With renewed energy, board growth and a dynamic strategic plan, Literacy Delaware is firing all cylinders to combat Delaware’s literacy issues. A vision of “Empowering all Delawareans through Literacy”, is an audacious goal, but tackling Delaware’s literacy challenges takes grit and determination. The support of the Welfare Foundation was paramount in enabling the organization to focus on creating a strategic plan, redefining its mission and implementing the plan.
“Adult literacy is still our area of focus.”, says Executive Director Cindy Shermeyer. “What has changed for us is that we have a strategic plan driving our work forward.”
Literacy Delaware’s founding roots began in 1983 as Literacy Volunteers of America/Wilmington Library Affiliate. Establishing a non- profit status in 2001, the organization rebranded to Literacy Volunteers Serving Adults (LVSA). After expanding to Kent and Sussex counties in 2015, it once again rebranded to Literacy Delaware, a better representation of its statewide work.
The new strategic plan is forward thinking in the organization’s sustainability, visibility and synergies to leverage community partnerships to reach more adults and families in the state. Literacy is a factor in almost every social challenge we face - poverty, social justice, healthcare. We are so very grateful to the Welfare Foundation for believing in us and also PMG Strategies for guiding these next big steps in our future, adds Shermeyer.
Literacy Delaware advances literacy through training, tutoring, English language acquisition and advocacy for all Delawareans.
Cindy Shermeyer, Executive Director, 302.658.5624 / email@example.com