The Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Pemi-Baker Literacy, which is located within the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth. The organization will use the grant funds to purchase a new laptop computer and other expenses. The new laptop will provide them with enhanced access to the latest online study materials and tests.
Pemi-Baker Literacy works with other local social service agencies to identify individuals who may be looking to obtain their high school equivalency diploma or improve their computer skills and provides them the training and guidance needed to reach their education goals. The organization’s services include one-on-one tutoring and small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, high school equivalency exam preparation and basic computer skills.
“We are still continually awed by our students’ courage and motivation to further their education,” said Darci McCarthy, Executive Director. “We are so appreciative of the generosity of the volunteers and contributors, who have supported our efforts to provide quality education services to adults in need in our community.”
In May, 2001, Pemi-Baker Literacy was born out of a series of community meetings focused on filling the gaps in literacy needs in the Plymouth area, particularly basic adult education. The outcome of those meetings was a volunteer-based tutoring program , which has since grown to include small classes in the areas of reading, writing, math, English as a second language, preparing for the high school equivalency exam and basic computer skills. For more information about Pemi-Baker Literacy, please visit: www.pemibakerliteracy.org
MVSB established the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund in 1997 under the leadership of John Starrett who was then president and CEO of the Bank. Since then, 248 grants totaling more than $971,992 have been awarded to a wide range of environmental, social, educational, and historic projects throughout the Greater Lakes Region and Plymouth areas. Over the years, the Fund has supported literacy programs, after-school programs, environmental monitoring and education, restoration of historic structures, organizations that provide support for individuals and families in challenging circumstances, and equipment that helps save lives. The deadline for consideration for the 2014 grant cycle is October 15, 2014. Applications are available on the Bank’s website (www.mvsb.com) and at all MVSB offices.
Photo Caption: Branch and Business Development Officers Kelly Beebee (left) and Nancy Mardin (right) with Pemi-Baker Literacy’s Retired Executive Director, Janet Cocchiaro (second from left) and New Executive Director, Darci McCarthy (2nd from right)