Ouachita Calhoun Counties Literacy Council
May 30, 2010
OCCLC was reestablished in 2009 and it is a solid organization with a strong, outstanding Board of Directors. It receives superb support from the community's college, SAU Tech; SAU Tech's Adult Education program; and many community agencies and organizations that recognize the great need for adult literacy services to exist in the tri-county areas it serves. OCCLC began providing free one-on-one tutoring services and learning material to adults functioning on or below a 6th grade level of education in the areas of reading, writing, math/problem-solving, and English as a Second Language. It has been wonderful watching people get excited about having the additional help and resources they need and that will help them reach their goals. Although OCCLC has done awesome work in its first restart-up year through training 47 tutors, and providing literacy services to 50 adult learners, there is much ahead to do to meet the needs of all adult learners in the three, predominately rural areas in which it serves. OCCLC has the opportunity to change individual lives and the face of each community.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Because women, unfortunately, are the first to readily admit they need help, OCCLC has been able to realize results of its services to more women so far. Mothers are showing up and taking steps towards higher levels of education for career/job options.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Being a member in a circle of people who cares about adult literacy and takes action to get adult literacy improved in their communities.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Change many lives
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I joined OCCLC as an AmeriCorps member to provide capacity building efforts at the restart of the council, and was recently named Executive Director by the Board of Directors. I have also been able to provide one-on-one tutoring to a few adult learners.