The Racine Literacy Council (RLC) launched the “Campaign for Literacy in Racine County” on February 9, 2015 in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Current and former board members and volunteers gathered to unveil the organization’s anniversary logo and learn about the plans for the upcoming year. The year-long celebration includes a capital campaign that will address the RLC’s current and future financial needs.
The Campaign’s purpose is to raise funds to:
- Pay off the mortgage
- Make necessary upgrades and repairs to the current facility
- Establish a reserve fund for technology needs
- Secure the program’s future by increasing the RLC Endowment Fund
The Campaign goal is $450,000. “The Racine Literacy Council has played an important role in the growth of the Racine community for the past 50 years, and it’s important that we continue these programs and services in the future,” said Don Cress, RLC Board President. “It’s amazing to think that more than 1,300 volunteers have provided free, one-to-one and small group tutoring to over 10,000 adults in those five decades. “When you consider that one in six adults in Racine County has low English literacy skills, there is definitely more work to be done. This capital campaign will certainly allow us to continue this important work.”
The RLC will officially recognize its 50th Anniversary on October 4, 2015, at the Racine Marriott Hotel as donors, current and former students, volunteers, board members, and staff gather together to celebrate the occasion. Individuals or organizations wishing to support the campaign may do in honor or in memory of a person. Other opportunities include naming rights for areas of the building that include tutoring spaces, a computer lab room, and engraved bricks. Donors may also sponsor a Racine Literacy Council student for a year.
“We are certainly proud of our many accomplishments over the past 50 years, but we are also well aware of the importance of ensuring the RLC’s sustainability for the future,” offered RLC Executive Director, Kay Gregor, addressing the significance of the Capital Campaign. “We want to make sure that the organization and its program continues to flourish.”