About Literacy Delaware

Why Are We Needed in Delaware?


We Reach Adults in Need throughout Delaware.

We assist adult learners to realize their potential as confident, self-sufficient, and productive employees, supportive parents, and engaged community members.


Mission: Advancing literacy through training, tutoring, English language acquisition and advocacy for all Delawareans.


Vision: Empowering all Delawareans through Literacy.



We reach adults who speak 27 of different languages, including English


Over 90% of our learners achieve at least one

of their goals.


Our volunteers provide 775+ hours of instruction to learners annually 

We Serve Learners Throughout the State

Our learners live in all three counties in Delaware: New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County.


We Partner with Community Organizations and Libraries to Advocate for all Delawareans

We cannot do our work alone.  Our community partnerships are essential to increase our reach in the community and build a strong continuum of services to serve adults in need in Delaware.  Partner organizations help with learner and tutor recruitment and provide meeting space. We leverage partnerships to deliver innovative programming initiatives.  Our main offices are in the Wilmington Public Library.

We respect the diversity of our learners and embrace their diverse backgrounds, countries and languages.  

We reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for all people, no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, language and culture.  We believe literacy is the great equalizer to pave the path for social justice.  We will continue to leverage our resources to impact and empower those we serve through literacy instruction.


Meet Our Staff

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Cynthia Shermeyer

Executive Director

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Susan Trzonkowski

Program Assistant

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Paula Setting

Administrative Assistant

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Victoria Golden

Kent County Coordinator

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Dale Ashera-Davis

Sussex County Coordinator

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Jackie Filak

Marketing and
Communications Consultant

Board of Directors

Board Chair   Carole D. Bailey
Treasurer   Robert E. Bailey
  Dan Cruce
  Diane Frentzel
  Judy Mellen
  Dr. Annie Norman
  Greg O’Neill
  Dina Sanchez

Thank You to Our Supporters


Learn More About How to Help Today

We rely on trained volunteer tutors to reach adults in need in Delaware.


We  need sponsors to support program delivery, particularly unique programs such as digital literacy, health literacy, family literacy, etc. 


The majority of our funds are spent on program delivery. The majority of our funding comes from foundations and small donors. Help us increase our reach to adults in need in Delaware. Help us increase our impact.