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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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)

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!!!

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.

2 Signe R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work with Diane Keyes and have had opportunities to see the teenagers who volunteer for Book Busters and withness their enthusiasm for this project. Not only do they bring the joy of books to other kids, they get to experience the reward of helping others. It is a win-win situation.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of observing some programs given by the Literacy Alliance. The are fun, lively and filled with joy. Best of all the kids are learning through this activity. Overall it is a wonderful experience!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Diane for all the hard work you do with the Literacy Alliance.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watched the Literacy Alliance present a show in the mall. The show consisted of a puppet show presented by young adults, and science demonstration by one of the staff members. Many children gathered to see the show, and were highly entertained. Each part of the show highlighted a book and let the children into being interested in the stories and information in the books. In this age of electronics, it was heartening to see a inspiring young children to read. In my own personal experience, a love of reading leads directly to success in life. I highly recommend supporting this group's worthy efforts.

2 Mona4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When The Literacy Alliance works with the kids it serves, they shine! You can see this on their website, and be truly grateful for the volunteers for this organization, as well as for the valuable experiences they bring to these youths. I have had the opportunity to work with some of the volunteers of The Literacy Alliance in various settings and know their dedication to the children, and their work ethic. When we sometimes wonder, "what can we do?" for children who have been in unusually discordant or lacking situations, here is a great example! My heart rejoices to see the children get involved in reading, literature and skits, rather than problems! Thank you, thank you! to The Literacy Alliance for helping these young people learn more about "intangibles" such as their intrinsic worth and talents and ability to contribute to others.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I assisted with a fundraising event benefitting The Literacy Alliance. One of the ladies in attendance was extremely hard of hearing, but her children can hear. This mother told me how much the reading program meant to her and to her children. Because of her inability to clearly enunciate, teaching her children to read was a real challenge. The Literacy Alliance has been able to help her.
If you have the opportunity to meet any of the ladies involved with this organization, you are in for a real treat. They are genuinely passionate about sharing the gift of reading and making it as fun as possible.