Our History

1980's

1980--The first tutor training workshop was conducted to train tutors to teach English as a Second Language in response to the newly arriving Southeast Asian refugees.


1981--A small group of people formed the Literacy Council of Brown County, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, and affiliated with the national literacy organization Laubach Literacy Action (LLA)

 

1983--The first workshop to train tutors to teach Basic Literacy was held.

 

1984-- A Tutoring Center located in the lower level of the Madison Monroe building was opened.

 

1988--The organization was volunteer-led until the spring of 1988 when the first two staff members were hired: Evie Jensen, as Office Manager and Tori Rader, as the Executive Director.

 

1988--The Literacy Council of Brown County receives funding from the United Way of Brown County.

 

1990's

1991--The organization established an endowment fund.

 

1991-The first Program Coordinator was hired to oversee the growing tutoring program.

 

1993--The first Spelling Bee fundraiser was held.

 

1994--Main office is relocated to the main level.

 

1995--The Literacy Council expands its progamming, with funding from the Cornerstone Foundation, to offer its first ESL large group class.

 

1995--Later, the first ESL Class Coordinator is hired.

 

1997--ESL programming expands to 3 levels of classes with corporate support.

 

1998--Childcare was made available to students attending classes.

 

1999--A Coordinator is hired with federal dollars to begin the Greater Green Bay EvenStart Family Literacy Program.

 

2000's

2000--Two new programs are created, Child Tutoring and Workforce Development, with funding from the Cornerstone Foundation.

 

2002--The Literacy Council of Brown County is recognized with the LLA Award of Exellence for Outstanding Literacy Program at national convention in San Diego.

 

2002--The organization also received the Mayor's Civic Award for Outstanding Community Organization.

 

2002--The Literacy Council of Brown County attained national accreditation.

 

2002--Our ESL classes receive AEFL funding from the state technical college system.

 

2003--Our first computer lab opened.

 

2003--The first Scrabble Bee fundraiser is held.

 

2006--We celebrated our 25th anniversary with an Open House.

 

2006--Our EvenStart Family Literacy Program is recognized with the First Lady Jessica Doyle Award for Family Literacy.

 

2008--Our name changed to Literacy Green Bay.

 

2009--Two volunteer tutors, Sr. Jeanne Jarvis and Sr. Carlotta Ullmer, are recognized as the Tutors of the Year by Wisconsin Literacy, for combined 10,000 hours of community service.

 

2009--First Executive Director Tori Rader retires. Jennifer Nelson is hired as next Executive Director.

 

2010's

2011--Literacy Green Bay with Catholic Charities and NWTC collaborate on the Road to Citizenship project.

 

2012--Tutor Frank Czarnecki receives Merrill Lynch Heart of Gold at WPS Volunteer Award breakfast.

 

2012-- Jennifer Nelson resigns as Executive Director. Kathy Cornell named new Executive Director.

 

2012--Volunteer Marie Fonder receives Green Bay Packer Community Quarterback Award.

 

2012--Literacy Green Bay received Basic Needs Giving Partnership collaborative grant for the Children First Family Literacy program from U.S. Venture Open, J.J. Keller and Greater Green Bay Community Foundation.

 

2013--The downstairs tutoring room is renamed the Sisters Study Hall in honor of Sisters Carlotta and Jeanne.

 

2014--Program Manager Shelley Karnz recognized as one of Green Bay Chamber Current's Future 15.

 

2014--Literacy Green Bay receives the nonprofit Ethics in Business Award from AFCS.

 

2015--Executive Director Kathy Cornell receives the Brown County United Way's Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership Award

 

2015--Bess the Book Bus pays a visit to distribute books

 

2015--First Walk for Literacy held at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary

 

 

2016-Present

2016--Literacy Green Bay celebrates 35 years of improving lives through literacy

2016--Equipped for the Future Renovation project kicks off with a Wall Breaking Ceremony

2017--Our Classroom Renovation is complete.

2017--Literacy Green Bay is  the Non-Profit partner for the 2017 Doctors in Recital show

 

Literacy Green Bay

424 S. Monroe Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301

Tel: 920-435-2474

info@literacygreenbay.org

 

Office Hours

  • Mondays/Tuesdays:
    8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays/Thursdays:
    8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Fridays:
    8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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LLA Award of Excellence

Literacy Green Bay's Tori Rader accepting the LLA Award of Excellence for Outstanding Literacy Program at the national convention in San Diego