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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of Central Florida residents by providing educational resources, programs, and training opportunities through in-person presentations and the Internet. Targeting at-risk children and adults, we encourage them to reach their highest potential by discovering the rewards and joy of reading.

Results: In 2013, we provided eleven different types of programs, 239 times to approximately 4,000 individuals in 40 different facilities. There were 40 different individual volunteers whose efforts totaled 2,200 volunteer hours. The Literacy Alliance was founded on high quality literacy programs that benefit the community. Providing these programs have been and always will be our highest goal. The literacy needs of the community are an important issue and it is our hope to address those needs more fully with each passing year.

Target demographics: children enjoy literature.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4000 children and teens enjoy reading by providing 240 programs.

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

Programs: Book Busters Science Fun Eugene Gregory Production Crew Boys Town Middle School Booktalks Third Grade Summer Booktalks Homeless Shelter Preschool/Kindergarten Story Time Juvenile Detention Center

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The volunteers at the Literacy Alliance have provided my students with incredible and engaging lessons that encourage reading for some of the area's most troubled youth. They have donated countless books to our library and inspired kids to read, write and share. A letter from a student:

Dear Ms. Keyes,
Thank you for joining us while we are in JDC. I really appreciated your time and presence because I know that was a privilege and you weren’t required to come in and talk to us. You taught me some things about reading to children that I was unaware of, I learned that they have to hear a word 9-14 times to learn a word and I also learned to not allow children up to 3 watch TV which is more important than most people realize, from now on I am going to take more of my time to read to my 2 young siblings to expand their vocabulary and all the other benefits that reading does.

Once again thank you for coming in and talking to us and getting my mind off things, I remember you from coming into one of my schools. I enjoy reading books in my interest so also thank you for the book, you’re really nice and welcoming and have a bright smile that brings joy. Thank you.

1 Maggie39

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with The Literacy Alliance for 4 years now, and I have loved it. It has taught me so many things and I can say with confidence that this is one of the best Nonprofits ever! The Literacy Alliance has touched the lives so many kids, adults, and volunteers. It truly is a great nonprofit and I hope everyone see that.

1 Maite U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My teenage son has enjoyed a one-month stay in Florida with the Keyes family to practice the language and learn about life in USA. In this way he could know The Literacy Alliance and had an enriching volunteer work. Diane showed him the value of helping the community and the importance of never quitting the reading. My compliments to the organization for a wonderful job.

Maite Uriarte (Spain)

1 CamillaO.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with The Literacy Alliance for almost two years now and all I can say is that it brings me joy to be volunteering with an organization so involved in spreading the word about the importance of reading to children. They are consistently having programs at schools, libraries, hospitals etc. and at every event there are always smiles put on kid's faces. The amount of effort put into the creation of these nonprofit programs is all in an attempt to make the shows worth watching. The kids are always involved in at least one "skit" and there is always an attempt to engage them with the activity being shown. I wouldn't change volunteering with The Literacy Alliance for anything, it's a fun and intriguing way to be engaged in my community. Please support them! :)

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Literacy Alliance is a well run volunteer organization that does wonderful work with teens. I highly recommend supporting them.

2 Laurel8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have observed Literacy Alliance since its inception. It is a wonderful group and they do amazing programs to promote reading and enjoyment for children from all works of life. A definate worthwhile group with all that they are accomplishing!!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

as a volunteer for the lit alliance i had so much fun going to daycare facilities and putting on shows for the kids. they always remembered us from last time and were so excited to see us perform again. the literacy alliance is a wonderful organization that makes reading fun and accessible to the audience.

3 Alexis P.

Donor

Rating: 5

When I hear & see all of the amazing things the LA is involved with, I can't help but be impressed. Kids of all ages and backgrounds are better off because of Diane and her hard-working volunteers.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last week I brought my daughter who has ADHD to the library to see the Bookbusters. The program was so fun and entertaining that she was engaged the whole time. And even though she often has anxiety about getting in front of others she felt very comfortable participating and getting involved. It was such a cool and creative show! She doesn't usually like to spend time with books but she loved the books presented with the puppets. I think it's awesome that the Bookbusters go out into the community and bring the library to kids who usually don't get to go. It's also great the way they make books fun for kids who sometimes struggle with the challenge of reading.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Literacy Alliance has brought many smiles, giggles, and pure enjoyment to over 100 primary grade students, and their teachers, in my school. Through puppet shows, music with story books, magic, and much more my students experienced how fun it is to read! I am forever thankful to The Literacy Alliance for helping me instill a love of learning and reading in young readers.