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When You Support Literacy, You Change Lives

When adults improve their literacy, the whole community benefits. An increase in adult literacy strengthens our economy, improves family welfare, and enables career growth.

Adults who didn’t complete school and/or have low literacy cost all of us. They require more funding from social services, and often lack the skills and education needed for Maine’s 21st Century workforce.

Supporting adult literacy means supporting Maine’s most precious resource: its people.

Other Opportunities to Support Our Mission

  • Donate your time. You can tutor or volunteer in other ways, including in the office or on a committee.
  • CLYNK: Hannaford’s CLYNK program allows your returnable bottles and cans to be donated to our mission. Simply get tagged bags from our office.
    • Or if you have a personal CLYNK account, you can redirect your CLYNK balance to us.  To learn how to do this, click here.
  • Facebook Fundraiser: Engage your contacts and use social media to promote us. You can also share our posts to raise awareness.
  • Collect new or gently used children’s books and we’ll redistribute them to needy families.

Donor Stories

Our donors are committed to improving adult literacy. Whether they’re driven by personal experience, civic duty, or seeing us in action, our donors make our work possible. Read on to learn a little more about some of our most dedicated donors.

Brian Folster

In 2008, Brian Folster was watching WLBZ’s 2 Those Who Care Community Awards Ceremony. Literacy Volunteers of Bangor was named that year’s Agency of Distinction. Brian was so inspired that he called our office the next day to ask how he could get involved. Since then, he has tutored, volunteered on the finance and fundraising committees, and served two terms on the board. He has supported our work financially for 15+ years. In 2013, he became one of the first of our evergreen donors, with his annual contribution divided and paid automatically monthly from his bank. Once set up, the donation required no further action on his part—so easy!
Brian says, “I’m asked often to support various causes, but Literacy Volunteers’ mission remains one that is important to this community and close to my heart.”
For information about how you can set up an evergreen monthly donation, contact our office at 207-947-8451.

Liz Hogencamp

Liz Hogencamp has been both a faithful donor and volunteer with Literacy Volunteers of Bangor since 2015. She began her journey as a tutor and then transitioned to volunteering in the office. Liz does everything from taking the lead in mass mailings to helping at events to tagging CLYNK bags to planting and maintaining flower beds.

Like many of us in this uncertain economy, Liz has recently had to pare down her the financial giving. Still, she continues to give to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor because she truly believes in the mission of helping people improve their lives through literacy. When asked why she gives so generously with both her financial resources and time, she said through glistening eyes, “There are so many people who need help, and I would help them all if I could.”

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is the Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank and Trust. He, like the bank itself, believes in literacy and its positive effect on our community. “Literacy Volunteers of Bangor is one organization we’re thrilled to partner with,” says Jack. “With one in five adults in the U.S. having low literacy, it is critical that programs like Literacy Volunteers are supported.” When adults move towards their full potential, families benefit, and our community thrives. That’s why Bar Harbor Bank & Trust sponsors our major fundraiser, the Literacy Tea.

Denise & Albert Allen

“It has always been important for us to give back and share our blessings both with our time and our resources,” says Denise Allen.  As a former teacher, she found a niche as an LVB tutor, where she saw the difference improved literacy can make in people’s lives. So, it was natural for Denise and her husband Albert to also support this work as donors.

“The more involved I became in LVB, the greater the desire to invest in the short- and long-term goals of the organization. It feels good to know that in some small way we are helping to improve lives in our community,” they say. The Allen’s echo the thinking of so many of our donors. They recognize the importance of our work and see how far their dollars go when they give to Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.

John Thomas

The Galen Cole Family Foundation has been supporting literacy in Maine for over twenty years. Its founder, well-known businessman, civic leader and philanthropist Galen Cole, was deeply committed to improving his community, starting with families. “Of primary importance,” said Trustee John Thomas, “is lifting the levels of aspiration of children, particularly those from financially distressed families,” and to help adults who may have fallen on hard times.  One great way to accomplish both goals is to help adults, especially parents, achieve better literacy, which in turn leads to better jobs, higher aspirations, and better futures.

The Foundation remains committed to helping Mainers by continuing to support Literacy Volunteers of Bangor.

Donor Roll

Our donors make THE difference. Since we receive no state or federal monies, we rely on support from individuals, businesses, and foundations.

We enthusiastically thank our supporters for their annual donations.

Our Supporters (July 1 – June 30)

2023 Donors

2022 Donors

2021 Donors