The BLC has received a gift of just over $1500 from AT&T Ohio.
Mark Romito, Director of External Affairs for AT&T Ohio, visited the Brunner Literacy Center on Wednesday, September 7th to present a check of $1,561.00. These funds are a wonderful asset that will help the BLC to continue our daily operations and keep our services free of charge to our students.
You may notice that the amount of the check is a bit unorthodox. During his visit, Mark explained that by the time BLC grant writer Sr. Ruth Ann Meyer contacted him, she must have gone through every website and back channel possible to get there. Her persistence encouraged AT&T to take notice of the Brunner Literacy Center's positive contributions to the community, education, and workforce development. As a result, AT&T made a gift of its remaining community funds that were available, which happened to total the $1,561 shown.
This story comes as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with Sr. Ruth Ann's considerable tenacity and skillful research. Prior to her work with the BLC, Sr. Ruth Ann, who has her PhD in mathematics, worked as an academic researcher and grant writer for Western Michigan University. She has brought phenomenal success to the BLC, achieving a grant response rate of around 60%. Typical response rates hover around 20%. Sr. Ruth Ann's success rate is a strong testament to the importance of the literacy services being provided by the BLC.
We acknowledge with sincere gratitude the efforts made by Sr. Ruth Ann Meyer, AT&T, and Mark Romito to further our mission of bringing literacy skills to adults in Dayton.