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Literacy Outreach hopes to expand services as nonprofit

John Gardner
jgardner@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent
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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” The Literacy Outreach Program in Garfield County is looking to become an independent nonprofit by summer of 2009. The program has operated under fiscal supervision from Colorado Mountain College for the past 12 years.

While thankful for CMC’s support, Literacy Outreach director, Martha Fredendall, is looking forward to being an independent program and still maintaining a great working relationship with CMC and the Garfield County Library District.

“I’m thrilled it’s going to happen,” she said. “We’ve worked hard and we are the only nationally accredited literacy program in the state.”

Literacy Outreach currently provides services such as tutors for adults, ages 16 and up who are not enrolled in public education. The tutors aid in areas of reading, writing, math or English as a second language.

Since 1993, Literacy Outreach has had an office in the Glenwood Springs Branch Library of the Garfield County Library District. Its volunteer tutors make use of library space, or CMC classrooms and learning centers, for one-on-one instruction. The program was established in 1986.

That arrangement is not expected to be disrupted, and the program has no immediate plans to change any current services.

“I think it will make us a stronger community-based program,” Fredendall said. “It will allow us to expand our services to more students and we hope to be able to serve more communities in the county.”

According to Fredendall, the program already reaches all the communities in Garfield County, but being it’s own 501c3 nonprofit, the program will be able to expand its services to not only tutoring students, but their families as well.

“This is a big deal for us,” Fredendall said. “We will be aligning with the library and we are hoping to strengthen the partnership with them to service more students and families.”

The CMC Board of Trustees voted to support Literacy Outreach’s pursuit of independent status at its Nov. 3 meeting.

According to Fredendall, Literacy Outreach has always sought to be an independent organization, but the timing was off.

“With our relationships in the community, we feel that we are comfortable enough and have enough support to go out on our own,” Fredendall said.

Fredendall and other Literacy Outreach executives are currently working on the application for 501c3 nonprofit status. The planed date for transition is July of 2009.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

jgardner@postindependent.com


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