Sponsor the 2021 Leaders in Literacy Digital Campaign
"I understand things more when I read and when people talk to me. How I speak has changed, too. Before, I could think of the words and ideas I wanted to say, but I wasn't sure how to pronounce them. Now I can say them.”
-- Paula, Adult Literacy Student
Every spring, the Durham Literacy Center holds its annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast to bring together our community in support of our vision of a Durham where every adult has the power to change their lives and their community through literacy. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shifted this event online, but we were undeterred, with over 125 supporters joining live from their homes to learn how we as an agency were responding to the crisis and hear stories of our students’ perseverance and determination to continue their education in the midst of a global pandemic.
On May 25th, 2021, we will come together again for the e-Leaders in Literacy Virtual Breakfast. The focus of this year’s event will be on digital access and equity issues during the pandemic and beyond. Alongside the virtual event, we will be running a fundraising campaign to support our work. This campaign will include contact with existing constituents and community members via direct mail, email, social media, and the DLC’s website. Last year’s event hosted 125 live attendees, 650 local households received direct mail communications, 3,150 people received email communications, and 4,300 people were reached during social media advertising.
You can get involved by becoming a sponsor of this year’s e-Leaders in Literacy Virtual Breakfast. Click here to view details about sponsorship levels and benefits. Most of our students are low-income and at particular risk right now, including many immigrants and refugees. The educational services that we provide will be even more important post-pandemic, as these individuals work to get back on their feet. In addition, with the dropout rate predicted to rise nationwide due to learning loss caused by the pandemic, we predict a greatly increased need for our high school equivalency programs in the months and years to come.
With your support, the Durham Literacy’s staff and volunteers have continued to provide instruction, resources, and support remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping adults in Durham gain the skills and credentials that they need to obtain living wage employment, understand vital health literacy information, access supportive services, and achieve their professional and personal goals. We sincerely hope you will choose to support this campaign and become a Leader in Literacy. Together, we can ensure that our community has an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with equal access to opportunity for all.