First and foremost we would like to extend our gratitude to all the local small and big businesses that have made cash donations as well as donated goods for our first ever Live Auction Fundraiser.
As a non-profit organization, we have been relying on volunteers and community leaders since 1994 to be able to bring English literacy to thousands of students within Manatee County.
"Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach for our goals, and makes us feel safe and secure." (source)
Because of your support we have been able to empower immigrants in our community to find work, start businesses, improve family relationships and find their voice. This, in turn, creates a beneficial "economic ecosystem" in which individuals and businesses can thrive.