Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate the best parts of the human spirit. It is a day to reflect on community, to consider the bigger picture, and to give back to the organizations that provide crucial services to people in need.
This year, Giving Tuesday falls on November 29th. Charities and non-profit businesses all over the world participate in the day, and to great success so far in Giving Tuesday's short history. In just four years total donations made on Giving Tuesday have increased from $10 million in 2012 to just shy of $117 million in 2015. Donors find extra joy in joining the global generosity movement, sharing their gifts with their communities on this designated day.
The Brunner Literacy Center's goal is to raise $2,000 on Giving Tuesday 2016, and to raise $5,000 by the end of the year. Every amount helps the BLC to continue to provide educational services and materials to our students free of charge. To donate to the BLC and support adult literacy in Dayton, please click here to go to our secure donation form.
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In September 2016, the Brunner Literacy Center reached out to local government officials in Dayton, Ohio to do something special to honor the spirit of the day.
The Brunner Literacy Center's new site on Brown Street has officially opened its doors! Located at 1046 Brown St, within walking distance of the University of Dayton, BLC Brown Street operates in partnership with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley who are generously donating spaces for the BLC to conduct tutoring sessions. A second partnership site at 922 Riverview Ave is scheduled to open in January 2017.
While the Brunner Literacy Center on Salem Avenue offers a wide array of program options, BLC Brown Street takes a specific focus: ESOL instruction for refugees who have resettled in the Dayton area. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is an area of critical need for people who move to the United States seeking better lives for themselves and their families.
Sr. Paula Gero, Program Coordinator for the Brunner Literacy Center's Catholic Social Services sites, empathizes with the difficulties brought on by language barriers and is excited about bringing English language skills to people in need in Dayton. Sr. Paula explains, "I am really looking forward to this new challenge. The Brown Street ESOL program is a unique opportunity to help our newest community members. I remember how intimidated I was during the week I spent in Paris - and I had studied French for years! If our new site can help people to feel comfortable (and understood!), it will be well worth the work the whole BLC team has put into it."
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