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FAMILY AND Adult Education
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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Mail to: Literacyworks 625 2nd St. Suite 107, Petaluma, CA, 94952
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Sponsorship Opportunities 2019
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.
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
Jose Antonio Vargas
November 9, 2019 at 7PM: Copperfield’s Books Petaluma
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
This is not a book about the politics of immigration. This book is not about immigration at all. This book is about homelessness, not in a traditional sense, but in the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented immigrants like myself find ourselves in. This book is about lying and being forced to lie to get by; about passing as an American and as a contributing citizen; about families, keeping them together, and having to make new ones when you can’t. This book is about constantly hiding from the government and, in the process, hiding from ourselves. This book is about what it means to not have a home.
After 25 years of living illegally in a country that does not consider me one of its own, this book is the closest thing I have to freedom.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including “Best Play.”
Among accolades he has received are the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA and honorary degrees from Emerson College, Colby College, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Passionate about the role of arts in society and promoting equity in education, he serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.
A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (’04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mountain View High School (’00). An elementary school named after Vargas opened in his hometown of Mountain View, California in August 2019.
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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