If any of you are not participating in Monofilament Madness but are interested in helping with another event, Literacy Volunteers of Lee County is having a fundraising RUN for Reading this weekend at South Seas on Captiva. The Sunday portion of the race has a swimming component, and they're looking for a couple of kayakers to patrol the boundary of the race course so no one goes swimming off to Mexico. The race starts at 7:30 am on Sunday the 25th, and the kayakers need to show up by 6. They will provide kayaks (or if you'd rather, you can bring your own).
They do have a couple of boats that will be out there to help any swimmers in distress, but they haven't signed up any kayakers yet. Since the event is Sunday, they're starting to worry that no one will turn up - so if you're willing to help out, or know anybody that's interested, please have them contact Tess Murphy, tesslvlc@.... Please also forward this on to other paddlers. More info on LVLC and the RUN are below.
p.s. If for some reason you didn’t get my email about Monofilament Madness and want more information on that, please let me know.
Literacy Volunteers of Lee County, FL
Literacy Volunteers of Lee County, FL, (LVLC) has been providing adult literacy programs in Lee County for 20 years. Our mission is to help those adults over the age of 18 who cannot read above a third-grade level, or for whom English is a Second Language. LVLC is proud to be a United Way agency, and an affiliate of ProLiteracy America and the Florida Literacy Coalition.
LVLC is a volunteer-driven agency. Tutoring is done by volunteers who are trained to help adults improve their literacy. Tutors and students meet weekly for one or more hours. The service is free.
LVLC believes that adult literacy is a fundamental ingredient in building strong families and healthy communities. Ensuring that adults have access to quality literacy programs is vital to decreasing health and welfare costs, improving children’s school performance (“the best gift you can give a child is a literate parent”), and boosting workplace productivity.
In 2008, LVLC serve close to 650 adults with 120 tutors. While the program has grown substantially in the past five years, the need is tremendous. Close to 90,000 adults in Lee County are estimated to be functionally illiterate—either because they cannot read and write above a third-grade level, or because they do not speak, write, read or understand English.
Like all nonprofits, LVLC operates as a small business with operating costs that include staff, rent, utilities, telephone, postage, office supplies, insurance, personnel, etc. The economy has resulted in even more people needing our services and we are working to expand the program in spite to financial challenges. LVLC is guided by a Board of Directors made up of community volunteers who donate their time and resources to make sure LVLC carries out its mission. Our sources of funds include special events, grants and individual/corporate contributions.
It was with the goal of providing an annual influx of supporting funds that the LVLC Board has partnered with South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, to present RUN for Reading. Our first RUN will be held October 23, 24 and 25, 2009.
On Saturday, October 24, a 5K Run/Walk will be held on South Seas’ grounds.
On Sunday, October 25, an Aquathlon (Run/Swim) will be held. LVLC is seeking volunteers to competently handle two kayaks during the Aquathlon to help mark the course and to keep an eye out on the swimmers. Two boats will also be in the water during the swim portion of the Aquathlon in case any swimmer gets in trouble. Volunteers will need to be at South Seas on Sunday morning by 6:00 a.m. to meet with South Seas’ Recreation Director, who will coordinate the kayaks and boats for the swim.
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