Literacy DuPage is in the midst of our spring campaign to raise the funds we need to fulfill our mission. What follows is the message our executive director is sending to everyone who subscribes to our newsletter. If you’ve found your way to this post, we’d love to have your support as well. Need a reason? Read on to see how learning English changed Silvia’s life.
With every dollar you give, every moment you spend, every action you take—Literacy DuPage is sparking conversations and changing lives.
To illustrate how your continued support will help us do even more good work in DuPage County, let me tell you how Silvia’s life has changed.
Silvia knew that learning English could change her life.
Silvia emigrated from Mexico to the United States 15 years ago. After living here for some time, this wife and mother of three longed to change her life in two specific ways: she wanted to be a strong communicator and advocate for her children, and she wanted a promotion at work.
To achieve both goals, Silvia knew she needed to improve her English language skills. So, in 2017 she found her way to Literacy DuPage, and we paired her with a volunteer tutor named Marie.
With resilience and Marie’s guidance, Sylvia reached her goals.
Silvia’s job sometimes required her to work six days a week and 12-hour shifts. Despite this busy schedule, Silvia and Marie found time to meet weekly. Silvia progressed quickly through her lessons, moving from Level I to Level 6 in two years!
Reaching for the promotion at work called for extra dedication. Marie suggested Silvia come to tutoring not just once but twice a week to expedite her progress. Silvia did, and she studied during every moment she could find – many times while waiting in the employee line for the factory to open. Soon, she was promoted from a laborer position to a managerial position.
“I’ve never had a more dedicated student,” says Marie.
At work Sylvia now helps English challenged employees with understanding their paychecks and other documents. At home, she is able to help her teenagers make better life choices, as she now understands when they talk to each other in English. Silvia no longer needs a translator at school meetings or at the Doctor’s office. She makes medical appointments and complete forms herself, rather than relying on someone to assist her.
Here’s what Silvia says about her own experience:
“[Literacy DuPage] has taught me to be more independent and give the best of me since, my life has been very difficult trying to learn English to communicate with people who don’t speak the same language as me. Now I understand most of the vocabulary and I thank that to my teacher because my life has changed.”
We’re not the only ones excited about Silvia’s progress.
In early May, as a testament to her hard work and tenacity, Silvia was awarded the 2019 Illinois Secretary of State Student Achievement Award for Adult Literacy.
With your help, we can change more lives.
Every day, Literacy DuPage tutors work side-by-side with learners who are striving to succeed, just like Silvia. Although our learners receive help free of charge, our program does require funding. We depend on the generosity of individual givers—like you—to support the work we do.
Our Spring Donation Drive is our remaining major fundraising campaign of this fiscal year. This month, we’re asking every friend of Literacy DuPage to make a donation. Big or small. We’ll use every cent to continue serving adults throughout DuPage County, giving them the confidence and skills they need to communicate in English, so they can experience life-changing results like Silvia.
Will you please make a donation to support our mission today?
Please take a moment to give what you can. You can contribute here on our website or mail a check to:
c/o College of DuPage, Continuing Education, SRC 1111
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137-6599
Literacy DuPage is a registered 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax-deductible.