Appreciation for Volunteers that Empower Adults through Literacy
The LIU12 Franklin County Literacy Council hosted a volunteer appreciation luncheon on April 23rd at Hoss' Steak and Sea House. The program was highlighted by memories from 25 years of literacy service that were shared by Lois Strayer and Anne Barton. The literacy council was founded in 1985 with a grant from the Gannett Company. The council is currently supported by the PA Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, United Way, and community donors.
Volunteer spirit was honored by guest speaker Amy Hicks the Executive Director of Franklin County United Way. In attendance were community leaders including Bernice Crouse, Franklin and Fulton County Library System; Doug Harmon, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce; and Jan Zimmerman, Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Volunteers were honored for the 3200 hours of service provided to 105 adult students to improve literacy. Marie Steinbacher, council coordinator, expressed appreciation for the dedication that literacy volunteers show as they work with adult learners. .
The following service awards were also presented at the luncheon:
Tutor Achievement - Richard Mowen
Exceptional Tutor Service Award - Linda Jensen
Lifetime Service - Anne Barton
Literacy Volunteer Excellence Award - Pennie Helman
The LIU12 Franklin County Literacy Council was established in 1985 by a handful of volunteers. Eighty volunteers currently assist the council to improve literacy for our county. Each year the council serves over one hundred students as they seek to reach life goals. The council regularly holds volunteer trainings. If you would like to attend training or volunteer to support literacy please call Marie Steinbacher at 717-504-4459 Ext 3504.