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Volunteers Making a Difference

AUTHOR: Amy Wilson

EMAIL: awilson@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org

PHONE: 814-238-1809

AGENCY: Mid-State Literacy Council, Inc.


A young woman wanted to obtain full-time work with benefits in order to support her children. She came to Mid-State Literacy Council to improve her reading and math skills. She needed two tutors and encouragement. Following an assessment and the development of her individualized tutoring program, she began working with two trained literacy council volunteer tutors. She felt nervous the first day and she was feeling low. She worked diligently with both tutors, practiced at home, and made progress. She learned to complete on-line job applications and interview. Now she is feeling energized and working full-time. She is continuing to learn more reading and math skills, and also completing health literacy lessons to better support her family’s wellness. She inspires her friends to keep learning and she supports her children’s education.


With the help of 200 essential and talented volunteers, Mid-State Literacy Council provides both one-to-one tutoring and small classes for adults. Learning English, reading, math, and technology skills gives adults the opportunity to thrive. Summer registration is open for adults to participate. Additional volunteers are needed to help in the office, tutor, or train to provide standardized assessments during fall semester. Mary Dupuis, long-term volunteer, says, “Summer is beautiful. Lots of tutors and students are meeting outside and enjoying the sunlight. Come join us!” We thank all the volunteers who help our community grow and soar with literacy. Your contributions are extraordinary.


Locally funded, Mid-State Literacy Council thanks Centre County United Way, Clearfield Area United Way, The Hamer Foundation, and Mount Nittany Health for continuing to support literacy in our community. The literacy council Board of Directors thanks all who participate in Centre Gives. You make a difference.


During Centre Gives, Mid-State Literacy Council will be at the Centre Foundation Centre Fest event with literacy games, activities, and book give aways. Wednesday, May 11th, 5pm-7pm in State College at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, (Frazier Street location), please join Mid-State Literacy Council and celebrate our community.

On Wednesday, September 21st, 6pm via zoom, Mid-State Literacy Council will host the 23rd Ron and Mary Maxwell Community Spelling Bee. Katie O’Toole, word master and master of ceremonies, invites you to join us. For more information, please contact Spelling Bee Committee Co-Chairs, Susan Hill and Amy Wilson, at awilson@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org. Rapid Transit Sports was first place in 2021, who will the champion be in 2022?


You make a difference. Mid-State Literacy Council continues to provide the opportunity of education to community members who need and want literacy. Additional information is at mid-stateliteracycouncil.org. The summer class schedule is posted. To refer an adult for tutoring or to help, please contact staff at 814-238-1809 or mslc@mid-stateliteracycouncil.org.