Literacy Matters Inaugural Grant Received

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Press Release
September 8, 2018
Nancy Nelson
843 347-4194

Inaugural Grants from the Literacy Matters Fund were awarded to the Horry County Literacy Council and Freedom Readers Saturday at the 2018 International Literacy Day Celebration held at the Carolina Forest Branch Library. Karen Minogue, Director of Development from the Waccamaw Community Foundation, presented these grants on behalf of The Literacy Matters Endowment Fund. She said, “Promoting literacy across diverse groups is a personal passion of mine. Reading can change the direction of an individual’s life and the life of an entire family. We are grateful to the anonymous donor who established The Literacy Matters Fund at Waccamaw Community Foundation – a fund to which anyone may contribute.”

She added, “Reading is critical to success in every area of life. Improving an individual’s ability to read and evaluate sources of information helps improve their opportunity to achieve their full potential as a contributing member of society. These non-profit grant recipients are both very successful at promoting the love of reading and producing more literate individuals in Horry County. These grants will help support them in their missions by funding books, teaching materials and programmatic needs.”

For more information visit To make a contribution, click on “Give Now,” select “Other” and designate your gift to “Literacy Matters Fund.”

Accepting the Literacy Matters Fund grant from the Waccamaw Community Foundation to the Horry County Literacy Council were Angel Parry, Executive Director, and Annette Staehle, President of the HCLC Board. Accepting the grant award to Freedom Readers, Inc. was Gloria Robinson Cooper, board member, on behalf of Dr. Tracy Bailey, Founder and Executive Director. Both literacy non-profit organizations are presently recruiting volunteers. To learn more about their work with literacy see: and

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