Literacy nonprofit returns to Beaufort

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Photo above: Volunteers at The Literacy Center during a 2014 tutor training.

Hilton Head-based nonprofit The Literacy Center helps adults in the greater Beaufort County area achieve the reading, writing, math and speaking skills necessary to be successful in the family, the workplace and the community. Recently, the organization returned to the city of Beaufort after a hiatus in local programming with its newest tutoring program at Port Royal Baptist Church.

Financial success from Lowcountry Giving Day partially supported the expansion – The Literacy Center raised $30,000 from the May 5th event. Funding will primarily help the organization serve the expected 700+ students in classes at Bluffton and Hilton Head Island this academic year.

“Timing was excellent,” said Pam Wall, Executive Director of The Literacy Center since mid-May. In addition to new programming, The Literacy Center will also survey the Beaufort community this fall to measure its client market, enabling the organization to better understand the needs of the community for future program sites in 2016.

For now, The Literacy Center still needs 6-10 additional volunteers at its Hilton Head Island learning center for classes beginning in September. Tutors don’t need previous teaching experience, as The Literacy Center equips them with curriculums, tutor training and assistance throughout the school year.

Tutor training kicks off in mid-August, and the deadline to submit a tutor application – available online at www.theliteracycenter.org – is August 5th. Email Mike Powers at mpowers@theliteracycenter.org with questions or to learn more.

“It’s a very rewarding, inspirational opportunity for people to tutor,” explained Pam. By expanding to Beaufort and continuing current programs, The Literacy Center will bring that experience to many more tutors and provide life-changing opportunities to adults across all of Beaufort County.