Literacy Connection Benefit

KALAMAZOO, MI — Coffee lovers can drink to adult literacy by attending the Water Street Literacy Connection Benefit on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

All day on Saturday, Water Street Coffee will play host to the Literacy Connection Benefit. Patrons will be invited to donate a $1 or more to benefit adult literacy.

Volunteers from the Kalamazoo Literacy Council (KLC) will be stationed in Water Street locations to share information and have conversations about adult literacy. The KLC currently has 220 volunteers serving more than 500 adult learners throughout Kalamazoo County.

The benefit will be hosted at all four Water Street locations—downtown, Oakland Drive, West Centre Avenue, and Borgess at Gull Road—during their standard open hours. This is one of several activities scheduled to celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, which is September 21-26.

“Water Street Coffee Joint is pleased to help raise awareness for adult literacy,” said Water Street Coffee Joint Founder Mark  Smutek. “Many of our patrons read, check emails, and work while enjoying a cup of coffee. Everyone should have the ability to read what they want.”

The KLC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving adult literacy in Kalamazoo County. It provides free one-on-one tutoring and literacy classes to struggling adult readers. Donations support the Everyone Needs to Read Annual Campaign, because everyone needs to read to manage their health, get a job, and help their children be successful in school.

Water Street Coffee Joint locations and Saturday hours are as follows.

DOWNTOWN                    OAKLAND                     CENTRE                               BORGESS

315 East Water Street   3037 Oakland Drive     245 West Centre Avenue  1521 Gull Road

Kalamazoo, MI 49007   Kalamazoo, MI 49009  Portage, MI 49024         Kalamazoo, MI 49048

7:45 a.m.—11:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.—11:00 p.m. 7:00 a.m.—10:30 p.m.  7:30 a.m.—9:00 p.m.


For more information, call (269) 382-0490 ext. 222