Making a Difference: Ind. literacy project volunteers believe you're never too young or old to learn

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. - Our Tuesday feature shines the spotlight on those unsung heroes among us: people who do good things for others every day, whether as a volunteer or as part of their job.

Who: Hoosier Hills Literacy League
What they do: Offer tutoring and other assistance to improve literacy rates
Where they do it: Lawrenceburg, Ind.

The Hoosier Hills Literacy League is a nonprofit organization founded in 1984 in response to low literacy rates in Southeast Indiana. The organization, which is primarily volunteer operated, is geared toward improving literacy rates through three programs:

  1. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
  2. Study, Food & Fun
  3. Volunteer Training

Literacy league board members aim to improve reading rates among people of all ages. The programs are focused on different age groups, said literacy administrator Laura Priebe.

Through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, families with children up to five years old can receive a new book in the mail each month free of charge. In Study, Food & Fun, school-age children receive a sandwich and tutoring and play literacy games during weekly sessions. Literacy league board members also offer preparation help for teenagers and adults planning to take the Indiana High School Equivalency test.

While the league’s goal is to promote literacy for the whole family, it is especially encouraging to see adults pass the high school equivalency test.

“When we do see the impact, it carries us for a long time,” Priebe said.

How you can make a difference

Volunteers are needed to tutor students and read to children in Head Start programs. Those who wish to read to children in Head Start should be willing to commit time to do so once a month. People who wish to tutor are required to participate in the literacy league’s volunteer training.

Those interested in volunteering can contact Priebe by phone, email or through the literacy league’s website. Financial donations also can be made through the organization’s website.

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