BANGOR – The Wal-Mart Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor to expand volunteer recruitment efforts through a targeted outreach campaign to coincide with its 40th year of service. Representatives of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor accepted a check last week during a ceremony at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Brewer. Gov. John Baldacci attended the event.
“It takes a tremendous amount of courage for an adult to ask for help with reading. So, when low-literate adults have to wait a long time for a tutor, this can be very disheartening,” said Dick Madore, board president of Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. “Wal-Mart’s investment in our ‘Teach One, Reach One’ volunteer recruitment program will help capture the attention and time of more Mainers willing to be part of the solution.”
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor empowers local adults with improved reading and English language skills through no-cost, learner-centered instruction that enhances life skills. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor consistently has a waiting list of adults who want to improve their reading. More volunteers will help meet this need.
“Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are proud to help the Literacy Volunteers of Bangor recruit more volunteers and assist more people in the Bangor and Brewer areas,” said David Murray, market manager for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Adults interested in volunteering or improving their literacy are encouraged to call 947-8451 for more information or visit www.lvbangor.org.