The Project Literacy Kelowna Society Board of Directors and staff are excited about the boost it has received with a multi-year funding commitment totaling $45,000 over three years from the Central Okanagan Foundation.
“The receipt of the Central Okanagan Foundation multi-year operational funding grant will support the ongoing work done by Project Literacy staff and volunteers to improve literacy in the Central Okanagan,” says Board President Fern Carr. “Project Literacy relies on the support of fundraising, grants and community donations in order to offer its services free of charge to adults in need of assistance.” Incorporated in 1986, Project Literacy was the first independent literacy organization chartered in British Columbia. Over the past 30 years, Project Literacy has served more than 6,000 individuals who required support to achieve their full potential at work, at home and in the community.
Literacy is critical to individual, family and community well-being. Utilizing more than 125 volunteers and more than 16,000 volunteer hours annually, Project Literacy is able to leverage the funds it receives with the contribution of highly skilled volunteer tutors. “This grant provides some stability with regards to core operating costs and improves the sustainability of Project Literacy in the years to come,” says Christine McWillis, Executive Director. “We appreciate the commitment by the Central Okanagan Foundation to improve literacy and make a difference in the lives of so many.”