The President’s Message
For over 25 years, the Cape Cod Literacy Council has been providing a very valuable service to adults in the community who have literacy problems. The work of the Council receives financial support from many sources. In addition to funds from the Cape Cod Times Media Group, support comes from the Massachusetts State Department of Education, workplace contracts and from many individual contributors. I join with our Executive Director, Kathryn Carpenter, and our Board of Directors, in extending best wishes for this coming year.
Message from the Director
Coping with illiteracy is a full time occupation for the estimated 30,000 residents of Cape Cod who are unable to read. Our adult students come from all walks of life and represent all ages, incomes, races, cultures and communities. Some students did not complete high school; others missed obtaining important skills and were too embarrassed to seek help. Often the adults we help cannot read street signs, warning labels on prescription bottles, newspapers, complete a job application or read to their children. Whether the goal involves attaining one’s high school equivalency credential (HEC), helping ESOL students transition into the community or providing opportunities for workplace development, the Council welcomes the opportunity to serve Cape Cod.
Patricia Pry, Volunteer Coordinator and Community Outreach Specialist
Meet Patricia Pry, our Volunteer Coordinator and Community Outreach Specialist. Pat is ready to answer all of your questions, whether you would like to become involved as a volunteer or require services.
Pat’s duties as Volunteer Coordinator and Community Outreach Specialist are many and varied. Her primary focus is to see that volunteers are recruited, trained and matched with adult students needing a tutor in a one-on-one situation, in a class sponsored by the Adult Learning Center of Cape Cod Community College, or one of the Council’s other literacy programs.
Our volunteer workshops are held four times a year, both in the morning and evening. They consist of 16 hours of training in English as a Second Language, sensitivity training to the particular needs of our adult learners as well as methods of teaching reading. Pat is responsible for interviewing potential learners and matching them with trained volunteers. After the learners and tutors are matched, she continues to offer assistance by helping with curriculum development. Pat is the one to talk to if you are interested in becoming a tutor or if you know of someone who might want to be tutored.