On Jan 25, 2018, the CUNA Mutual Group Foundation announced a $200,000 gift to support Literacy Network’s Capital Campaign. “One in seven adults in Dane County struggles with literacy. That’s 55,000 people. Literacy Network helps open doors and reduces poverty. That’s why we are such a huge supporter,” said Beth Cutler, Community Relations & Foundation Leader of CUNA Mutual Group.
The gift brings the total raised to more than $2.5 million – approximately 85% of the total goal of $3 million. More than 500 donors have made gifts to the campaign.
The organization has recently purchased and renovated a building at 701 Dane Street, which now serves as the organization’s main office and learning center. Literacy Network serves approximately 1,200 adult learners in 29 locations. These adults are improving their reading, writing and English language skills along with building their capacity to use technology.
“Each day there are many successes — asking a stranger for directions, making an appointment at a doctor’s office, earning citizenship, finding a new job, and reading to a child. Adult learning is a commitment – learners must study at least 100 hours to advance an educational level,” said campaign volunteer Corkey Custer, managing partner at Custer Plumb Financial Services.
“Adult literacy is the key to better wages, improved performance for young people in school and a healthier life. We are thrilled that CUNA Mutual Foundation Group is supporting our learners and their dreams with this amazing gift,” said Literacy Network Executive Director Jeff Burkhart.
Those interested in learning more about the campaign and the organization are encouraged to call 608-244-3911, or visit their website at www.growingthroughliteracy.org.