About Us

About Us




Ozarks Literacy Council seeks to raise awareness and promote literacy through free services to adults and children in Southwest Missouri.

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To unlock the life-changing power of literacy for every willing learner.


Volunteers are the heart of our organization! We rely on volunteers to carry out our programs as well as help with our community events and fundraisers. In 2018 OLC volunteers provided over 12,000 hours of service to the community.


Lori Reusch

Program Director Dr. Andrus and Lori Reusch
Lori Reusch is awesome to sum it all up in one word. She loves to read and wanted to use her free time to help others. Lori has been a reliable volunteer in the OLC office since Septemeber 2016. She is here without fail every week and helps us achieve our mission of raising awareness and promoting literacy through free services to adults and children in southwest MO. Lori works swiftly, accurately and has a fun sense of humor. She volunteers at our special events without being asked and even volunteers her husband and two sons when needed. Lori is a resident of Springfield, MO where she and her husband are raising two sons, one in college and one in high school. We appreciate her dedication and generosity, she is a tremendous asset to us. Lori is our volunteer of the year 2019. (rt. Lori is pictured here with Janelle our programs director)

TUTOR OF THE YEAR 2019, Margie Colon

Margie is dedication! She has been a volunteer tutor for OLC since 2015. In those years she has had a single student. Margie is patient, consistent and kind. Her student is making slow, steady progress that would not be possible without the attention she gets from Margie. Margie makes learning fun! Margie is our tutor of the year 2019. (Margie pictured here with her student Claire)



Ozarks Literacy Council promotes literacy in Southwest Missouri by offering free one-on-one tutoring and a variety of literacy programs.

Donors, sponsors, and partners make it possible for Ozarks Literacy Council to encourage literacy throughout the Ozarks. Your support helps us provide free tutoring, books to schoolchildren, and low-literacy prevention programs. Making a difference starts with one willing individual. Your support empowers someone’s future through literacy.


On November 7, 1968, Dr. Frank Laubach spoke at University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield. The Springfield Area Council of Churches sponsored the meeting. As a result, the Springfield Area Literacy Council was formed. The council’s charter was adopted on November 14, 1968.


In February of 1969, the first tutor training was held at Evangel College with Onita Beucher of Kansas City as the tutor trainer. Thirty tutors were certified and the Laubach “Each One Teach One” training began.

Until United Way funding was acquired in 1979, the agency operated from private homes and churches. United Way funding allowed for a small office downtown and a part-time secretary.


In 1992, we changed our name to the Ozarks Literacy Council, and expanded services to include learners in 11 surrounding counties in Southwest Missouri. We trained 54 new tutors making a total of 183 volunteers and served 192 adult learners.


With help from MSU’s Early Childhood Education Department, the lesson format for Pre-Literacy and Wonder Years was formed.


OLC partners with The Springfield Community Center to kick-off Books Come Alive.


In 2013 Ozarks Literacy Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library District entered into a lease agreement for office space at the Midtown-Carnegie Branch Library at 397 E Central St. This location has been ideal for OLC. The library to refers patrons to our services, provides space for regular training sessions, and reserves rooms for tutoring sessions.


2018 marked the 50th year of the Ozarks Literacy Council. OLC continues to serve the literacy needs of the community by offering three programs. Our main program of one on one literacy tutoring educated 193 students in 2018. We have generous volunteers that read to 32 Springfield preschool classrooms and sent a new book home with each child. Our social advocacy keeps us engaged in the community through public events such as Neighborhood Night Out, Juneteenth, Backpack programs and more.


Our volunteer board is a diverse group of professionals that are dedicated to our mission.
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