Literacy Action is a nonprofit that helps undereducated adults learn the literacy, life, and work skills they need to reach their highest potential. Most of the 1,250 students per year that come to learn at Literacy Action have not had much time in their lives to make their education a priority. Many work multiple part time jobs and have families to look after and provide for.
Austin Dickson, Literacy Action’s Executive Director, says that learning these skills actually provides a certain amount of freedom to navigate the world that most people take for granted.
Students come to Literacy Action to take classes and advance toward better employment opportunities, citizenship, better wages, and sometimes even technical colleges or universities. There are no fees for students, and the majority of their programs are supported by donations.
Recently, we were able to attend their annual "Spellabration" fundraiser, where students, volunteers, and supporters of the nonprofit get together for an evening of dinner, drinks, and Scrabble. We participated as a sponsor and product vendor, selling our new Freddie and Co. + Baron Fig notebooks at the event.