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CFMC Fund of the Month: Morgan County Coalition for Literacy

Dan Moore, President and CEO of Home Bank, presents a check in the amount of $15,000 to representatives of the Morgan County Coalition for Adult Literacy. Shown at the check presentation (left to right), Pat Dinneson, Dick Newcomer, Elizabeth Koschnick, Dan Moore, Becky Strange, Janice Kistler, Ruth Rusie, Virginia Jensen, and Sharon Goins. Not pictured, but present were Danie Becknell and Joan Maxfield. Not in attendance are Jim Griggs and Patti Siemental.

This month we are proud to showcase the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy (MCCL), an organization which promotes the rights and responsibilities of Morgan County citizens to be able to function at an adequate literacy level. The MCCL recruits, trains, and supports volunteer tutors throughout Morgan County, with trainings held throughout the year and tutor gatherings every other month. The aim of the Coalition is to increase awareness of problems associated with low levels of literacy and to promote a culture of literacy in Morgan County.

Literacy is directly tied to poverty, as illiterate adults are more vulnerable to ill heath, exploitation, and unemployment and lower wages. Unable to read or write, illiterate adults are stunted from reaching their full potential. Illiteracy locks communities into vicious cycles of poverty that lay the conditions for violence and strife.

Hardly Trivial: A Success!

Thank you! Because of your support, our second annual "Hardly Trivial" Trivia Fundraiser was a smashing success once again. Eleven teams tested their trivia knowledge at this fun team competition to win prizes and bragging rights. This event was open to anyone interested in having fun and supporting their Community Foundation.

Plus, participants helped to impact grant making at the CFMC, raising $7,857 between team registrations and sponsorships. Thanks to the $1-to-$1 match courtesy of a generous Lilly Endowment matching grant a total of $15,714 will benefit non-profit programming in Morgan County through arts and matching grants.