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Goodwill Industries receives a $50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support Literacy.

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan – Goodwill Industries receives $50,000 from the Consumers Energy Foundation in support of their Read & Seed Family Literacy Program as a two year grant. A presentation was made to Goodwill at their Annual Meeting and Awards luncheon, on April 22, 2014. Read and Seed is a comprehensive family literacy collaboration between the Kalamazoo Literacy Council and the Goodwill Life Guides Program©. Over the next two years, Read & Seed will provide coordinated literacy activities with 34 low-income families representing 72 young children.

Research shows that poverty and illiteracy are closely connected. Nationally, 1st graders from low-income families have 50% smaller vocabularies than their peers from higher income families. Before they even enter school, children living in poverty face a host of challenges that their wealthier peers do not including food and housing insecurity, poor health care and unsafe environments, and limited exposure to books and language. Read & Seed is designed to help address the literacy needs of low-income families and parents who may lack the reading and academic skills to fully support their children’s education.

“The Consumers Energy Foundation works every day with nonprofit organizations to plant the seeds for Michigan’s healthy future,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We’re pleased to team up with Goodwill Industries and the Kalamazoo Literacy Council to promote literacy and interest in sustaining one of the many Michigan communities we serve.”

The family literacy programming will become an on-going part of Life Guide programming. The Goodwill Life Guide Coach, the Kalamazoo Literacy Council Executive Director and the Family Literacy Facilitator will assure the inclusion of literacy related activities and programming into the overall Life Guide strategy. Staff will construct a range of family literacy activities based on the overarching theme of health and wellness.

For more information on Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, call (269) 382-0490 or visit online at and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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