Literacy Initiative

Working together to find creative solutions to intergenerational low literacy


Why Literacy?

Most people are unaware of the consequences of low literacy and its costs. Every critical social and economic issue is impacted by low literacy. As humans who are part of the collective that we call society, our lives are intertwined in a thousand ways – our wellness, enterprise, education, and infrastructure are reliant on the strength of the group, not just the individual. In this way, a fundamental like literacy isn’t just about a child or an adult who cannot read. It’s about all of us. In other words, it is a community problem, not a personal problem – one with interconnected, vital implications for our businesses, our governments, our culture and our family lives.

To try and combat many of these issues, the Community Foundation has put resources into a pilot program that addresses multi-generational literacy challenges. Our program is place-based and provides multi-year funding. Our first pilot was funding literacy and other programs in the Harrisburg Community of Augusta, Ga. In year four, we added the communities of Laney Walker/Bethlehem and East Augusta.

This is an invitation-only application that is centered around families zoned for Lamar-Milledge Elementary School and W.S. Hornsby Elementary School.


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“Literacy is the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”

-Kofi Annan
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We welcome your questions and comments. Please contact Rebecca Wallace, Vice President of Programs, here or 706-724-1314.