...because who doesn't like a good end-of-year listicle?
6. We paid off the mortgage on our beautiful building this year. In the Spring of 2018, the Literacy Council celebrates 10 years in one location! Before that, our agency rented spaces in no less than seven places over the previous several years. It’s good to have a permanent home and have it paid off. As our director, Ken, always tells visitors, “We couldn’t have done it alone. We had a lot of help over the years.”
5. The place keeps getting better and better. For one, this year a local artist, (and our very own tutor!) Jay Longmeier, unveiled an impressive canvas mural of a Lima Locomotive that provides the backdrop for our front office. A second impressive improvement is the Art Park that Husky helped us move from downtown to our side yard. Flowers, a garden path, benches, a tool shed and five uniquely Lima works of art decorate the previously unused space. You won’t regret stopping by just to see these two improvements.
3. We increased the number of new students and the number of volunteer tutors this year. By the end of last year we had enrolled 15 new adult literacy students. This year that number is up again, with 23 new students. And thanks to our volunteer social media specialist, Robert Rose, and our office manager Connie Glancy, we’ve trained a total of 15 new tutors. And we have several more on the waitlist for training.
1. Two new employees joined our cause. For years, the Northwest Ohio Literacy Council has collaborated with Pathstone (formerly Experience Works), to employ seniors in our office. The employees get the chance to build their skills and resumes, and our non-profit benefits by having another helping hand in the office. This year it’s been a pleasure to welcome Sue and Melvin to our team. They are tutoring, answering phones, and reaching out in the community to help us find even more adults struggling with literacy.
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Northwest Ohio Literacy Council
563 W. Spring St.
Lima, OH 45801