Literacy Mid-South Wins Two Spirit of Giving Awards

Friday, Apr 26, 2013

Literacy Mid-South Wins Two Spirit of Giving Awards

Literacy Mid-South joined several area nonprofit organizations in the spotlight today as winners of Volunteer Mid-South’s 2013 Spirit of Giving Awards.

The literacy advocacy group took home two awards: the Outstanding Volunteer Program award for its Adult Learning Program and the Lenore S. Creson Outstanding Board Member award, which honored former LMS Board Chair Teri Sullivan (2011-2012).

The annual awards ceremony recognizes the Mid-South’s most outstanding volunteers in seven categories, ultimately saluting those people and organizations that exemplify the true spirit of giving through community service. Winners in each category receive a $500 award for their agencies.

“It’s extremely moving to be surrounded by so many people who devote so much of their time to making Memphis and the Mid-South a better place,” said Kevin Dean, executive director of LMS. “We’re honored to be in the company of so many wonderful organizations.”

LMS’ Adult Learning Program provides basic education for low-literate adults in the Mid-South. More than 250 trained volunteers participate in the program, offering private and group tutoring in libraries and other locations throughout the city.

Sullivan received her award for her extensive participation in LMS volunteer programs, as well as for encouraging, supporting and fostering volunteerism at every level of the organization.

“While the true award, of course, is increasing literacy levels in the Mid-South, we’re also very excited to receive this recognition of our efforts, particularly from such an esteemed organization as Volunteer Mid-South,” Dean said.

Literacy Mid-South boasts 35 years of devotion to the creation of a literate community through its comprehensive curriculum of programs that includes the adult learning, community-wide reading initiatives and the Smart Memphis Coalition. Literacy Mid-South’s mission is to create a community actively engaged in continuous learning. For more information about Literacy Mid-South, call 901-327-6000 or visit literacymidsouth.org.