AURORA, IL, USA, August 1, 2022. The Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation (AWEF) announced that it has awarded Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley a grant to help bring its literacy programs to even more women from the Aurora area. Through trained volunteers and organizational staff, the nonprofit offers free, one-to-one tutoring focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English.
“We believe that the ability to communicate in English is the foundation that helps women secure work so they can earn money for their families, build their skills, and contribute to our communities,” said Amy Baudouin, Board Chair, Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation. “Ultimately, the goal of this grant is to help bring Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley programming to more women in Aurora.”
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, established in 1986, focuses on adults with the least skills and fewest resources. One hundred percent of those served either live or work in Kane County. In their last fiscal year, while programming was impacted by the pandemic, the organization made important pivots and still served 177 adult students, 126 (71%) of which were women. Over 65% of the 126 were women who worked or resided in the greater Aurora area.