Give the Gift of Joy this holiday season
Help change lives through literacy
There are over 225,000 adults and teens in our community who read at or below a 4th grade level. Many already have their high school diplomas but still lack the literacy skills needed to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.
Joy is the ability to lift themselves out of frustration and despair. Joy is working hard, being determined to overcome obstacles, and putting the missing pieces together to become the best versions of themselves.
We have students waiting to learn, and volunteers ready to teach. We need your support to match them up. Any gift you can make – no matter how large or small – can help create an opportunity for someone to change their life through literacy today.
Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!
Tuesday, December 3 marked the second annual #GivingTuesday™. Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We appreciate all of you who helped us spread the word about this campaign and made a mobile donation to support Literacy Kansas City.
Many thanks to Fox 4 News for helping us promote our #GivingTuesday campaign. Check out the YouTube video below:
Mark Your Calendar!
Books, Brains, and Boulevard: Literacy Kansas City’s First Annual Trivia Night
Monday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Boulevard Brewing Co.
Join us for a fun night full of trivia, Spelling Bee speed rounds, awesome prizes, pizza, and (of course) Boulevard Beer!
Click here for more event details and to RSVP!
Rainy Day Books: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Friday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at Unity Temple on the Plaza
Pulitzer Prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin will discuss her latest book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Representatives from Literacy Kansas City will be present at this event to promote literacy in our community.
Click here for more information about this event!
Shop the Literacy Kansas City Jewelry Collection from Hang Ups in KC!
Exciting news! Literacy Kansas City has partnered with Hang Ups in KC to help spread the word about the need for literacy in our community. Hang Ups — a maker of handmade jewelry, ornaments, cards & gifts — has created a line of jewelry just for us. The Literacy Kansas City Collection features necklaces, bracelets and earrings — using vintage and repurposed items — that celebrate the joy of reading with inspirational words and quotes. A portion of every sale from this exclusive line of jewelry will go to Literacy Kansas City.
Kristi and Carolyn, the brains behind Hang Ups, are passionate about literacy. Both love to read and believe that everyone should have the same opportunity. Their designs reflect their enthusiasm and love for reading, and we couldn’t be happier with the results!
We are thrilled to be working with these two women who share our vision of literacy for all. ‘Like’ our Facebook page to receive updates and share this exciting news with your friends and family. And visit Hang Ups in KC now to start shopping — the jewelry comes just in time for the holidays. Give the gift of literacy!
Literacy Kansas City’s GEARS Completer Celebration
Wednesday, December 11 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at MCC- PennValley
Come celebrate the Literacy Kansas City students who have graduated from the GEARS program and are ready to enroll in college-level classes at MCC- Penn Valley!
Featuring guest speaker Toriano Porter, St. Louis-based journalist and author of James Cool and The Pride of Park Avenue.
Thursday, April 24, 2013 in the Pierson Auditorium, UMKC Student Success Center
Click here for the latest details about how YOU can be a part of the Bee!
Click here to sign up your team online today – only 20 spots available!
You can make a difference!
Thank you for your interest in Literacy Kansas City. We need your help! Would you like to become a literacy tutor? Would you like to make a donation? Or are you simply looking for information about the organization? Everything you need is right here!
Students are waiting for YOU!
Tutor training workshops are scheduled regularly throughout the year – see the side bar to the left of the page for upcoming dates and times. We currently have a waiting list for students who have met requirements to be assigned a tutor – these students are standing by, waiting to begin their journey toward becoming better readers and they need your help!
Ready to get started? Complete the volunteer application and Literacy Kansas City’s Volunteer Manager will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the next steps in becoming involved with Literacy Kansas City. Volunteers are the heart and soul of this organization – we can’t wait to hear from you!
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