During National Volunteer Week, I want to thank publicly the nearly 200 volunteers who support Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry's efforts to equip adults with the reading, writing, speaking and math skills they need to succeed in the family, the workplace and the community.
At a time when an estimated 10,745 Beaufort County adults lack basic literacy skills, our volunteers recognize that a literate adult population is key to the economic, social, civic and physical health of our community, as well as the key to the educational success of younger and future generations.
Whether they help out in our offices, tutor students, plan events, raise money or serve in a governance role on our board of directors or a board committee, our volunteers enable us to provide cost-effective tutorial and instructional services to more than 800 adults annually. They are a strategic, valued resource.
Every day they provide unspoken testimony to Margaret Mead's belief: "Never doubt the ability of a small group of thoughtful, committed (people) to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Nancy Williams, executive director
of the Lowcountry