We are of this county’s residents, by this county’s residents, and for this county’s residents. We’re a private association exclusively doing charitable work for literacy. In 2009 with the generous support from the Central New York Community Foundation, the Oneida Public Library’s Leadership Committee assisted by Literacy Powerline and Colgate University’s Upstate Institute organized over fifty county organizations—public and private schools, libraries, businesses, not-for-profit groups, health care providers and government agencies—to develop this coalition.
We are an unincorporated non-profit association with the fiscal sponsorship of the Oneida Public Library. Guided by a full-time director, 501(c)3 compliant bylaws and Managing Partners, the coalition members meet regularly. This community’s collaboratively developed countywide literacy plan guides us. We are committed to facilitating coordinated action by existing groups to significantly and permanently raise our county’s literacy levels.
We are about the business of facilitating needs analysis, problem solving, project management, public relations, training, coordination and resourcing for the dedicated groups addressing literacy. The goal is to create synergies that infuse literacy throughout the lifespan leading to an improved future. We will achieve, in Literacy PowerLine’s phrase, “100% literacy through 100% community involvement.”
The issue is broad: “Literacy” encompasses reading, writing, speaking & listening, computation, information systems, workplace readiness, finances and health—to list only the basics.
The LCMC NY is open to all with literacy needs and all that want to address these countywide needs:
Effective and lasting change comes when we work together.
Find out how to get involved. Contact Executive Director Fred Bragan. Tax-deductible contributions go to “LCMC NY” C/O the Oneida Public Library 220 Broad St. Oneida, NY 13421.
The Literacy Coalition of Madison County is a consensus-building initiative intended to unite the community around the importance of literacy, provide economies of scale to existing organizations to efficiently service those in need and provide hope to residents for sustainable change and an improved future.
Carolyn Gerakopoulos: (Fiscal Sponsor) Director, Oneida Public Library
Michael Drahos: (MP Chair) Superintendent, Morrisville-Eaton Central School District
Frank Ridzi: (Major Funder) CNY Community Foundation Director of Research and Community Initiatives; Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College
Director’ s Office: Room 104, Gorman Foundation Community Center 1081 Northside Shopping Center Oneida Ny 13421
Business Office:[LCMC NY’s Fiscal Sponsor]
c/o Dir. Carolyn Gerakopoulos Oneida Public Library 220 Broad Street Oneida, NY 13421 315-363-3050
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