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Manatee Literacy Council empowers adults to independence through literacy. By joining forces with local businesses and other nonprofit organizations, Manatee Literacy Council can extend the gift of literacy even further in the community. 

If your business or organization is interested in supporting or collaborating with Manatee Literacy Council, please contact Marilyn Cox at 941-746-8197 or via email.



Manatee County Habitat for Humanity


Manatee Literacy Council presents books to new home owners

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity and Manatee Literacy Council joined forces during the 2016 Giving Challenge under the theme "Building a Foundation Together." 

Both organizations strive to provide independence and dignity to individuals in our community. Habitat for Humanity builds the foundation of a home. Manatee Literacy Council builds the foundation of the family by improving literacy skills. With their combined volunteer bases, they hope to initiate positive change in Manatee County.

Their first venture together involved Bradenton’s 13th Avenue Dream Center. Habitat for Humanity recently was awarded a literacy grant from the Rubbermaid Foundation to build mobile library carts and partner with a community organization to help support their literacy programs. The 13th Ave. Dream Center of United Community Centers was chosen for the literacy partner. Manatee Literacy Council stocked the library carts with reading material. “Although we focus on adult literacy, we are glad to provide any help in advancing literacy at any age level in Manatee County”, states Roger Boos, Manatee Literacy Council Board President.

The dedication of these new mobile library carts took place on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Dream Center. The children and youths of the Dream Center used their artistic talent to paint and decorate these carts. They were then stocked with books provided by Manatee Literacy Council. According to Alexdrena Green, COO of the Dream Center, “We are excited to collaborate with Manatee Literacy Council and Habitat for Humanity to make available literary resources to the youth and adults in the neighborhoods surrounding the 13th Avenue Dream Center. Through this partnership it is our hope to minimize the obstacles and barriers that prevent the development of life long readers and productive corporate citizens.”

Manatee Literacy Council continues to donate books to recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes.



Island Real Estate

Island Real Estate is Anna Maria Island’s leading full service Real Estate Agency and Vacation Rental Company, specializing in waterfront properties, rentals, investment property, beach homes, island homes and more. Manatee Literacy Council is providing a two-month Workplace Literacy course for Island Real Estate employees who are English-as-a-Second-Language learners. These classes are tailored to employees' day-to-day work needs. Manatee Literacy Council Board Member Mayu Fielding has designed lessons that are practical and will help employees better perform their jobs and increase their confidence along the way.



Goodwill Manasota


Volunteer Verna Urbanski teaches Goodwill Manasota employees

Goodwill's mission is changing lives through the power of work. English is not the native language for about 12 percent of the employees at Goodwill Manasota. These are people who may have strong skills from their country of origin, but they cannot use them in the United States without being able to speak English. Their lack of English skills is a barrier to self sufficiency, and it prohibits them from doing their preferred jobs. In a partnership spanning more than a decade, Manatee Literacy Council helped Goodwill Manasota employees improve their English so they can move up and move on. 

Now Manatee Literacy Council is fortunate to be situated in office spaces adjoining Goodwill Manasota's West Bradenton location.

Hear Goodwill Manasota's Story: Watch Video
 

 
Manatee Literacy Council
3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-746-8197