2020 Giving Societies

In 2020, our generous donors helped fund the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and its vision to empower adults to reach their full potential. We are very grateful for those who supported us. Click to learn more.

Volunteering can boost mental, physical health during COVID-19 pandemic

“Jay Parsons is one of the most committed and compassionate educators I have ever met. His service as a volunteer tutor and instructor positively impacts the lives of the learners who are fortunate to work with him. He also inspires others to volunteer and teach adults by his example and his remarkable lifelong dedication to education,” Evans said.

English-learning parents face challenges with remote learning during pandemic

A love for family, a quest for a better life and a stroke of luck brought Elvis Vetene to West Michigan. Vetene won the visa lottery, also called the Diversity Visa Program. He left the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Kalamazoo to give his family a better life. Vetene spoke several African languages and French. But because of COVID-19 his English level was not improving.