Your Place for Professional Development and Literacy Resources | February 2020
In this Issue:
  • Welcome, Shannon and Cassie!
  • Save the Date for The Big Share March 3rd
  • Remembering Mary Moze (1947-2020)
  • Meet Ruth - Tutor at Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council
  • Member Spotlight: Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council
  • Winter Virtual Conference
  • We're Hiring! Part-time Project Specialist
  • Applications for ProLiteracy's 25th Anniversary National Book Fund Grants Will Open February 1
  • Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants
Wisconsin Literacy News
Welcome, Shannon and Cassie!
We're excited to welcome Shannon and Cassie in our new Regional Community Coordinator (RCC) positions. RCCs will focus on fostering and supporting community collaborations.

  • Shannon will work in the Northwest region.
  • Cassie will cover our new North Central region.

The new RCC position and new NC region will help us make sure literacy services are available in every Wisconsin county.

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Welcome Shannon Mason Young
Shannon, our new Northwest Regional Community Coordinator, comes to us with a wealth of experience in nonprofit organizations, from serving as a board member, leading finance and fund development committees, recruiting volunteers and building strong community relationships. She also worked for many years in the banking industry. Shannon previously worked as the American Indian Education Coordinator for the Eau Claire Area School District.

In addition, her work in profit and nonprofit organizations has given her extensive experience in helping others connect to community resources. Shannon is an active member in her community volunteering with many nonprofit organizations. She received her BA in Sociology with a Minor in Business from Oklahoma City University.

Email a welcome to her at
Welcome Cassie McLain
Cassie , our new North Central Regional Community Coordinator, spent most of her working life in the healthcare field as a health educator and outreach coordinator in public health, the hospital setting, long term care and even sales. 

After retiring, she volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Aging and Disability Resource Center. 

She sees her strength as being a connector who can put people together to achieve the best for the communities they serve.  Working with the literacy council is the perfect coda to an amazing career.

Cassie and her husband Joel live in a home in the woods between Wausau and Merrill. They share their home with a 16-year old cat and a 3-month old rescue puppy. They have 2 adult children who started life as twins.

Email a welcome to her at
Save the Date: The Big Share is March 3rd
Join Wisconsin Literacy on March 3 and share your commitment to literacy during The Big Share, an online 24-hour day of giving hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin, an organization leading efforts throughout Wisconsin to protect our civil rights and build a safe and sustainable future where everyone can thrive.

Get involved!

  • Hour of Power: (10:00-11:00 am) Give during this hour to double your donation with a match! Mark your calendar.

  • Help Us Celebrate 35 years: (3:00-5:00 pm) Share you literacy story and invite friends to donate to Wisconsin Literacy – our goal is to welcome 35 new donors during these 2 hours!

  • Invite Your Friends: Watch us on Facebook or Twitter and follow #CSWBigShare. Build the buzz by sharing Wisconsin Literacy updates, memes, and invitations to invest in literacy work!

  • Share Your Story: Watch our "Literacy Live" interview series and share your story about how literacy impacts your life. #ShareYourStory
Remembering Mary Moze (1947-2020)
The Literacy world lost a dear friend in the passing of Mary Moze of Milwaukee, on January 11, 2020. A longtime supporter of Wisconsin Literacy, Mary also had a deep connection to literacy work in Milwaukee. She is remembered as a wonderful teacher and mentor during her years at Milwaukee Area Technical College where she was an instructor beginning in 1992.

Mary joined the Greater Milwaukee Literacy Coalition board of directors in 2000. She served as president from 2003-2005 and received the Spirit Award in 2006. She continued on the board through the organization’s name change in 2009 to the Literacy Coalition of Southeastern Wisconsin. Other roles included membership chair and newsletter co-chair from 2002 until the organization folded into Wisconsin Literacy in 2013. The Moze-Mulvey Award, for marketing excellence still exists and honors her work.

“Mary’s legacy goes beyond the classroom. She inspired and supported literacy professionals and volunteers. She was an advocate with a clear vision rooted in collaboration.”
– Anna Bierer, past president, Literacy Coalition of Southeastern Wisconsin

A celebration of her life was held in Milwaukee on Monday, January 20. To honor Mary’s memory, friends can remember her with donations to the Wisconsin Literacy SE Scholarship Fund that supports post-secondary education for GED and HSED graduates in Southeastern Wisconsin by going to the Wisconsin Literacy website.
Success Stories
Meet Ruth Riesch, tutor from Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council
While working in the Emergency Room, Ruth Riesch met a farmer who couldn't read enough to fill out his hospital form. That interaction stuck with her for years.

When she retired, she decided to do something to support literacy in her community. She became a tutor at Marinette and Oconto Counties.

She has helped learners start their own businesses, learn the names of tools to communicate better at work, and practice speaking with staff at their children’s schools.

Member Spotlight: Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council
It all started with healthcare. Janet Glime, President of Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council, was working as a nurse when she started noticing hospital patients who struggled to read.  

She checked local literacy rates and found that the highest need came from the rural areas.

The literacy council came to serve both Marinette and Oconto counties in Northeastern Wisconsin. The program uses one-to-one tutoring so that the learner and tutor can focus on the learner’s specific goals.

Professional Development
Enjoy professional development from the warmth of your home or office with a week-long webinar series for staff, volunteers, and board of directors.
When: February 3 – February 7, 2020

  • Monday, Feb 3 (12-1 pm): Dyslexia: What to Watch For and How to Help
  • Tuesday, Feb 4 (9-10 am): AEFL Corrections Grant Application Basics
  • Wednesday, Feb 5 (1-2 pm): W-2 Partnership Panel
  • Thursday, Feb 6 (10-11 am): Tour the Achieve Database
  • Thursday, Feb 6 (6-7 pm): Planned Giving: Why and How (*Great for board directors!)
  • Friday, Feb 7 (10-11 am): Civic Engagement for Learners: Voting and the Census

Missed a webinar? Watch the recordings here.
Job Postings
We're Hiring! Part-time Project Specialist
The Project Specialist is a member of the team for Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL), a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. The Specialist provides project support to the WHL team under the direction of the division’s Director and Associate Director.

Responsibilities include:
  • planning, writing, testing, and implementing community-based projects across Wisconsin, with a focus on vulnerable populations and those served by Wisconsin Literacy member agencies
  • coordination for community education, as well as other health literacy and health equity programs
  • assisting in project development, coordination, and implementation
  • grant writing support
  • enhancing relationship building and networking

WHL has a clear vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay, and to do their best work. We work in close partnership with communities across Wisconsin to improve health literacy and health equity. These efforts would not be possible without the strong dedication of our passionate and creative team.

For more information on the position and to apply, go to
Resources and Funding Opportunities
Applications for ProLiteracy's 25th Anniversary National Book Fund Grants Will Open February 1
Applications will be open on February 1 for ProLiteracy’s National Book Fund (NBF), which supplies books and materials to adult literacy and basic education programs. The resources available through the NBF are from ProLiteracy’s publishing division, New Readers Press. Please visit the National Book Fund page for more information. Applications will be accepted through ProLiteracy’s online grant portal. Click here to create your account*.
Applications must be submitted no later than March 15, 2020, to be considered. Grant announcements will be made by April 30, 2020.
To help programs learn more about the NBF and what makes a strong proposal, ProLiteracy will conduct a FREE Learn & Share webinar.
Sarah Howell, National Book Fund program director, will provide attendees with general information about the National Book Fund.

Webinar: Learn & Share: National Book Fund
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

For more information, contact Sarah Howell at (315) 214-2455 or
*Accounts on ProLiteracy’s online grant portal are different from Education Network. If you have not applied for a grant through our online grant portal before, you will need to create a new account.
Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants
Dollar General Literacy Foundation will award funding to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas:
  • Adult basic education
  • High school equivalency preparation
  • English language acquisition

To be considered, you must apply online no later than 10 p.m. CST February 20, 2020.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
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