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Founded in September 2019, the Janice Cuddahee Fund honors the memory of a literacy advocate who enjoyed a long career with Literacy New York (LNY), culminating in her leading the organization as Executive Director. Janice Cuddahee's lifetime of service to LNY made our New York network the best in the nation. Janice was, as so many have said, a literacy warrior. She fought for literacy learners; she fought for the role of well-trained volunteers in adult education; she fought for NY State funding; and she fought for increased public awareness of low-level adult literacy in our state and across the nation. Sadly, we lost Janice to cancer in April, 2019.

Volunteers, technology, and the belief that an online tutor workshop could train a new cadre of tutors to help meet the enormous need to assist more low-literacy level adults across NY and the nation - these key aspects of Janice's passion for adult literacy form the foundation of the first project of the Janice Cuddahee Fund:  The Janice Cuddahee Tutor Support Program.  With the resources of the Janice Cuddahee Fund, Literacy New York will make Janice's passion a reality and use technology to train and support more volunteer tutors.

We'll ensure, as she always wanted, that small and insufficiently-funded organizations have the opportunity to apply for online training support grants.

For someone who occasionally struggled with the "how to" of hardware and software, Janice had an incredible vision for the potential technology had for adult literacy. Thanks to her dream and hard work, LNY developed, delivers, and supports a professional online tutor training curriculum that is making a significant impact across the state.

Even if you did not know Janice personally, think about what she wrestled with daily: the 3.4 million New York adults - parents, caregivers, and neighbors in our communities - who do not have a high school diploma and need basic skills. She constantly asked: "how can we ever begin to train enough tutors and instructors so that we could make a greater impact?" She knew technology could be the strategy that would provide a professional, evidenced-based tutor training that allows for consistency and quality for any organization.

Your contribution allows Literacy New York to underwrite the costs of online tutor training workshops for deserving literacy programs. Your gift supports a unique product: an online tutor training that serves an important volunteer tutor community - a community of volunteers that donates valuable time to help an often-forgotten adult learner population.

We have set an ambitious goal for the first year of the fund, with a target of $55,000 by December 2020. We were provided with an incredible jump start from Betty and Carl Pforzheimer, longtime friends and supporters of Literacy New York, who provided a lead gift of $25,000! Betty (a former LNY Board Member) challenges all of us to follow their lead, match their gift, and become a partner in Literacy New York's Janice Cuddahee Fund.

With your support, we truly can, as Janice believed, "help improve adult learners' lives and strengthen our community."

To donate, click the button below and choose "Janice Cuddahee Fund" when directing your donation. Thank you so much!



We also have a new way people can support the Janice Cuddahee Fund with peer to peer fundraising -- check it out here!



With gratitude,

Kathy Houghton, Executive Director

P.S. If you are an adult literacy program interested in applying for tutor training workshops to train volunteer tutors to teach Reading Basics, Language Basics (serving English Language Learners), Math Basics, or Employability Soft Skills, take a look at our Intake to Outcomes (I2O) training at https://intake-to-outcomes.teachable.com and apply here.


For more information, email Kathy Houghton at khoughton@literacynewyork.org.

Thank you for learning a little bit about Janice and the Janice Cuddahee Fund!