LITERACY GREEN BAY INC

Rating: 5 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services, Immigration

Location: 424 S Monroe Ave Room 5 Green Bay WI 54301 USA

Mission: To help adults and families acquire the reading, writing, math, English language, computer, and workforce skills they need to be fully functioning community members.

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Rating: 5 stars  

From 2008-2013, I was a volunteer tutor at Literacy Green Bay for a delightful student from Mexico. If I hadn't left the Green Bay area, I would still be tutoring there. Nevertheless, I am trying to contribute to the organization from a distance by overseeing a materials development project taken on by a university MATESOL student. The reasons I remain connected to Literacy Green Bay and would like to help the organization are many. Literacy Green Bay provides a valuable service to those people wanting to improve reading skills, learn English, study for the GED, or prepare for citizenship. Having better educated residents, in turns, helps the greater Green Bay area. Above all, the programs at Literacy Green Bay are well-organized and pedagogically sound. The small staff who make everything happen are very dedicated and professional. They provide training, ongoing assistance, and professional development to all their volunteer tutors and always with enthusiasm and a smile. I am truly happy that I got involved with Literacy Green Bay.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a tutor for 8 years, working with a woman from Mexico. She wanted to be able to speak, read, and understand English to better function in the US. She has met many of my goals for her, but not all of them for herself, so we continue to meet twice a week for 3 hours. The literacy organization makes my job easier by supplying materials and advice and a place to meet, plus sponsoring events throughout the year that help both the tutors and the students. They provide such an amazing service for the immigrants who want to fit into our society. I receive so much satisfaction from my interaction with my student and all the kind folks at Literacy Green Bay. I hope to be able to tutor for many years to come.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Green Bay helps adult English language learners by giving them initial English language instruction and then by pairing them with a volunteer mentor who has been trained to help the learner read, write and speak the English language and improve their math skills. Literacy Green Bay supports tutors and supplies them with curriculum at the learner's level. I have met weekly with two learners, one from India and one from Mexico, over the past three years. My learners are exceedingly motivated, completing their assignments despite their busy home and work schedules. The improvements they have made in their English language skills have translated into job promotions with higher pay and a higher quality of life for both them and their families. Learners can also study for their GED or for citizenship exams. As a volunteer tutor, I have the opportunity to make a new friend and learn about another culture while sharing my English language skills. I cannot speak highly enough about the good work of Literacy Green Bay that helps learners gain the skills to make life-long improvements in their lives!

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Literacy Green Bay helps adult English language learners break down communication barriers so that they can use their skills to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. Literacy Green Bay expertly prepares and equips volunteer mentors to teach English language skills and GED preparation. Literacy Green Bay also partners with other local agencies so that the children of their adult learners can be simultaneously engaged in learning. As a mentor, I've found my students to be highly motivated and have enjoyed learning about their cultures as we work together. I find it truly rewarding when students surpass their learning goals or receive job promotions due to their improved skills.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of employer on-site tutoring opportunities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Literacy Green Bay for close to four years as a volunteer tutor. From the first communication I had with the organization expressing interesting in becoming a tutor, everyone has been professional and helpful and that continues on today. Even when I had to step away from tutoring for a while, they were accommodating to my needs. The work they do with the adult learners is exceptional. Adult learners are reaching the goals they've set for themselves; earning their GED, advancing in their employment, or becoming US citizens. It's a great organization and one I'm very proud to be associated with and supportive of!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member of Literacy Green Bay for five years and I am always impressed with the organization. We have many volunteers that donate several hours of their week to Literacy Green Bay and it shows...we have a great success rate of students achieving their goals, they are offered jobs, receive promotions and many have learned to read to their children in English. We are also helping adults receive their GEDs, which allows them to apply for better jobs, which results in better wages for them and their families. If you can't read, it is hard to succeed; we help people read and write so that they can accomplish all their dreams and goals! Beyond that, our tutors continue tutoring for years and years, forming lifelong friendships with their students.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I am board member for Literacy Green Bay because I believe in the organization, staff and volunteer tutors. Our volunteers spend countless hours every year tutoring adults and children. Adults are assisted in basic skills, such as reading, writing and math, that help them attain better jobs, be better parents and contribute to society as a whole. While parents are being tutored, young children are cared for and/or school age children receive tutoring as well. We empower, we are inclusive and we collaborate with other agencies to help build a great community of citizens in Green Bay.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Literacy Green Bay for almost six years and I continue to be amazed by the support our organization receives both from the community and individual volunteers giving their time to be tutors. Our current Executive Director has been involved with Literacy Green Bay for over 20 years and she is as passionate and energetic today as she was when she started. She has an in depth understanding of the needs in our community and what our organization needs to provide to meet those needs.

It's so rewarding to see the impact that our services have on the lives and families of our students. They are so determined to work hard to improve their English Language skills enabling them to provide for their families and be active, contributing members of our community. The pride and confidence that is gained through their education is very inspiring.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I was attracted to the Literacy GB board of directors because it was a chance to become involved in an organization tackling a fundamental issue for NE WI. Literacy GB gives the students a chance to improve the english (and other) skills that are crucial for their advancement in their educational and workforce careers. While area classrooms and workplaces benefit from better communication, the whole community benefits from the increased opportunities for day to day human interaction.

As Green Bay moves forward through the changing social and economic patterns of the mid-21st century, we have to strengthen our community by increasing the cooperation and interaction between the diverse cultural and ethnic groups. Removing language barriers and allowing involvement in work and school life are key to pulling the community together.

The staff and tutors are dedicated to the cause and it shows.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase capacity!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I am extremely proud of my affiliation and Board Membership with Literacy Green Bay. Sometimes I feel that people underestimate the important work Literacy does and the contributions they make to our community. It is so inspiring to hear how the classes, tutors and staff have helped people not just with their English skills, but with helping them to integrate into our community and become active participants. It helps to make them better, more productive parents, employees and citizens. It helps them to truly feel part of their community and this country. And the pride that they exhibit tells us that what we are doing is truly meaningful.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I became a member of the Board of Directors for Literacy Green Bay I have been impressed with the amount of life changing programs that are offered by the organization. We are meeting the needs of an often overlooked population in our community and for that I am proud to be associated with this organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the organizations capacity and make sure that more community members knew about the awesome work that we are doing. There is such a need for the services that Literacy Green Bay provides.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

While there are other great non-profits out there, Literacy Green Bay is my favorite! I joined the Board of Directors almost six years ago and have enjoyed seeing this organization give so much back to individuals as well as strengthening the members of our Green Bay community. The work that the LGB staff, volunteers and board members do gives me hope that we still live in a world that truly cares about helping others become self-sufficient and better geared to be fully functional adults, parents and employees. I look forward to staying involved in this organization after my second term is up, becoming a tutor to continue to give back to this great non-profit.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to find enough tutors to assist those on the waiting list to become students of LGB.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

There are not many organizations within Green Bay that provide the type of services that Literacy Green Bay does that can essentially change the lives of the participants which in essence, reshape the community that we live in.

Literacy Green Bay not only provides participants with skills training in many areas but also the encouragement that is necessary to help individuals want to become better parents, employees as well as community members.

I am lucky to be on the board for this organization to personally hear about and view the progress that is made daily by those who participate in the programs as well as the devotion of the staff and many volunteers that the organization needs in order to keep the mission alive.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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