United Way network partner Collierville Literacy Council receives national accreditation

Karen Ray, Executive Director at the Collierville Literacy Council (CLC), and Dave Parks, past- CLC President and volunteer for CLC and United Way, met with United Way staff yesterday to share great news: CLC is the first literacy organization in our Mid-South region to earn accreditation from ProLiteracy.

(From left) United Way staff leaders Regina Walker and Diana Bedwell learn more about the recent accreditation of Collierville Literacy Council from volunteer Dave Parks and CLC Executive Director Karen Ray.

ProLiteracy is a nonprofit educational organization that supports local literacy programs through a national network of roughly 130,000 volunteers and 1,000 local, state, and regional literacy providers. The other closest accredited agencies are in Joplin, MO, St. Louis, MO and Atlanta, GA.

CLC is a nonprofit educational program dedicated to helping adults of all ages improve their lives and our community by learning reading, writing, math and problem-solving skills.  CLC has served adults in Collierville and the Mid-South for 24 years. Today 170 trained tutors assist nearly 600 students a year – helping them improve reading, English language and GED skills. Last year, CLC served 569 adults and helped 103 earn a GED diploma.

ProLiteracy’s accreditation process provides literacy programs with a comprehensive process for: 1) conducting an organizational self-assessment; 2) developing program improvement plans; and 3) demonstrating that their organization meets the highest standards for governance, program management, program operations, and volunteer development. Ray mentioned that working with United Way of the Mid-South’s standards and practices for nonprofit partnership helped CLC in its work to meet ProLiteracy’s accreditation benchmarks.

Jane Hugo, ProLiteracy Vice-President of Programs and Services, says, “We are proud to add Collierville Literacy Council to our growing list of accredited organizations. They have demonstrated that their program meets the highest national standards for volunteer literacy programs and that their services to the community are effective. We applaud the many volunteers, staff, and students who have devoted their time and effort to achieve this goal.”

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