I am fortunate to work at Literacy Green Bay and get to hear all the success stories of the students. Some of the successes could be: becoming a citizen, getting their GED, and even getting a library card. You can see them building self-confidence growing with each hurdle they conquer. Thank you Literacy Green Bay for being a pillar in the community.
Literacy Green Bay is a perfect place to share my love of reading and desire to work with diverse people. Often, I feel like I Learn more from my learners than they learn from me!
The joy of walking together on the journey to English proficiency and beyond is truly one of the best things I can do with my time.
My mother, Marie Fonder, was a volunteer with the Literacy Council for 23 years. During that time, she tutored, did evaluations and served as a teaching assistant in the classroom. Mom loved meeting the people she worked with and especially admired the immigrants who had traveled far to find a better way of life for themselves and their families. In spite of her gift of time, Mom frequently said that she received more than she gave and treasured her moments with those whom she met.
Submitted by Barb Derenne, one of Marie's 7 daughters. Marie passed away on October 10, 2020.
Literacy Green Bay helps so many people realize the power of reading and what an impact it can have in our lives. Learning to read is crucial-child or adult-and it brings me great pride that I am involved with an organization that is making such a different in peoples lives.
I have the privilege of seeing this organization both from the lens of a volunteer and more recently as Board Member. I've been impressed by the level of commitment in delivering quality training to volunteers who pay it forward to quality tutoring to adult learners. The lean staff is very supportive and dedicated to the success of learners. It's exciting to be a part of an organization that lives its mission each and every day...
We recognize the important role Literacy Green Bay plays in the communities where our team members live and work. JBS Green Bay believes in improving education, health, wellness and strengthening our community relations. These are the types of causes we will continue to support Literacy Green Bay.
JBS Green Bay Proud Sponsor of Literacy Green Bay.
We are proud to support Literacy Green Bay's mission to ensure every adult has the ability to read, write and comprehend.
Literacy Green Bay is a wonderful organization. The staff are so willing to help anyone regardless the circumstances. They provide students with everything they need to succeed and are driven by the successes and accomplishments of the students to continue providing the amazing work they have done thus far. Fantastic organization!
Literacy Green Bay is an amazing organization! The volunteers and staff are wonderful. Their efforts are improving the lives of the people they serve. This nonprofit organization is a value to the Green Bay, WI community.
Literacy Green Bay does more for their adult learners than just teach. This organization is deeply passionate about empowering our community's people, employees, families, and neighbors with an education that helps them chart their own path for a better life. They create opportunities for people to express themselves and thrive beyond the classroom. Literacy goes beyond reading - it is job skills, language learning, and feeling like you are an important part of your community. This organization should be proud of the gaps they fill in the lives of adult learners, and the community has immense amounts of gratitude for it.
I retired from teaching four years ago to help take care of my ailing parents. After they passed away, I had a void in my life and realized that I really missed teaching. I decided to volunteer at Green Bay Literacy and it has been an amazing experience. I was matched to Suzana Mariscal Gonzalez a year and a half ago. She is working very hard to pass her Citizenship test and in making great progress in her English skills.
Literacy Green Bay continues to provide assistance to those who wish to learn English and/or improve their English. The organization's leadership provides a great learning environment for its students and support for its volunteers.
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!
I have just started as a tutor at Literacy Green Bay. The required training program provided me with the information, tools, and confidence I needed to begin working with my first learner. She is a mother of 5 who desperately wants to improve her English speaking, reading and writing skills and has dreamed of getting an education her entire life. I am finding this to be such a rewarding experience. It is truly a privilege to be working with Literacy Green Bay to provide this much needed service to the people of our community.
Green Bay Literacy has been a great experience for this new tutor! I was trained in a very professional, informative, and courteous manner, and am happy to be sharing my knowledge/skills with my new learner. Within a few months, my learner has become more self-confident in her communication skills, and she is more capable than she thought in her writing proficiency! It’s an exciting transition to witness and share in. As an added bonus, I feel great to be helping in a really useful and tangible way.
I first volunteered as a tutor at Literacy Green Bay in 2008, and a couple of years later I took on an additional role doing testing, interviewing, and advising about curriculum placement of new students who were applying for tutors. It has been a most interesting and enriching experience to be able to meet and learn about the applicants who come from a great diversity of cultures, language backgrounds, and life experiences. Most of these people are immigrants or refugees, but a smaller number are native-born Americans who for whatever reason never developed good reading and writing skills. Invariably, they are all so appreciative and grateful for the services offered at Literacy Green Bay. The various programs offered, including one-on-one tutoring, classes, citizenship preparation, and a computer lab, make it possible to find the best option for each student. Literacy Green Bay is an invaluable asset to our Green Bay community.
I've been volunteering at Literacy Green Bay since 2008. It's a great organization that has helped thousands of people improve their language skills, self-confidence, and other skills needed for employment and more opportunities. I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from working with immigrant adults who are always so highly motivated and appreciative of the help they receive.
I have been tutoring adult students for 10 years at Literacy Green Bay and this spring reached the milestone of 1,000 hours of tutoring. I have had the pleasure of tutoring three adults, all from Mexico, and am currently tutoring Maria. My background in newspaper work and my limited knowledge of the Spanish language have helped me, but tutors are well trained and don't need similar backgrounds. I have learned so much from my students, and my wife and I have been friends with all my students. We have been invited to many Mexican family gatherings, including baptisms, first communions and a quinceanera. I highly recommend tutoring as a way to give back to your community. You'll get as much out of it as your adult student.
I have volunteered with Literacy Green Bay for over twenty (20) years as a tutor. This organization has a staff of knowledgeable, caring, involved, and supportive people. Whenever I have a question, I can depend on a suitable/workable answer. The materials provided are extremely varied, so something that works with a particular student can be found. This is a non-profit that greatly profits our community. Frank Czarnecki
Literacy Green Bay helps English language learners break down communication barriers, achieve educational degrees, and improve the quality of life for themselves, their families, and for our community! I have enjoyed sharing my English language skills with three learners from the countries of India, Mexico, and Italy. My learner from India earned two job promotions the first year we worked together because of his new ability to share his thoughts and skills through written memos and discussions. My learner from Mexico is working hard to earn her GED so that she can get a better job. My learner from Italy, who worked as a registered nurse before coming to the US, maintained a 4.0 average while earning a paraeducator degree from NWTC. She can now help students in our community schools learn and succeed. My own life has been enriched by learning firsthand about my learners' cultures, tasting the delicious foods they prepare, and sharing in their traditional family celebrations. Literacy Green Bay changes lives for the better!
I really enjoy being a volunteer tutor for Literacy Green Bay. All materials and training are provided to help me teach my motivated, adult-learners the English reading/writing/speaking skills they need as members of our community. By removing communication barriers, Literacy Green Bay learners can achieve faster job promotion and salary growth. While working together, I gain knowledge of and even share in some of my student's wonderful customs and am always amazed to hear my learners become more and more proficient in their 2nd or even 3rd language! Literacy Green Bay is about improving quality of life for our students and their families. It is a great team to be a part of!
I am a volunteer tutor for an adult English language learner. We meet 2x a week and converse together, because my learner's goal is to be a more fluent English speaker. I am also a volunteer member of the Board of Directors, serving as President for the third year. We have an active Board, striving to complete action items developed during last fall's strategic planning meetings. Literacy Green Bay has been in existence since 1981, providing valuation resources and programming to English-language learners, GED students, immigrants seeking citizenship, and other adults in search of fundamental literacy services to help improve their lives. Hundreds of volunteers support our cause as we help hundreds of adult learners every year!
I joined the Literacy Green Bay Board of Directors and was so impressed with the work this organization does, I attended the training and became a tutor. My student is an English Language Learner whose main goal is to increase her English speaking fluency. We meet twice a week for an hour and talk about all kinds of things - from politics to family and everything in between. We've been meeting for 6 months and these hour-long meetings have become the highlight of my week!
I have always loved the mission of this organization. The focus has always been on students who were underrepresented.
I tutored a lady from Mexico for 10 plus years through Lieracy Green Bay. The organization trained me, paired me with a perfect match, then supported me in any way needed with materials and advice and additional training, if desired. It was a wonderful experience.
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.
Literacy Green Bay provides opportunities for the community to grow. During my undergraduate at UW - Green Bay, I was able to spend a summer as an intern in an ESL classroom. I was able to have one on one time with students and I was even given the opportunity to teach a few classes. This internship helped me achieve my minor in linguistics/TESOL and gain experiences I could not have had anywhere else. Literacy Green Bay gives so much back to Green Bay and I am proud to have been able to work with the great staff and a wonderful organization.
I appreciate Literacy Green Bay because all the teachers have patience for every students' need. They give me help step by step. Thanks to those teacher. Today I am speaking more English.
Literacy Green Bay is a wonderful place to volunteer. Staff is very supportive and training program is fun and very informative. I am not a teacher, but I speak and read English so I can teach that. It is a job that gives back 100 times. Clients in classes and in 1:1 tutoring. are so appreciative, and it is fun and gratifying to see success in their adaptation to life in the U.S. I have been especially rewarded as students I am working with get their citizenship. Literacy Green Bay is very important in our community and everyone is welcome!
I have been a tutor for about 20 years at Literacy Green Bay. Having not been a teacher, I was unsure of my value to students initially. However, the friendships with students from many different countries and the support of the staff have made me feel of value in this volunteer opportunity. I am always happy to share my experiences with others in the hope they may want to experience what I have. Literacy Green Bay, its staff and volunteers provides a valuable contribution to the community.
Thank you for your time and commitment as a tutor ...we are pleased to know that you feel valued as a volunteer. Kathy Cornell, Exec Director
I volunteer twice a week tutoring a literacy student. I take great join and pleasure in helping this man improve his writing and reading skills. We are currently working toward his obtaining his driver's license and I am excited for the opportunities that this will afford him. I find this volunteer experience extremely rewarding.
As a long-term volunteer, I have seen the very important change that improved literacy makes. Parents get better jobs, children achieve more in school, a family can realize a bigger dream. Our clients are served with energy by learner-focused teachers and tutors. It’s an amazing program and it’s my great privilege to participate.
I've been a tutor at Literacy Green Bay for close to two years, and currently work with two students who have very different learning needs. It's been rewarding to help them work on achieving their goals. They are appreciative and determined, and understand the importance of reading/writing/etc. on their daily lives.
I currently serve on the board of directors for Literacy Green Bay and no other organization in the area has a great impact in achieving it's mission to help someone better their lives through adult literacy. The stories that are told from it's students on how their lives have changed as a result of attending classes at Literacy Green Bay are inspiring and in today's political climate, it is very refreshing to hear such success in achieving the American Dream!
I joined the Board of Directors for Literacy Green Bay in 2017. During my time with the organization, I have been continually impressed by the commitment of the team and all of our volunteers in advancing the mission of creating a community literate in the English language in Green Bay, WI. Even more so, I am truly moved by the dedication our English Language learners display on their pursuit of personal improvement through language courses, continuing education, and/or citizenship. By being part of this organization, you can feel the difference you are making.
Awesome organization! First handedly went to one of their fundraiser events where I got to witness what they do for our community. This place is needed! Wow! Such transformation in people's lives.
I'm particular with what organizations I support. After touring and learning more about what Literacy Green Bay has done, continues to do, and has plans to do for the community - I was completely impressed. So impressed, in fact, that I joined the Board of Directors to be a part of mission and vision.
Literacy GB is assisting our company in becoming a more diverse company. They have provided us guidance and completed an assessment to help us with our language needs. They made it a point to learn as much about our business and industry as they could to provide the right amount of guidance. We are extremely pleased with the services that they have and continue to offer for us.
We have been working with Literacy Green Bay for many years and have found them to be an amazing group of people - truly dedicated to giving the gift of reading to adults in our area. The stories of the people they have helped are amazing and I am proud to be a supporter of this organization!
My experience is satisfactory, Dorthy has much patience so she is good teacher. Literacy it is a peaceful place so the people are charismatic, in this place, we are learn and we are not paying, I am motivated about this opportunity.
Thank you very much.
Real, I can imagining in an experience literacy green bay,
I have been two years almost. there is different student and senior education .
they have patient .and, tray to understand as they can.
My an expectations is high.first my friend told me is there class .
I interested when they know I'm encourage they gave tutoring teach
and, helped how to achievement my hope and my family building up good
life and be some one to understand not be ignorant.
and I say high literacy Green Bay
THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING IN THE PATIENCE .I LIKE THI SCHOOL THE TEACHERS I NEED HELP BECAUSE I WANTS LEARN ENGLIS AND I WANT TO BE CITIZEN.
I like Literacy school because the teacher help me more speak, reading,write, understand and communicate people.
When star on June do not too much in the school but now I understand more.
I love the teacher because they are very beautiful and help me much.
This Organization is helping me to improve my English skill. Since i came here I learn how to write and read in English. I hope everyone will come to join us because it is a very good place for study. Even the teacher they are very nice too.
I like this school because help me a lot whit my pronunciation ,grammar,reading and writing .The teachers are so specials for me ,they are so nice respectful of the others students . i learn new things . all people works here help me all the time whit anything i need ,i really appreciate thank you
the class i like very much because understand more the conversation and help me with the grammar and i like it the teachers your creativity
I've been a teacher at Literacy Green Bay for almost 18 year, and I LOVE it! Literacy Green Bay welcomes everyone and especially helps immigrants improve their English and increase their employment skills. This service benefits the entire family and the overall community. Students are very grateful for their improved skills, thanks to Literacy Green Bay.
About three years ago I signed up for a tutor training session at Literacy Green Bay Inc. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I had a vague feeling of wanting to "give back", "to be of service", and "to make a difference". I stepped forward, unsure of what this would look like or if I would even be able to do it. The training I received was thorough and is ongoing. The staff and other volunteers from Literacy were (and are) really terrific. They have given me so many tools and resources to help me in my tutor work and are always ready with an answer for any of my questions.
More than that, they are supportive in less tangible ways, giving me the confidence to move forward into new areas of learning. I will never forget a particular time when I ran into one of my tutor trainers in a city park. At the time, I was having some doubts about whether or not I was on the right path with my learner. She listened to my story, gave me advice and offered her encouragement. What a great conversation! And what a testament to the level of commitment and passion on the part of the staff and volunteers of this organization!
Of course, the real payoff with Literacy Green Bay comes from the relationships forged between matched tutor and learner. I am continually inspired by the efforts of my learner to better himself in order to make a better life for his family. He works difficult hours at his job and in his studies, and yet maintains such a great attitude of optimism and hope. When I witness his efforts, it makes me want to "double-down" on my commitment to this organization and especially to his learning.
My time at Literacy Green Bay Inc has been more rewarding than I could ever have imagined when I began almost three years ago. I plan to continue volunteering with this organization for a long time and strongly encourage others to consider doing the same.
I have been a board member of Literacy Green Bay for more than two years , and prior to that was a tutor for several years. Literacy Green Bay provides a valuable service in the greater Green Bay community, providing English language instruction to learners of many national backgrounds, and basic reading and writing skills to American-born adults who lack those skills. All the learners are seeking a better life for themselves and their families, and realize that a knowledge of English is essential. Literacy Green Bay provides classes and individual one-on-one tutoring...and both the tutors and learners are dedicated and passionate. The organization is extremely well-run on a minimal budget, due to the dedication of its staff and volunteers. Lise G
I began as a board member/volunteer with Literacy GB not knowing the true impact that is provided. After talking with staff, current and past students, i have been enlightened to the difference the services make on the individuals and the community. Knowing I can be part of such a wonderful organization brings pride and joy.
I have ben being tutered at Literacy Green Bay for six years. When I first started coming I could not read spell or write vary well.
We have ben reading story books, writing book reports, and using flash cards. We practes word lists . We use books like Specific Skill Series and we have started doing crosswerd puzzels since it seems to help whith my spelling although my teacher says I use "inventive" spelling.
Now I am able to pick up a newspaper to read and I can shop in stores without help reading the labels.
I have holped Literacy Green Bay by talking to new tuters about how evirything started whith me here.
Lyle, Green Bay, WI
I started with Literacy Green Bay in 2013 in the group class. After about six months I was paired with a tutor. In the time I have been with Literacy I have spent many hours with my tutor. My English has improved and I have become a citizen of the USA. Literacy Green Bay has had the resources to help me progress including a place to meet, materials to use, and help with my educational needs. My experience has been great.
I have been involved with Liteacy Green Bay for approximately 8 years since retiring . I have worked as a tutor and also do initial evaluations on students new to the agency and periodic revaluations to check on progress. I have worked with "helping agencies" all of my adult life and can proudly say that the efforts at Literacy Green Bay are truly transformative for our clients. It is so refreshing to be working with individuals that are motivated to the "nth" degree to improve their lives and the lives of their families. It is amazing to see individuals tackle and master the near impossible - learning the English language! It is also refreshing working with colleagues who are so selfless in their efforts in working with their students. The efforts of the volunteers and extraordinary professional staff leads to an exhilarating level of positive energy that is so refreshing in this day and age.
Learning English at Literacy Green Bay has helped me on many things. I'm now able to read the newspaper, I can make doctors appointments over the telephone and I'm also able to help my children with their homework. My reading, writing and speaking have improved a lot since I started studying at Literacy. I'm now able to fill out job applications and write a resume. I basically feel confident and independent because of the skills I learned at Literacy Green Bay.
Among the best nonprofit service organizations in our community is Literacy Green Bay. Although it is run by a small staff, the results they achieve are big acccomplishments. I have been affiliated with Literacy Green Bay for many years as a tutor and community business partner. Over that period, I have observed a high degree of dedication from the director and other managers; excellent communication between the staff and volunteer tutors; and exceptional educational support for tutors and learners. Through the efforts of Literacy Green Bay, learners achieve their goals and become better citizens of our community.
Literacy Council and my English tutor are being helping me and my family a lot. We have doctor's appointments so often, because of my daughter's health condition. Now I don't need to ask anymore for an interpreter and wait longer on those appointments because we are waiting for them to came and help me with the translation. I can do it by myself!!! It was the same situation on my daughter's school. Also I could finish a program at NWTC all on English with goods grades. something I didn't imagine I could do some day, Thank you!!!!
I am a tutor for Literacy Green Bay and out of all the volunteering I've done over the years, this is by far the most rewarding. To see someone new to American and English, learn to adapt to our country is a great experience. As their English improves, their personality comes out.
I have been an instructor at Literacy Green Bay for many years, and would like to express my respect and appreciation for this organization. Teaching adults to communicate in the English language is personally very rewarding. These students are very enthusiastic to learn and to become productive members of the local community. Literacy Green Bay provides the resources and facilities to carry out this important mission, thereby improving the lives of many people every day.
Thank you for your service as one of our teachers. We couldn't help as many people as we do if it weren't for our dedicated teachers and tutors. Kathy Cornell, Exec. Director
Literacy Green Bay is highly respected locally and throughout the state for their outstanding programs. It has received a number of awards including the Ethics in Business Award last year. The agency is proactive in responding to the needs of their community and their clientele. Literacy Green Bay has been very involved in helping other nearby literacy councils with program and board development, training and resources. The staff is knowledgeable, professional and pleasant to work with. The agency and staff work collaboratively with other nonprofits.
Phenomenal describes the work of Literacy Green Bay!
This organization serves our community in many ways: one-on-one tutoring and classroom instruction for English language learners, citizenship classes, computer instruction,child care and tutoring, and workplace language instruction.
Literacy Green Bay relies on many volunteers to support their work. Most importantly, this organization's professionals provide training for the volunteers they recruit.
I am proud to be associated with Literacy Green Bay.
I am a teacher at Literacy Green Bay. The staff members are so supporting and caring. They are knowledgable and professional.
The students are wonderful to work with. This job is so rewarding. In 30 years of teaching, I cannot remember
having this much fun. It is the highlight of my day and i enjoy coming to work.
The staff at LGB are the best. Their relentless efforts in their education of literacy is the highest. The volunteers give so much of their time and dedication to helping others.
I have volunteered with Literacy Green Bay as a tutor and materials writer. The staff at Literacy Green Bay are hard-working, dedicated, and concerned about everyone who walks through their doors. Students who have gone through a language or test preparation program talk about how their lives were changed because they could get their GED, take the citizenship test, find a better job, talk with their childrens' teachers, and navigate the healthcare system, among other tasks. Volunteers also benefit from professional development sessions, friendships developed with the staff and students, and in the case of one young woman I know who helped with childcare, finding her field of university study--English as a Second Language. Literacy Green Bay truly benefits all those involved with the organization.
Thank you Sally for your support for our agency .... we appreciate all you do for us!
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.
Literacy Green Bay is a wonderful organization of people dedicated to helping others improve their core literacy in math, English, (speaking, reading and writing) and computer skills. The organization is committed to helping adult learners become better parents, workers and community members through this effort. LGB is focused on helping others improve their livelihood through assisting them with their core literacy skill improvement - therefore allowing them to prosper and advance both personally and professionally.