother. Lanier’s grandmother and mother were both teachers and Lanier said that through tutoring she honors their memories. -more________________________________________________________________________________ LEE COUNTY LITERACY COALITION I 2133 EXECUTIVE PARK DRIVE I OPELIKA, ALABAMA 36801 P: 334 705 0001 I F: 334 745 5606 WWW.LEECOUNTYLITERACY.ORG I LITCOALTION@BELLSOUTH.NET


Page 2 of 2 Wortman is a freshman at Auburn University. She found out about the LCLC through the volunteer fair at the student center. Wortman has a history of tutoring children in English and Spanish so Sue Edge, the director of the LCLC, paired her with Olivia and JiYoung, a mother and daughter who moved to the United States 10 months ago from Korea. Wortman tutors the mother and daughter for two hours a week in vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. “It is a great feeling when you pull an image up on the computer and the learner can spell out and use the image in a sentence. Each week they progress and get better and better,” said Wortman. Volunteer tutors usually work with learners for several months. Edge tries to pair tutors and learners based on personality and hobbies in order to make the learner feel as comfortable as possible. “If you have a love for reading and want to help others become passionate about reading, consider volunteering as a tutor,” said Lanier. “It is a rewarding feeling to know you helped make a positive change in a person’s life.”

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