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Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

LIteracy Council of the Ouachitas

aka Literacy Council of Garland County   |   Hot Springs, AR   |  www.ouachitaliteracy.org
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Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

EIN: 71-0583801


Mission

The Literacy Council of Garland County, Arkansas is a non-profit organization striving to enhance success in daily life by building literacy skills.

Ruling year info

1984

Director

Sarah Richardson

Main address

119 Hobson Avenue

Hot Springs, AR 71901 USA

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EIN

71-0583801

Subject area info

Adult education

Population served info

Adults

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

44 million Americans can not read beyond a fifth grade level. That is 14% of the population. Illiteracy has a profound negative impact on the lives of individuals. 50% of chronically unemployed adults are illiterate. 43% of people with low-literacy live in poverty. The number 1 factor in predicting a child's reading success is whether or not their parent can read. On a local level, 11,000 Garland County residents are low level readers. Another 5,000 are English language learners. There are many barriers to improving adult literacy ranging from transportation to access to childcare.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One on One tutoring

Tutoring includes Reading, Math, English as a Second Language. We also have classes in English for Spanish Speakers. Everything we do is free to the student and done by volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of adult learners enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Unemployed people, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

One on One tutoring

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

One on One tutoring

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Literacy Council of the Ouachitas values literacy as a basic human need. We value respect as a tool for fostering growth, increasing accessibility and collaboration to ensure an inclusive learning environment. It is our vision to remove barriers and provide support in relentless pursuit of a literate community. Our mission is to support individuals by building multi faceted literacy skills. All of this is accomplished by providing free, confidential tutoring to adults in reading, writing, math, English as second language, computer skills, and more.

Our primary strategy for improving adult literacy is through one-on-one and small group classes for adults provided by volunteer tutors. These classes are planned around the needs of students such as scheduling, demographics, transportation, and location. We work with students to identify possible barriers to their engaging in tutoring. For example, we established an English as a second language class with childcare for parents needing to improve their English skills. We also recruit and train volunteer tutors. This includes training volunteers in tutoring methods, supporting student growth, assessment, and more. In recent years, we have expanded our course offerings to include basic math and digital literacy. Many adults lack the basic skills needed to function effectively in the digital age. We have established assessments, programs, and support for adults to gain these skills. As other needs arise for special topic classes that help support adults in being successful, we will continue to pursue meeting those needs.

Our council has been open since 1983. We are perfectly poised for a season of growth. At this time, we have two staff members who are passionate and organized to pursue growth and expansion in all areas of our mission. Our board is actively engaged and enthusiastic in support of our goals. The board has created a clear plan for progress in meeting the literacy needs of our community and is consistently evaluating progress on that plan. We have long-term established relationships and support with the statewide and national organizations for supporting adult literacy including the Adult Learning Alliance and Arkansas Literacy Councils. These agencies provide us with professional development, technology support and more. We have ample facilities to support tutor pairs and small groups, along with larger groups for volunteer training. Our community has supported our organization in the past 2 years by funding 20-30% of our budget with donations.

In the course of our 40 year history we have had quite an impact on our community. Our focus at this time is on expanding our services to the 3 unserved counties around us.

Financials

Literacy Council of the Ouachitas
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Director

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Literacy Council of the Ouachitas

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Kenyann Lucas


Board co-chair

Terry Diggs

Diggs Law Firm

Term: 2019 - 2025

John Simpson

Retired Medical Doctor

Dan Sampson

Retired Union Representative

Charles Matthews

Retired Attorney

Miriam Rameris

Attorney

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.