Durham Literacy Center launches ‘10k for Literacy’ fundraising campaign

The Durham Literacy Center, seen in this photo, is seeking to raise $10,000 by June 10.
The Durham Literacy Center, seen in this photo, is seeking to raise $10,000 by June 10. The Herald-Sun

Citing a waiting list of both students and volunteers, the Durham Literacy Center is trying to raise $10,000 by June 10 to serve more students, according to a posting at the center’s website.

The center is conducting the campaign, titled “10k For Literacy,” using Generosity, part of the Indiegogo “crowd funding” site. As of Thursday, the center had raised $4,876 toward the goal.

The number of students waiting to enter the program is well over 100, said Lizzie Ellis-Furlong, executive director of the Durham Literacy Center. Some 20 volunteers have expressed interest in training to become teachers, she said. The center registers new students and trains new volunteers by the end of August each year. The $10,000 “is in preparation for that time,” Ellis-Furlong said. “This money is to ensure that we will be able to provide that training.”

Funds will be used for workbooks, materials to train GED and literacy volunteers, computer literacy training and other programs the DLC offers. This campaign also has some incentives for different donation levels, among them a grab bag full of books for $100, a visit from the Poetry Fox at an event for $400, and a lunch consultation with a best-selling author for $1,000.

The Literacy Center offers programs in adult literacy, English for speakers of other languages, computer literacy, GED and life skills and other classes. In its more than 30-year history, some 2,000 volunteers have taught about 13,000 residents literacy skills, according to the center’s website.