Inspiring Us This Week: Dogwood Literacy Council-Adult Literacy

How would you feel if you couldn’t understand the cashier at the grocery store? What if the only way you could contact your family was through email…but you had no idea how to use a computer? These are struggles that people in our community face every single day. We live in a wonderfully diverse community full of culture and opportunity. Opportunity that is hard to seize for those who do not speak English, or are from a generation that does not have the computer literacy skills that have become second nature to so many. The Dogwood Literacy Council– Adult Literacy Program is taking steps to make sure that no one, no matter age, ethnicity, or literacy level is held back from the opportunities that Northwest Arkansas has to offer which is why they are “Inspiring Us This Week”.DOGWOODLIT1“Several of our seniors in the computer literacy class have been able to communicate with their extended families and grandchildren using Facebook, email, and other online applications. This promotes the family connections across generational lines, crucial to strong family ties in our high tech culture. Two of the women in our Hmong ESL classes have improved literacy skills enough to obtain driver’s licenses! Three women have gone on to begin GED classes towards the goal of attending college for the financial betterment of their families.

Dogwood Literacy Volunteer Tutors have provided over 2,000 instructional hours to our students in the past program year. We have a provided a unique opportunity to the seniors in our community by offering free Computer Literacy Classes, which have been a great success! Through improved literacy skills our ESL students are able to obtain driver’s licenses, test for citizenship, improve their understanding of the healthcare system, and create greater financial stability in their homes.”DOGWOODLIT2

If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:
Classroom materials for ESL and basic English Literacy classes at our facility.
$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:
20 students with individual workbooks to own from select ESL literacy curricula.
$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:
5 students with access to web-based Literacy programs that supplement classroom learning and promote