Campaign Raises Funds to Promote Literacy Among Durhamites

Campaign Raises Funds to Promote Literacy Among Durhamites

The Durham Literacy Center has launched its $10kToLiteracy campaign to improve the lives of community members through increased job readiness and career pathways

Demetria Benjamin and her son after she received her GED diploma at the Durham Literacy Center. Demetria then went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. Photo courtesy Durham Literacy Center.

Providing Durham County residents the opportunity to improve upon their quality of life through increased literacy skills, Durham Literacy Center (DLC) creates a more equitable pathway to prosperity. Through programs such as GED tutoring and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, DLC offers many avenues for both adults and youth to achieve their potential. However, the nonprofit currently maintains waiting lists for both students ready to learn and volunteers eager to lend their time. To address the need to build its capacity, DLC has launched its $10kToLiteracy campaign.

Donations to the campaign will bolster DLC’s programs, which focus on preparing Durham’s residents for the current workforce. The funds raised will also support integrating the latest technology into DLC’s curriculum to improve students’ hireability.

Here’s the breakdown:

$10 helps pay for one workbook for a literacy student.
$25 supports career coaching for one student.
$50 helps provide computer instruction for one student.
$75 helps provide a career pathway workshop for one student.
$100 helps train one GED volunteer.
$250 helps train one literacy volunteer.
$400 supports instruction for six GED students.
$700 helps provide individualized literacy instruction for one student.

Campaign donors of all giving levels receive various incentives from local businesses and artists and will be entered into drawings for gifts cards to businesses such as The Regulator Bookshop, Harris Teeter, and Empire Eats.

Click here to donate. You also can help by liking and sharing the campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts.

Help empower your neighbors through increased literacy skills, and contribute to building a stronger Durham community.

Julia Baker
Julia is a UNC-Chapel Hill grad who majored in Photojournalism and will become a double Heel upon completion of her Master's of Public Health at UNC's Gillings School of Public Health. She enjoys traveling, running, cooking, learning and speaking Spanish and watching Carolina basketball.