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FAMILY AND Adult Education
Literacyworks appreciates and acknowledges all of our generous sponsors. We hold various fundraisers during the year to support our various programs and students. Please go to the Sponsorship Opportunities section below to participate.
What will my donation support?
Literacyworks will use your donation to support the Literacyworks Center, literacy programs and to develop projects to assist families and adults in developing their literacy skills. Across the country, libraries provide services to low-literacy adults and their families using trained volunteer tutors.
Why is being literate and reading important?
Literacy is the ability to read, write, compute, and use technology at a level that enables an individual to reach his or her full potential as a parent, employee, and community member.
In the United States, an estimated 30 million people over the age of 16 read no better than the average elementary school child. The ability to read and write is the basis for all other education; literacy is necessary for an individual to understand information that is out of context, whether written or verbal. Literacy is essential if we are to eradicate poverty at home and abroad, improve infant mortality rates, address gender inequality, and create sustainable development. Without literacy skills, today’s adults will struggle to take part in the world around them and fail to reach their full potential as parents, community members, and employees.
Why should I care?
Because we all benefit from an educated society.
On an economic level, the return on investment is huge. A literate workforce attracts more business resulting in higher salaries, enhanced job security, greater productivity, increased consumer spending and tax revenues, reduced correctional costs, and a decreased drain on social services. Literacy is the most basic employable skill, the essential element of economic development and living-wage jobs.
On a personal level, parents are better able to support their children’s education and nurture healthier citizens. When adults gain the power to read and write it is nothing short of transformational – resulting in healthier and, yes, happier communities.
Families and adult learners needing basic education are an enormous potential asset. They want to improve their lives, their communities, and their children’s future. 90% of fortune 1000 companies stated that “Low literacy levels are limiting their productivity and profitability.” Literacy is essential for job opportunities, participation in civic and community engagement and meaningful involvement in children’s education. Literacy strengthens our economy, neighborhoods and families.
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Sponsorship Opportunities 2019
Literacyworks and Copperfield's Books Present
2019 Literacyworks Lecture Series Sponsorship Donation Form
(More Speakers to Be added in 2019)
Petaluma’s Literacyworks Lecture Series is upping its star-power this year, with the 2018 version of the nonproﬁt’s popular speakers’ showcase now featuring some of the brightest and best thinkers, writers, politicians and philosophers in America. - PETALUMA ARGUS-COURIER • THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018
DAVE EGGERS & MOKHTAR ALKHANSHALI IN CONVERSATION
Saturday, January 12, 2019 7:00-8:00 PM Petaluma Veterans Memorial Hall 1094 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma
Dave Eggers’ new book The Monk of Mokha is a true story that weaves together the history of coffee, the struggles of everyday Yemenis living through civil war, and the courageous journey of a young man, Mokhtar Alkhanshali, following the most American of dreams.
Dave Eggers is a writer, editor, and publisher. He wrote the best-selling memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Eggers is the founder of McSweeney's, a literary journal, a co-founder of the literacy project 826 Valencia and the human rights nonprofit Voice of Witness, and the founder of ScholarMatch, a program that matches donors with students needing funds for college tuition.
Friday, April 26, 2019 Copperfield's in Santa Rosa (Montgomery Village) 775 Village Court, Santa Rosa
Cherríe L. Moraga is a writer and an activist. A cofounder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, Moraga coedited the highly influential volume This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color in 1981. A former Artist-in-Residence at Stanford, Moraga was recently appointed a professor in the Department of English at UC-Santa Barbara, where, with her artistic partner Celia Herrera Rodriguez, she will institute Las Maestras Center for Chicana and Indigenous Thought and Art Practice. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Playwriting Fellowship Award and a Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature.
CONGRESSMAN JOhN LEWIS
Congressman John Lewis an American politician and civil rights leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987, and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation. His district includes three-quarters of Atlanta. Congressman Lewis, who as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), was one of the "Big Six" leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington, played many key roles in the Civil Rights Movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. Congressman Lewis has been awarded many honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards from eminent national and international institutions, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The Congressman revisited his activist past for the award-winning March series of graphic novels. The story continues next book called Run, another multi-part graphic novel, picking up where March left off. “In sharing my story, it is my hope that a new generation will be inspired by Run to actively participate in the democratic process and help build a more perfect union here in America,” Lewis said in a statement.
Anne Lamott is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Hallelujah Anyway; Small Victories; Stitches; Help, Thanks, Wow; Some Assembly Required; Grace (Eventually); Plan B; Bird by Bird; and Traveling Mercies, as well as several novels, including Imperfect Birds and Rosie. She is a past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an inductee to the California Hall of Fame. Her new book is Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.
We are anticipating additional speakers throughout the year. Additional Speakers in consideration: Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut; Dolores Huerta American labor leader; Van Jones, news commentator and author; Scott Kelly, International Space Station commander and pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery; Tommy Orange, author.
2019 Literacyworks Lecture Series Sponsorship Donation Form
Series Prime Sponsorship – $25,000
The Presenting Sponsor opportunities are for the full Literacyworks Lectures and Copperfield’s Books Presents series. The Presenting Sponsors will have featured placement on all programs, print and social media outreach and other promotional considerations for the Literacyworks Lecture Series and the Literacyworks organization throughout the year. A Presenting Sponsorship will include 20 guest tickets to each program in the 2019 Lecture Series, as well as a private green room reception with the speakers directly before the lectures.
Series Supporting Sponsorships - $10,000
The Supporting Sponsorship opportunities include prominent placement on all program, print and social media outreach for three programs of the Literacyworks Lecture Series. The Supporting Sponsorships will include 10 guest tickets to each program in the 2019 Lecture Series, as well as a private green room reception with the speakers directly before the lectures.
Individual Lecture Sponsorships - $2,000
Individual sponsorship opportunities will include mention in the 2019 Literacyworks Lectures program, 4 guest tickets for one program of the Lecture Series and private green room reception with the speaker directly before the lecture
100% of sponsorship funding will go directly to Literacyworks’ programs.
Literacyworks has been determined a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS.
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