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Whatcom Literacy Council Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/02/2013: Whatcom Literacy Council

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: WHATCOM LITERACY COUNCIL

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AKA  WLC
Bellingham, WA
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Whatcom Literacy Council Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/02/2013: Whatcom Literacy Council

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: WHATCOM LITERACY COUNCIL

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Also Known As: WLC
Physical Address: Bellingham, WA 98227 1292
EIN: 91-1220307
Web URL: www.whatcomliteracy.org 
NTEE Category: B Educational Institutions
B60 Adult, Continuing Education
J Employment, Job Related
J99 Employment, Job Related N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 1983 


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Mission Statement

The Whatcom Literacy Council (WLC) was founded in 1978 with the mission to teach adults in Whatcom County to read, write, and speak English. Thousands of adults have changed their lives through their work with WLC. Our students learn to read to their children, find or maintain employment, communicate with physicians, volunteer in local schools, vote, and attain personal goals. Tutoring is free and confidential and supported by donations. The need for our services continues to grow due to changes in employment standards, cuts in State funding, welfare reform, and immigration patterns. At any given time we have as many as 30 adults who are waiting to learn to read.

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Leadership

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Ms. Katherine Freimund

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Since Jan 2013

Profile:

Katherine Freimund has worked for a number of nonprofits in Whatcom County, and serves on the Whatcom Council of Nonprofits Steering Committee. She went to the University of Chicago as an undergraduate, has a Masters in Public Administration from Suffolk University in Boston, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa.

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Programs

Program: Free literacy programs in Whatcom County (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
Literacy
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

Program Long-Term Success:

The Whatcom Literacy Council has been providing free, high quality programs for adults who seek help to improve their literacy skills since 1978.

Program Short-Term Success:

On average the Whatcom Literacy Council serves 500 learners each year.

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Adults with improved literacy skills earn more money, raise healthy families, vote, and give back to their communities in countless ways. At the Whatcom Literacy Council learners set their own goals, such as reading to their children, getting a drivers' license, getting a better job, or obtaining citizenship, and learning plans are developed based on those goals. Volunteer tutors receive 8 hrs of training from ProLiteracy certified staff before beginning to work with a learner, and then receive ongoing support throughout their service. Tutors submit reports monthly tracking time with their learner, and when goals are achieved. In 2012 497 learners met 577 of their goals. The Whatcom Literacy Council believes that our community is a healthier one when a greater number of adults achieve the self sufficiency that better literacy skills support.
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