Literacy Coalition receives Shineman grant

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County (LCOC), was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation..

“We are extremely grateful to Lauren Pistell, foundation executive director, and to the Shineman Foundation for their support,” said Jon Spaulding, Literacy Coalition president. “This grant will enable LCOC to contract with a research company to undertake a comprehensive survey and analysis that will identify the barriers to increasing literacy in Oswego County.

“For the first time in our county, we will have the data that shows us gaps in current services and recommendations for interventions and resources that can address these barriers.

“I also want to thank LCOC’s Fund Development Committee for their work in developing a Request For Proposal to secure a research company and for applying for the grant,” Spaulding said.

“The goal of The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Spaulding. “The Coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”

The LCOC is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations. These organizations work together to address the literacy needs of people of all ages.

Members of the LCOC Fund Development Comittee are: Diane Cooper-Currier, executive director, Oswego County Opportunities; Jeffrey Grimshaw, director, SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations; Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County; Paul Gugel, director of Adult and Migrant Education, Oswego County BOCES  and Michael Egan, president, Weston T. Hyde Foundation.

Members of the LCOC Leadership Council include: Alliance Bank; Assemblyman William Barclay 124th District; Cayuga Community College; Steve Chirello Advertising, City of Fulton; City of Oswego; Constellation Energy; Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; Eastern Shore Associates; Entergy Nuclear Northeast; Fulton City School District; Fulton Family YMCA; Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County; Operation Oswego County; and the Central Southern Tier Regional Adult Education Network.

An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document and quantitative proficiencies.

Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).

In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth grade reading level. For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link.

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