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.



Our volunteer tutors donated 5097 hours of instruction in the last program year.


We trained 55 new volunteer tutors in the last program year.


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

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. 


We are partners with the Delaware Division of Libraries and work with libraries throughout the state. 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

Cynthia Shermeyer
Executive Director
Susan Trzonkowski
Program Assistant
Paula Setting
Administrative Assistant
Victoria Golden
Kent County Coordinator
Dale Ashera-Davis
Sussex County Coordinator
Jackie Filak
Marketing and Communications Consultant
Leslie McGowan
Operations Coordinator

Board of Directors

Board Chair   Diane Frentzel
Vice Chair   Greg O'Neill
Treasurer   Mouli Ravilla
  Dan Cruce
  Colin Murphy
  Dr. Annie Norman
  Staci Price

Kathleen Seeman


James Spadola






Thank You to Our Partners and 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.