The Chippewa Valley Post provides news of area nonprofit organizations in order to increase public awareness of their missions and activities, and to provide information that otherwise might not be made available.
Our “6 of Substance” series is part of this effort. It presents answers from area nonprofit organizations, in their own words, to six questions about who they are and what they do. The responses are edited only for length, grammar and style concerns.
This series will be updated regularly to introduce Chippewa Valley residents to the many nonprofit organizations and people working to serve the needs of our area. If you have a favorite nonprofit organization that you’d like to see featured here, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Chippewa Valley
Who do you serve?
We provide adult education for about 400 people per year in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties, including some who are imprisoned.
How long have you been established in the Chippewa Valley?
30 years. The organization was formerly known as Literacy Volunteers Chippewa Valley (LVCV).
What are the major issues you will be facing over the next 18 months?
We are collaborating more with other agencies, such as Chippewa Valley Technical College, the area’s school districts and a job center, Workforce Resource, to find ways help people improve their lives.
Aside from financial support, how can the Chippewa Valley community support you?
Community members can volunteer as tutors or in other capacities. But it is most important to pass on information about our services to people who could benefit from them. Most of our students find out about us through word of mouth, and the community can be extremely helpful in spreading this word.
Who are some of the key people in your organization?
Elizabeth Hart, Executive Director; Cheryl Sutter, 1-1 Tutor Pairs Coordinator; Larry Jolivette, Board President; and Deb Erwin, Family Literacy Coordinator.
What is the most important thing about your organization that people should know, but don’t?
We don’t just teach people to read! We provide education in reading and math, and also in citizenship, work training and English. We also do the Corrections Education in the Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire County jails. And through Family Literacy we provide adult education and free childcare for ages 0-3.
— by Elizabeth Hart, executive director
If you would like more information about Literacy Chippewa Valley, visit www.literacycv.org.
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