LITERACY FOR ADULTS IN BREVARD
NEEDS ADDITIONAL BOARD MEMBERS!
Due to the retirement of a number of our Board Members at the same time,
we have a number of open Board positions.
Here is a breakdown of the duties of a LAB Volunteer Board Member:
VOLUNTEER BOARD MEMBERS FOR LITERACY FOR ADULTS IN BREVARD
Established in 1971, Literacy for Adults in Brevard (LAB) is a 501 (c) (3), all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to teaching literacy skills to the adult residents of Brevard County so that they may reach their full potential in their families, workplace, and community. We are seeking committed individuals to join our Board of Directors to engage in identifying and securing financial resources, partnerships, connections, and to govern and oversee the direction of the organization. The Board member will serve as an active advocate and ambassador for the organization within the community. This is your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the 16% of residents in Brevard County who cannot read a simple sentence.
Board members serve a two-year term, attend eight – ten Board meetings a year and serve on a committee to further the goals of LAB. Approximate time commitment is 4 - 6 hours a month.
When the original organization, Brevard Adult Literacy Volunteers, was founded in Titusville, the focus was on teaching reading to the migrants who worked in the fields. The program has had many distinct outreach efforts over the past 50 years but has remained true to the basic tenet: one – on – one tutoring in the public libraries across the county. After they are assessed, adult learners meet with their tutor once a week for a minimum of 60 – 90 minutes. All materials are provided at no cost.
Interest in Literacy
Strong verbal and written skills
Ability to work collaboratively with others
Experience in business, education, and other professional sectors (teaching, legal, finance, grant writing, marketing, social media, community relations) is desired
Serve for a minimum of 2 years
Commit to a personal annual fundraising goal (give or get) which results in a financial contribution
Resident of Brevard County
Support of LAB Board public relations activities, including attendance and participation
Interested candidates should send a resume, brief statement of interest, and 3 references to email@example.com. Potential candidates will be invited for a phone interview and then a meeting with an active Board Member. Board Member positions are elected positions that will be approved monthly upon completion of application review and reference checks.
FINDING INSPIRATION IN EVERYONE WHO CAME TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF LITERACY FOR ADULTS IN BREVARD
More than 60 people came to celebrate all the work students and volunteers have done over the past fifty years working with residents of Brevard County. Tutors, students, friends and family, past and present Board members, as well as supporters from the County Library System. The hardships and the miracles of the past fifty years were told by those who lived it.
Photography donated by Lisa Hamel of Signature Photography and Kathi Schillo.
In October of 1971, a group of Methodist women in Titusville felt that the migrants working in the fields should learn to read. They never doubted the importance of what they were doing and even when there were virtually no funds to buy tutor manuals and student books, they continued by contributing the funds as well as their efforts.