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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To help adults in each community become economically self-sufficient, employable, and able to continue on to higher levels of education.

Results: Since start up, 7/1/2009, OCCLC has served 60 adult learners to improve a skill or advance into the adult education program across the three counties in which it provides one-on-one tutoring

Target demographics: All adults 18 and older currently functioning on a 6th grade level of education and below in reading, writing, math/problem solving, and English as a Second Language

Direct beneficiaries per year: unlimited

Geographic areas served: Ouachita Co., Union Co., Calhoun Co.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am just getting started as a tutor for the OCCLC. I have worked with a student whose first language is Spanish. At first, the main goal for tutoring was to enhance his basic writing skills. Eventually, we bagan working on conversational skills. It was important to him to not only communicate through writing but to also learn the most basic topics to use in casual conversation. I enjoyed working with this student and helping him accomplish his goals. OCCLC has a lot to offer ESL students who just want to make a valuable contribution to the community that they have chosen to call home.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I consider education as the bedrock of any prosperous and thriving society and the OCCLC's drive in providing adults with free basic education is simply an act of human resource empowerment and a potent seed of individual and societal wellbeing. If the objectives of OCCLC are met the effects would be multi-sectoral. For instance, there would be able manpower to attract jobs and investment drives in our counties; more tax dollars would be available in the counties. Social safety/health campaign programs would be more meaningful and better imparted to a society with more educated populace. It is with above views that one is motivated to become a volunteer and i urge all hands to support OCCLC by way of finances, time and logistics to help plant and nurture this seed of education in our communities.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We held a program at the Boys & Girls Club of El Dorado (BGCE). There were churches, community organizations and civic groups involved. Groups such as Smackover Pride youth group, Zion Watch Baptist Church, and Starlight PAW Team(Praise and Worship). The SMART Leaders of BGCE joined others to stuff bags and set up for the performances. We then as a group marched to the CASA Office to present the bags. We should look at time and other services that we could have previded along with the information bags. Over all we have a great first experience.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Was paired with a young lady who wanted to improve her reading, vocabulary, and spelling skills so that she could work towards getting her GED. I have bonded with her and have watched her become a better reader each time we meet. Her self-esteem and confidence has improved tremendously. I am confident that she will be successful in reaching her academic goals.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I enjoy helping others. This is part of my lifestyle and to help someone improve their reading, writing or math skills is a big enjoyment for me, especiall if this will help them to improve their position in life. There are several adults in this small town who could benefit from our help and the OCCLC has played an outstanding in promoting this organization and their benefit to the community.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first wonderful exciting experience was the Martin Luther King, Jr.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped an older gentleman begin his journey in literacy. I started off with the sounds of each alphabet. He began to put small words together. He also started reading road signs.