Q1: How long have you been a volunteer for Ozarks Literacy Council?
I’ve been volunteering for OLC since the fall of 2012.
Q2: What do you do as a volunteer with Ozarks Literacy Council?
I volunteered with the pre-literacy program for three years and have participated as a literacy tutor since 2013.
Q3: What brought you as a volunteer to Ozarks Literacy Council?
I had been aware of OLC as an organization for many years and knew it was a great cause. I found out a coworker was on the OLC Board and after getting information from her, I finally signed up and am very glad I did.
Q4: What do you do when you aren’t volunteering? Please share with us if you are employed, what your hobbies are, etc.
I work for the Springfield Fire Department as an administrative assistant. I love to read, travel, and hit the Ozarks Greenways with my husband and our dog, Jasper. I am a runner and also a volunteer coach with a local Couch to 5k running group.
Q5: What is your favorite book?
The English Patient by Michael Ondaajte.
Q6: What’s been your fondest memory as a volunteer with Ozarks Literacy Council?
It’s very exciting to see someone “get” an area they’ve struggled with and to watch their confidence build.
Q7: Why is literacy important to you?
I recently visited France, knowing very little French. It was an amazing trip, but, until I returned home, I didn’t realize how very stressful it had been to be unable to read in the environment around me. Literacy empowers communication, knowledge, opportunities, relationships, and well-being. The ability to read and write equals knowledge, self-empowerment and independence. Literacy enhances our community as a whole, there’s only benefit.