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Seeds of Literacy

Seeds of Literacy provides personal education that empowers adults to succeed in their communities. Seeds of Literacy is an adult literacy program providing basic education and GED® preparation free of charge to people in the Cleveland, Ohio area. A unique curriculum and one-on-one tutoring offer maximum learning by building relationships of trust between the student and the tutor. They bring people of diverse race and ethnic backgrounds together to help break a root cause of poverty – illiteracy.

Executive Director: Bonnie Entler                     

 SVP Project Manager: Roslyn Chao   

Years of Engagement: 2015-2016                             

Total SVP Impact as of 12/31/2015

 Value of volunteer hours from partners and friends   $ 6,900
 SVP direct financial contributions (grants awarded)   Time Only
 Indirect contributions because of introduction by SVP   TBD
 Projected operational impact  


Value of volunteering and donations   $ 6,900  

 Strengthening Seeds of Literacy


  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Fundraising
  • Volunteerism

Results and Accomplishments:

  • Completed Organization Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT).
  • Met with the Marketing and Communications Committee to discuss needs and review suggestions.
  • Initiated contact with a consultant to help research and report on issues of adult basic education and discern the profile and characteristics of an adult learner. Presented information and research grant proposal needs to the executive director.
  • Initiated contact with several corporations in Cleveland to help build fundraising outreach.
  • Strategized on ways to diversify the volunteer base with the volunteer coordinator.
  • Contacted several affinity or employee resource groups to search for volunteers.
  • Data Analysis of Student Data to distinguish variables that indicate student success and graduation apart from students departing from the program.

Volunteer Partners of SVP
Volunteer Team: Roslyn Chao (Lead), Ann Marie Bergman, Gargi Patel, Jeff Sobieraj, Stacey Stingley

Advisory Team: Jill Bernaciak, Ariella Brown, Suzanne Doggett, Nancy Hancock Griffith, James Hailey, Karen Kidwell, Ann Newman, Gargi Patel