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.

Successful adult literacy education is essential to the well-being of Morgan County, because learners are able to reach goals that enable them to break the poverty cycle by:

  • Helping them get a job 
  • Helping their children succeed in school 
  • Helping them get off welfare and achieve a liveable income 
  • Helping them learn the English language 
  • Helping them obtain high equivalency (TASC -- Test Assessing Secondary Completion, the new national high school equivalency exam as of 2015), and receive additional training and education towards a chosen career field

Literacy Matters!

Did you know that in Indiana someone without a high school diploma or equivalency makes on average $8,000 less a year than someone with a high school diploma or equivalency?

Someone with an an associate's degree makes an additional $8,000 than someone who only has a high school diploma. And, that number more than doubles to $17,000 more for someone with a bachelor's degree. Literacy matters!

The Coalition for Literacy would like to do more! On April 2, 2015 Home Bank donated $15,000 to the Coalition for Literacy as part of the bank's gifting program, which directs 10% of its earnings to initiatives addressing needs in the community. This gift also received the benefit of the $0.50-For-$1 Lilly Endowment Matching Gift through your Community Foundation of Morgan County. That's an additional $7,500 thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment. These funds will go towards hiring a part-time director in order to further the mission and values of the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy.

Want to help further the literacy and education 

of adults in Morgan County?

Thanks to the generosity of the Lilly Endowment, all donations to the Morgan County Coalition for Literacy will be matched 50 cents on the $1! What does this mean for you? Simple, You donate $25, and the Lilly Endowment will match your donation with $12.50. Feeling generous? Donate $100, and the Lilly Endowment will match your gift with $50.

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