Charleston awarded $25k grant to address literacy

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the City of Charleston announced that the city has been awarded $25,000 to implement a service initiative designed to address literacy.

According to city officials, Charleston is one of 23 cities to win a Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing "impact volunteering" strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

"Volunteers are able to help our community achieve so many wonderful goals, and there can be no goal more important than helping children learn to read," Mayor Joe Riley said." This funding from Cities of Service will help us do just that. The City of Charleston will partner with Reading Partners Charleston and the $25,000 grant will allow for an additional 100 children to receive one on one tutoring services twice a week in their school environment and to augment services at current site, specifically through curriculum and additional books for the on-site reading centers.  This program relies on dedicated volunteers to conduct the tutor sessions, and is an evidence-based, volunteer-driven program."

The Cities of Service model focuses on impact volunteering – volunteer strategies that target community needs, use best practices, and set clear, measurable outcomes to gauge progress.

Information provided by the City of Charleston.