Community Partner Feature: Lincoln Literacy

With Goodwill’s support, Lincoln Literacy helps refugee parents acquire the skills crucial to finding and keeping a job while assisting their children in school

With support from Goodwill Industries, Lincoln Literacy is helping the city’s refugee and immigrant parents acquire the gateway skills of English language literacy, setting them on the path to becoming self-sufficient breadwinners.
In partnership with Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) and others, Lincoln Literacy volunteer tutors and staff teachers carry out family literacy at ten locations, with the aim of helping refugee parents and children succeed on the job market and at school. The most recent addition has been McPhee Elementary, where instructors work with refugee parents from Burma while their children participate in enrichment learning activities with LPS teachers. In January, LPS and Lincoln Literacy will team up to offer a similar program at Belmont Elementary.
In addition to receiving classroom instruction on speaking, comprehending, reading, and writing English, program participants take part in educational field trips that enable them to apply literacy skills and learn about the community. For example, this year, Lincoln Literacy’s instructors led the group from Burma through Russ’s Market, where the families learned about nutrition, food choices and the layout of the grocery store.
Lincoln Literacy, which has been working to strengthen the community by teaching English and literacy skills to immigrants and refugees since 1972, started its family literacy program, known as FLAIR, ten years ago. Since then, more than 200 children a year, and their parents, have benefited from the program. In all, Lincoln Literacy has served over 1,160 people this year.

To fulfill its mission of strengthening the community through language and literacy services, the nonprofit organization relies on more than 300 trained volunteers to provide more than 50 free English classes per week for people ranging in age from two to 78. Lincoln Literacy delivers individual tutoring, helps businesses retain workers, and boosts children’s ability to succeed in school and adults’ ability to thrive on the job. Learn more at
Each year, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska Inc. provides financial support to Lincoln Literacy and other nonprofits whose activities align with Goodwill’s mission of helping willing workers find employment and maximizing community resources. Goodwill provides services – such as employment and soft skills training and a job matching program – to individuals who face barriers to finding jobs.

The sale of donated goods is Goodwill’s largest source of funding. Community members can support Goodwill by donating gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. Learn more at  

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