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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

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love The Literacy Alliance and all the work that they do for the Central Florida community. Their volunteers work hard to produce quality programs. I spent a day with them at the FL Children’s Hospital. Not only did I have a great time as “grandpa,” but I also learned about puppetry and bringing books to life. The smiles on the audience’s faces were priceless. For one hour, children who were battling health issues were able to laugh, make crafts, try out science experiments, and take an active role in The Very Hungry Catepillar.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for The Literacy Alliance since 2012 and it has been an extremely enriching experience! This organization shares the love of reading, learning and science enthusiastically with such a diverse range of children from the youngest school ages to adolescence. The Literacy Alliance president Diane Keyes is a real driving force and overall amazing woman who has the experience and know-how to make the organization work cohesively with very little overhead. She leads by example with her exemplary service to our community and her commitment to fun and enriching programs. Diane is so dynamic and coaxes good performances and service out of our volunteers--even the shy ones! She and everyone in the organization teaches that everyone can do SOMETHING to help out in their community whether it's reading to a little one, designing props and costumes or being a ride for volunteers who need to reach their destination. The Literacy Alliance does programs every week all year long and offers so many opportunities to help out while providing a valuable experience to everyone who volunteers for them in a way that ignores the boundaries of age or ability.

One thing that I've always loved about "Lit Alliance" programs is that they all offer a balance between education and entertainment in a way that draws the audiences in and makes them receptive to the less exciting stuff. Even teens who seem put off by the idea of a puppet show or a science demonstration will get involved and show enthusiasm by the end of the performance. I really can't talk highly enough of the programs or the volunteers who make it all happen. It's been a joy to see The Literacy Alliance grow and to reach more and more audiences every year. I'm proud of the difference they are able to make in Seminole County, Orange County and Central Florida as a whole.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Literacy Alliance is a fantastic organization! Diane is passionate about what she does and that is evident in all of her programs. She provides interactive story times and puppet shows that really grab the child's attention and make them excited about reading.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with this group for 2 years now and the experience has been phenomenal! Mrs. Diane is a super generous soul that offers literature to children who otherwise wouldn't be able to obtain it. There have been too many good memories of bringing joy into the lives of these kids!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Diane does fantastic work with the Literacy Alliance. She provides an opportunity for underprivileged children to experience classic and new children's books in a fun environment. I have volunteered with the Literacy Alliance to perform puppet shows and book readings for children at homeless shelters, the local library, and at Give Kid's the World. The kids laugh and always have fun. It is refreshing to see children interested in books, rather than games on cell phones. Highly recommended.

1 Christine Frasc

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Literacy Alliance is all heart with community programs and fantastical and captivating storytelling. Consisting of dedicated volunteers of all ages, The Literacy Alliance touches children's and families' lives at the homeless shelters, hospitals, alternative urban schools, and organizations and daycares across Central Florida. Over the past few years, I have watched The LitAll grow and thrive. They are out in the community more and more, such as attending family outreach events at the convention center. They have been adding programs to an already packed schedule, touching additional lives with advanced puppetry and good books. They even have a local author amongst them.

1 Sara100

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter volunteered with The Literacy Alliance. It was such a great experience for her, connecting with other peers and having fun while doing so much good for our community!

1 nussi.afroz

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the special events and donation coordinator at a local Central Florida Children's Hospital. We have over 200 beds at our facility, however, we have no budget for our special events program, which means that all our guests donate their time and talents just so that the hospitalized children can normalize their environment. I've worked with this amazing organization for the last few years and they have been phenomenal. Diane is the lead for the program at our facility and she is not only professional, but the impact they have made on the children have been remarkable. We always have a full house in the lobby, and that is saying a lot because it is very difficult just to get kids up and moving out of their beds. The patients are always eager to learn and watch the puppet show as well as perform the science experiments at the end. We have children from ages 2-18 who attend these shows, and all of the age groups enjoy it equally. This group shows compassion, drive, loyalty and dedication to what they believe in and it truly shows. We are so honored to have them here each and every month. Thank you to all the Literacy Alliance volunteers who have made this such a success and treasure within the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization that really affects our youth!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is conducted in a most efficient way for the good of youth. Their projects have helped the youth of Oviedo.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The literacy alliance provides an amazing assortment of programs. Under the guidance of Diane Keyes, the alliance reaches out to many special needs populations that are under-served. I have been impressed with both the caliber as well as quantity of the programs.

A special thank you to Diane and her fantastic team of volunteers. Oviedo is lucky to have you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never before have I seen a nonprofit so committed to changing the lives of our little ones. I applaud the efforts of this group and look forward to supporting their growth!

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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.

2 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.

2 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 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! :)

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

3 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!!!

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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.

4 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.