Clay County Literacy Coalition Inc. (Orange Park, FL)

Name

  • Name:Lisa Montgomery
  • Title:Funding Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clay County Literacy Coalition Inc.
  • Address:548 Kingsley Avenue
    Orange Park, FL 32073
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:904-272-5988

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General

  • Mission:
  • Clay County Literacy Coalition, Inc. (“CCLC” or the “Coalition”) is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization incorporated by the citizens of Clay County, Florida in 1995 when it was made clear that an adult literacy program was needed. CCLC's mission is to empower adults with the English literacy skills needed to participate confidently in society. It is the only organization in Clay County to provide free, one-on-one tutors to teach reading and writing and English language skills to adults.

  • Overview:
  • Clay County is a rural county with a population of 194,345 according to the last census. It is located in north Florida, just south of Jacksonville. Approximately one in ten adults in Clay County has below basic reading skills. Nine percent of adults do not have a high school diploma or equivalency. According to the 2012 Census, approximately 7,000 people in Clay County speak English “less than very well”.

    CCLC recruits volunteers from the community and trains them in a six-hour course to become literacy tutors. The tutors are then matched with adults eighteen years old and over who have enrolled in CCLC’s program. All aspects of the program are free of charge, as CCLC subsists on grants, donations, memberships and gifts.

    Clay County's high illiteracy rate is due in part to Florida's poor K-12 school performances. The National Center for Education Statistics of the Federal Department of Education released state and county data on adult literacy for the first time. The study used information from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy and the Census from 1992 and 2003 and is the only available snapshot of adult literacy rates for individual states and counties. While the national "illiteracy" rate improved slightly, in Florida it got worse. Roughly 20 percent of adults in Florida lack basic literacy skills like being able to read a newspaper article. This is why CCLC's mission is so critical.

    CCLC also offers beginning, intermediate and advanced conversational English classes for non-native English speakers to gain confidence in their speaking ability. These classes are limited to ten or less students to allow all students to participate. For students wishing to gain their citizenship, CCLC offers “Becoming a Citizen” classes which prepares students for the naturalization exam.

    CCLC offers health literacy classes wherein it teaches students about proper health care, nutrition and how to better communicate with their doctors and nurses. Financial literacy instruction is also available to assist adults in the use of bank accounts, planning budgets, buying a home and saving money.

    Tutoring is done primarily one-on-one with tutor and student meeting once a week for 1-1/2 to 3 hours at a time. Curriculum consists of textbooks and consumable workbooks for students to write in and keep. CCLC offers a large library of materials designed for teaching reading, writing, and English language skills to adults which it has collected over its nineteen years in operation. It also offers a lending library of books written for adults at a more easily readable pace.

    CCLC is a board-operated organization. Accordingly, the members of the Board take an active role in the operations and decision-making of the Coalition. CCLC’s Board of Directors includes its President, Dr. Greenberg, who has a PhD in Education, Edward Jordan who has a Masters Degree in education, a Registered Nurse, and two professional school teachers. We have not historically had an executive director, and our Administrative Assistant has just recently been hired by the Coalition to replace the Tutor Coordinator who recently resigned. The two tutor trainers, Lisa Leiby and April Tischer, have completed Proliteracy’s certification program, and we are seeking to have a third tutor trainer certified this summer. Our new Administrative Assistant has an excellent teaching and administrative background. Until the Administrative Assistant is fully trained in the operations of the office, Dr. Greenberg will be acting as the tutor coordinator – matching tutors with students. Dr. Greenberg attends many of the tutor training sessions which gives him the opportunity to get to know the new tutors and their skills before matching them with students.

    In the past, CCLC has had a Tutor Coordinator who was a salaried employee and who served as the program's administrative assistant and coordinator between the tutors and the students. The Tutor Coordinator matched the tutors and students, suggested curriculum, and monitored the tutor/student relationship. He/she also kept records of the program and prepared reports. We expect that the Administrative Assistant will be able to take over the Tutor Coordinator duties within two months.

  • History:
  • CCLC was organized by citizens of Clay County and, while it began out of the back of someone's car trunk, it eventually became partnered with the Clay County Schools Adult and Community Education Department ("ACE"). For almost eighteen years, it shared office space with ACE, and ACE included in its annual grant request to the Florida Dept. of Education an amount of money necessary to pay the salary of CCLC's Tutor Coordinator. CCLC conducted citizenship classes which satisfied ACE's EL Civics grant obligations.

    Throughout the years, ACE and CCLC co-habitated and referred students to each other, but there was little other interaction between the two entities.

    However, in 2013, there was a change in administration at ACE and changes were proposed by ACE to the partnership between ACE and CCLC. ACE was requesting confidential information about CCLC's students, requiring CCLC students to register with ACE, and suggesting that ACE would make the determination as to which students would enroll in ACE courses and which students would enroll in CCLC programs. The Coalition's position was that ACE's proposed changes would cause CCLC to lose its autonomy and its Board's ability to operate the organization as it saw fit, and would relegate CCLC to a mere division of ACE, rather than the separate vibrant entity that it had been.

    Accordingly, CCLC made the decision to break off its partnership with ACE and rented office space of its own. CCLC's budget has nearly tripled from 2013 to 2014, as it now has to pay rent, utilities and the salary of its Administrative Assistant/Tutor Coordinator. This bold move has motivated CCLC to seek new and better ways to operate, and it has become more visible to the public.

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:1

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:59-3306235

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:593306235
  • Organization Name:CLAY COUNTY LITERACY COALITION INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% TREASURER
  • Organization Address:2306 KINGSLEY AVE
  • Organization City:ORANGE PARK
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:32073-4245
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1995
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 149, 408
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Other instruction and training, Community service organization
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:B92
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:27:17 am

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