About Us

The Suffolk Literacy Council was founded in 1987 by a task force of concerned citizens to address the problem of illiteracy in Suffolk.

The overall mission of the SLC is to combat illiteracy in our city and the surrounding area.
The following are our major goals:
  • To provide free one-on-one tutoring for non-reading adults and those with limited reading skills;
  • To help non-English readers/speakers to become English readers and speakers;
  • To provide tutoring for adults needing basic math skills;
  • To provide training and support for volunteer tutors; and
  • To promote individual literacy.
Because we recognize and value working in partnership with local city and community agencies involved in literacy, the following is part of Article V of our By-Laws: 

 Core agencies with literacy as a priority are Suffolk City Schools, Suffolk Social Services, Paul D Camp Community College, Western Tidewater Regional Jail, Sentara Obici Hospital, Workforce Development Center, Suffolk Public Library and Pruden Center for Industry and Technology.  These agencies shall be entitled to a representative to the Board on a continual basis.
Staff


2016-2017 SLC Board of Directors - Board Members

  • President: Robin Rose, Pruden Center
  • Vice-President: Patsy Powell, Member-at-Large
  • Secretary: Bettie SwainMember-at-Large
  • Treasurer: Marsha Winslow, Farmers Bank
  • Vermelle Byrd, Member-at-Large
  • Lisa Cross, Member-at-Large
  • Linda Drummond, Member-at-Large
  • Marie Evans, Western Tidewater Regional Jail
  • Azeez Felder, Department of Social Services
  • Ernestine Langston, Suffolk Public Library Board
  • Theresa Long, Children's Center
  • Bonnie Maki, Suffolk Public Schools
  • Clint S. Rudy, Suffolk Public Library
  • Hyler Scott, Paul D Camp Community College
  • Faye Sobel, Member-at-Large
  • Gin Staylor, Member-at-Large
  • Ernie Sulski, Member-at-Large
  • Bettie Swain, Member-at-Large
  • Lue Ward, Member-at-Large
  • Lori White, Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Susan White, Member-at-Large
        THANK YOU TO  OUR COMMUNITY DONORS!   
  • Suffolk Rotary Club
  • The Pruden Foundation
  • Richard Bennett Trust
  • CACOV
  • Junto's Woman's Club
  • Virginia Literacy Foundation
  • Oakland Christian United Church of Christ
  • Oak Grove Baptist Church
  • Brighton Rock Lodge
  • Birdsong Trust
  • Glebe Episcopal Church
  • St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
  • Mineral Spring Baptist Church
  • Driver Book Club
  • Suffolk Foundation
  • Nansemond & Isle of Wight Baptist Sunday School
  • Community Action Coalition of Virginia
  • Starr Motors
  • Farmers Bank
  • Birdsong Charitable Foundation
  • Brighton Rock Lodge No. 79
  • The Pilot Club

           THANK YOU TO OUR INDIVIDUAL  DONORS

  • Charles Birdsong                                                              
  • Frances Craig
  • Judith Stone
  • Oliver Creekmore
  • Barbara Rodman
  • Lydia Duke
  • Patricia Iannetta
  • Angela Bialobrzewski
  • Phil and Barbara McPhail
  • Jackie and Eddie White
  • Lois Anderson
  • Lindsey White
  • Scott & Heather Carr
  • Charles E. White III
  • Donald & Kay Goldberg
  • Fan Panton
  • David & Arlene Zeiler
  • Mary Anne & Larry Riddick
  • Michael and Fran Duman
  • Ellen & Whitney Saundeers
  • Joan D. Sullivan
  • Gloria & Johnnie Mizelle
  • Vivian May
  • Charles Hargrave
  • Mardane McLemore
  • Hunter Odom
  • Virginia Savage
  • Alan & Cheryl Hunt
  • Clay & Susan White
  • Philip Mohler
  • Marsha Winslow
  • E. Roettger & B. Banze
  • Jim and Becky Habel
  • Ernie Sulski
  • Harper and Laura Bradshaw
  • Hugh & Lynn Cross
  • Lisa & Harry Cross
  • Nancy Dempsey
  • Linda Drummond
  • John Eure
  • Chris Jones
  • Ernestine Langston
  • Sarah Newsom
  • Pat Powell
  • Faye Sobel
  • Jennifer Van Petten
  • Lori White
  • Mary Martin
  • Charles Brown
  • Azeez Felder
  • Lynda Kennedy
  • Curtis Milteer
  • Gin & Mills Staylor
  • JaQuanna Wilkins
  • Gloria & Johnnie Mizelle
  • Susan White
  • Toni & Jeff Gardy
  • Alice & Tim Lee
  • Clint Rudy
  • Bonnie Maki
  • Jennifer Hoover
  • Angela Summer
  • Theresa Long
  • Elbert Williams
  • Larry Brunson
  • Keith & Patricia Tully
  • Kelly Baker
  • Robin Rose
  • Otil Brown
  • Vermelle Byrd
  • Marie Evans
  • Lue Ward
  • Hyler Scott
  • Bettie Swain
  • Deborah Powell
  • Annette Pace
  • Josh Rose
  • Louise Ross
  • Rebecca Bryce
  • Dallas Boone
  • Anna LoCascio
  • Kay Goldberg
  • Eliza Rainey
  • Sheri Anderson
  • Jessica Retiz
  • Glenn Wiggins
  • Vesha Jones
  • Dallas Boone
  • Damay Bullock
  • Kathy and David Rawls
  • Joseph and Melissa Cross
  • Lee and Kate Cross
  • Pearl Harrell
  • Mike & Marti Debranski
  • Frances Carr
  • Barbara Rodman