Literacy Mid-South announces challenge grant

Literacy Mid-South recently announced a challenge grant from an anonymous friend of the organization.

The anonymous donor agreed to provide $100,000 if Literacy Mid-South can raise a matching $100,000 from donors. All donors must be first-time givers to the organization or have not given in the last three years.

Literacy Mid-South will use the funds to add staff as the organization decentralizes its adult programming, meaning that students ultimately will not have to go to the Literacy Mid-South office to receive services and be tutored because classes and services will be offered in various neighborhood libraries and community centers.

“This grant will allow us to double the number of students we serve each year,” said Kevin Dean, Literacy Mid-South’s executive director, in a news release. “It will give us the opportunity to expand our program into communities that we haven’t yet served communities that desperately need literacy support. Providing services in neighborhoods will make literacy tutoring and services available to students who currently have no means of transportation for getting to our office.”

Individuals and businesses may give in support of the challenge grant in several ways: donating online at, calling the office at 327-6000, or mailing or dropping off a check at 902 S. Cooper St.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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