Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all those who support Literacy Connexus in so many ways.
Literacy Connexus is primarily funded by Texas Baptists (The Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions and Cooperative Program giving through Community Care). We seek to work with all who advocate and support literacy work. Our link to Texas Baptists is through the Advocacy and Care Center--a perfect fit for what we do. We advocate for persons with literacy needs, and we express care by encouraging churches to meet literacy needs in communities.
In Texas, literacy advocacy means speaking up for persons with literacy needs. Through the Interagency Literacy Council's work and report more attention has been focused on adult illiteracy and strategies to address this need. We work with others to make sure our state legislature knows about the needs of adult learners.
In Texas, most of the funding for adult education comes from tax-payer supported, federal sources. These dollars make classes available in basic literacy, English for speakers of other languages, and GED. Church-based literacy ministries often work hand-in-hand with local community programs to maximize opportunities for students. We can advocate for continued funding for adult education classes through contacts in Austin and Washington.
I urge you to consider today the role of one of our strong partners on a national- and international-level. ProLiteracy was formed in 2003 as a merger of two strong voices in adult literacy: Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America. For more information, please see http://www.proliteracy.org/about-us/mission-vision-and-history. Both of these entities and the resulting organization have been very helpful to faith-based literacy efforts.
ProLiteracy has just formed a new listserv exclusively for faith-based programs. I urge you to join this conversation. And I urge you to join ProLiteracy. For a limited time, ProLiteracy is offering a reduced membership fee for faith-based literacy programs. For information about becoming a member of ProLiteracy OR about joining the special listserv for faith-based programs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we can do more. Join ProLiteracy; I did.