An Important Announcement
What an eventful year 2017 has been, and it has been filled with good things. We look forward to 2018 with eager anticipation.
We will officially become a Warren County Community Service's Program effective Jan. 1, 2018. Our mission statements are compatible and conducive to a synergistic collaboration. I will continue to be Adult New Reader's Director, and we will continue to operate in the same way. WCCS will be a valuable resource in finding funding sources which will allow us to focus more fully on serving even more people who need our help with their literacy.
Adult New Readers will move to new office space at the WCCS Administration Bldg., 570 North State Rt. 741, Lebanon, OH 45036 (across the street from Otterbein). We are currently packing up to move and expect the moving process to begin the first week in January. There will be a bit of an overlap between the old and new office spaces during the month of January.
Until the move is completed, we will still be reached at our current email address and phone numbers. Our new office number at WCCS will be 513-695-2243. I apologize for any confusion this may cause.
Happy New Year!
Barbara Geiger, Executive Director
Warren County Adult New Readers
Go to the "Success Stories" area of our site to read about a recent student achievement.
End of Year Donation Campaign
This annual campaign is underway. The need is especially urgent this year because we have operated with zero funding from United Way since July 1, 2016 and we must depend on funding from the libraries, grant money, and donations in order to survive. Our free, individualized, one-on-one tutoring improves the lives of all who are touched by it in differing ways that are unique, appropriate, and productive. Some of their pictures and stories are featured on this website.
Your individual gift of any amount will be well used and greatly appreciated. Please make your check payable to Warren County Adult New Readers and mail it to 300 E. Silver Street, Lebanon, Ohio. Your donation is tax deductible. (11/26/17)
Community Awareness Outreach
WCANR Director, Barbara Geiger, spent the afternoon at Franklin Area Community Services in downtown Franklin, Ohio on Oct. 31. A display table with handouts was set up in the waiting area for those visiting the Food Pantry and waiting to apply for HEAP assistance.(See photo in Community Outreach folder in Photo Gallery)
She handed out Halloween Candy along with WCANR information. A special thanks to FACS Director, Terry Coyle, and all the volunteers working there that day for their warm hospitality and the opportunity to tell others about our program and how to access it
WCANR Celebrates 30 Years!
Tutors, volunteers, our board members, and guests gathered together Sunday, Oct. 15 in the Fellowship Hall of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church to recognize and celebrate our 30 years of helping others. It was a joyful, happy occasion with a special time for those present to share personal memories about Adult New Readers. Barbara Geiger WCANR Director, John Roesch WCANR President, and Eugene Rose WCCS Chief Executive Officer gave short presentations. We were very pleased that Chris Earnhart, former director, could attend. She graciously agreed to cut the first slice of anniversary cake for us. We extend our thanks to the Lebanon Presbyterian Church for allowing us to use their space and to Heidi Oliver for her help with all the arrangements and to all our RSVP Volunteers for their help before, during, and after the celebration. We now look forward to the next 30 years with excitement and anticipation of being able to help even more people. Check out photos in photo gallery.
New Tutors Trained at the Franklin Library
We extend a warm welcome to Theresa Cunningham, Gwen Johnson, Kathie Harris, Cynthia Miller, Jan Terbrueggen, Navjot Gill, and Mary Lynne Lawton who were trained at our latest tutor training workshop Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at the Franklin Public Library. Their varied and relevant talent and experience along with their admirable desire to help others will be a valuable addition to our program. We are grateful that they have decided to help WCANR help others. The training was led by Barbara Geiger with valuable assistance from experienced tutors Fred Akers, Heidi Oliver, and Deborah Lewis. A big thank you to the Franklin Library for the meeting space for the workshop. Check out photos in the photo gallery
Lebanon Optimists Club Presentation
Barbara Geiger, our Executive Director, was the guest speaker for the Lebanon Optimists Luncheon held at the Golden Lamb, Monday, September 11. She said it was wonderful to be able to talk about Adult New Readers' past, present, and future to such a warm and welcoming group. She appreciated the opportunity to answer questions and provide information. Thanks to Optimist member, Jack Collopy, for the invitation to participate. (9/14/17)
Franklin Walmart Awards $500 Grant to WCANR
Thank you Franklin Walmart for your grant through the Community Grants Program!!! The money will be used to reach out to adults not currently being reached by our program, pay for tutor training for volunteer tutors and purchase necessary tutor manuals and student books and workbooks. This grant is deeply appreciated and will help us continue to make a difference in the lives of adults in our area seeking to improve their literacy skills. (9/11/17)
Welcome New Tutors!
WCANR extends a warn welcome to Cynthia Bates, Christine Boylan, Leslie Green, Martha Howard, Rebecca Huber, Beth Smith and Mary Webb our newest tutors who were trained at the Aug. 31 Tutor Training Session at the Mason Library. They bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise that will be very valuable and effective in their one-on-one tutoring. The training was led by the Barbara Geiger who thanks Mimi McCain and Jeanne Than-Win for their help with the training. Check out the photos in the Photo Gallery
Kroger Community Rewards Donation Increases Again!
We just received the good news from Kroger that we now have 22 household supporters. This number is up from 19 last quarter. These supporters who shopped at Kroger between 5-1-17 and 7-31-17 have contributed to our $170. 85 donation (up from $159.46 last quarter). Thank you one and all and please know how much this is needed and appreciated! With the loss of our Warren County United Way funding last year, every penny counts!
If you aren’t already registered to support another program, please consider signing up to support Adult New Readers.
All you need is a Kroger Plus card. Set up an on line account with Kroger if you don’t already have one. When your on line account is set up, you need to link your plus card number with our number, which is 81526. Every time you shop and use your Plus Card, a percentage will go to Adult New Readers.
Register on line at krogercommunityrewards.com. If you have any questions regarding setting up your on line account, please contact 1-866-221-4141, As of April 1, 2017, you will no longer have to re enroll each year! (9/3/17)
Good News from Waynesville
WCANR has just received a $200 donation from the Waynesville Progressive Women's Club. Their generosity in this and other donations over the years has been a great support for us in continuing to strive to provide the opportunity for free, individualized, one-on-one literacy tutoring available to as many people as possible in our area. Thank you ladies for your support! Thanks also to Deborah Thompson (one of our tutors) for making the request on our behalf. (8-17-17)
$500 Grant Received From Lebanon Walmart
We recently received the good news that WCANR had been awarded $500 from the Lebanon Walmart through their Community Grants Program. The money will be used for tutor training and for books and materials to help keep up with the demand for our free service. This grant is deeply appreciated and will help us continue to make a difference in the lives of adults in our area seeking to improve their literacy skills. Thank you Lebanon Walmart! (8-15-17)
A Southwest Ohio Regional Meeting was held Friday, Aug. 11 at the Warren Correctional Institution to discus ways to develop and deliver volunteer services in a way that strengthens the continuum from prison pre-release to post release and leads to successful reentry and reduced recidivism. WCANR Director, Barbara Geiger, attended and gained new insight and knowledge about possibilities for our program to be of service in this area. These possibilities will be explored and researched to see when and how they can be most successfully implemented.
Good News from Franklin's Deardoff Senior Center
WCANR Board Member, Liz Buchanan has given us the good news that we will be receiving a quarterly donation from the Deardoff Senior Center in Franklin. Tickets will be sold at their monthly meetings for a 50/50 drawing. The winner of the drawing will receive 50% of the prize money and the remaining 50% will be split evenly between Warren County Adult New Readers, Franklin Food Pantry and Warren County Animal Shelter in quarterly payments. Our heart-felt thanks to Deardoff for including us in the distribution. It is an honor to receive it and to be included with the other worthy non profits. (7/25/17)
WCANR Welcomes a New Tutor!
We are very pleased to have Deborah Lewis join us as our newest tutor. She has an extensive background in education and holds an Ohio Teaching Certificate with an endorsement as a reading specialist. She was trained as a tutor volunteer on June 30 and received her first tutoring assignment on July 10. She and her student are meeting at the Franklin Library for their sessions and are off to a great start. Welcome Deborah! It's a pleasure to have you with us. (7/17/17)
Adult Book Discussion Group Meeting
WCANR Director, Barbara Geiger, attended the meeting July 11 at the Salem Township Library in Morrow. The group discussed J.D. Vance's book, Hillbilly Elegy. The comments were very insightful and thought provoking. Some were quite relevant to issues of literacy with adult new readers. It was an enjoyable and informative evening. (7/12/15)
Warren County Criminal Justice Board’s Resource Fair
The event was held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in the gymnasium of the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities building on Drake Road from 2-6 pm. The event was held to raise awareness and supply information to the general public regarding the wide variety of County resources available in Lebanon and the surrounding areas.
John Roesch, Barbara Geiger and Heidi Oliver were there to represent Adult New Readers by talking to people about our free one-on-one tutoring to those learning to read or to do so better as well as those learning English as a second language. They also passed out information about our program and other interesting items. (Check out the photos of our exhibit and some of our visitors in the photo gallery under “Community Outreach”
In addition to making our services known to the general public, it was also helpful to exchange information with other agency representatives and discuss possible ways to collaborate with each other.
Thanks to John, Barbara and Heidi for their participation and to the organizers of the event and all the other participants for making the event so successful. (7/5/17)
Lebanon Rotary Club Speaker
Barbara Geiger, our Executive Director, was the guest speaker for the Lebanon Rotary Luncheon held at the Golden Lamb, Thursday, June 22. She said it was wonderful to be able to talk about Adult New Readers’ past, present and future to such a warm and welcoming group. She also appreciated the insightful questions and the supportive atmosphere. (6/28/17)
Community Awareness Presentation
Wednesday, June 21, Barbara Geiger, WCANR Director, made a presentation at the Advisory Council, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Meeting at the Warren County Community Services Building, Lebanon, Ohio.
She talked about the history of WCANR along with an update on all the good things that are currently happening. The presentation ended with some recent student success stories that were as varied and individual as the students we serve. Our students all share the common goal of improving their literacy but, in addition, have their own very specific goals that relate only to them and are addressed with the individualized one-on-one instruction.
The presentation was well received and there were many interesting questions asked by attendees and it was good to be able to spread the word about Adult New Readers and what we do. (6/21/17)
Community Awareness Outreach
Thanks to David Geiger, John Kropf, John Roesch, Heidi Oliver and her family for their help with our Information Table at the Allistrong Foundation’s Family Fun Day in Carlisle, Ohio Saturday, June 10. Thanks also to Mike Geygan, Minuteman Press in Lebanon for giving us a deep discount on a banner to display and book marks to pass out on occasions when we wish to make our presence known.
We talked to people about Adult New Readers and what we do and passed out our brochures, book marks and “Smartie” suckers. Follow up phone calls will be made to people who expressed an interest and want to know more about us, as well as those interested in making an appointment to pursue helping us or being helped by us. (6-11-17)
Kroger Plus contribution to WCANR increases again thanks to our benefactor shoppers
We just received the good news from Kroger that our supporters (19 households) who shopped at Kroger between 2-1-2017 and 4-30-2017 have contributed to our $159.46 total donation. We will be receiving a check for this amount within 30 days. This amount represents an increase from the $136.18 we received last quarter. Thank you one and all! If you aren't already registered to support another program, please consider signing up to support Adult New Readers.
All you need is a Kroger Plus card. Set up an on line account with Kroger if you don't already have one. When your on line account is set up, you need to link your plus card number with our number, which is 81526. Every time you shop and use your Plus Card, a percentage will go to Adult New Readers.
Register on line at krogercommunityrewards.com. If you have any questions regarding setting up your on line account, please contact 1-866-221-4141. As of April 1, 2017, you will no longer have to re enroll each year! (6/5/17)
WCANR Executive Director, Barbara Geiger, recently met with Christina Brown, co founder of the Allistrong Foundation and Mary Kay Nordheim, store manger for the Foundation’s Free Store in Carlisle, to coordinate efforts to help parents in families they are assisting. The foundation is a non-profit organization that provides clothing, household supplies and minor personal products to residents of Carlisle, Franklin, Miamisburg and surrounding communities. Christina and Mary Kay will let their clients know about the availability of free one-on-one adult tutoring through WCANR and that we will help them access our services. . (5/28/17)
Local Business Makes a Donation to WCANR
Toby Lippincott, owner of Contractor Direct Roofing LLC, Franklin, Ohio, impressed by what Roger Gollihugh (an RSVP volunteer) told him about our organization made a $300 donation to us. We are very grateful to Toby for the generous donation and to Roger for his tireless work on our behalf. (5-22-17)
TUTOR TRAINING HELD AT THE FRANKLIN LIBRARY
Our latest tutor training session was held May, 9, 2017 at the Franklin Public Library in Franklin, Ohio. See photos in photo gallery.
We welcome 3 newly trained tutors to our program. Alexander Brandt, Michael Duffin and Richard Thomas bring varied and relevant talents and experience with them and will be valuable additions to our program. They each will soon be working one-on-one with a student. We are pleased that they have chosen to donate their time and talent to our program. (5-12-17)
LUNCHEON HELD TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS
A joyful celebration luncheon was held to honor all the volunteers with Warren County Adult New Readers, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. WCANR is the only program in Warren County that provides individualized one-on-one tutoring help for adults with low level literacy skills and adults from other countries who are learning to read, write and speak English. It is also the only program in Warren County that provides meetings that are flexible and scheduled for times mutually convenient for both student and tutor. Improving their literacy enriches the lives of students and their families and the community as a whole benefits in economic and social ways.
The luncheon was sponsored in part by Anderson Funeral Home, Debbie Evans, John Hise, LCNB Bank, Middletown Community Foundation and Ruscello's Salon.Those being honored were libraries (Lebanon, Franklin/Springboro, Salem Township and Mason) who provide financial and much other support, WCANR board members, volunteers, trained volunteer tutors and students. They all contribute to our stated mission whether it be a gift of time, talent, resources, monetary gift or all the above. The celebration was held at Otterbein Philippi Hall, Lebanon and included a delicious luncheon, a program of music provided by a group of five Springboro High School Band students and a time of recognition. Check out photos in the website photo gallery.
A multitude of door prizes and party favors were all donated by Anytime Fitness, Cheryl's Cakes, Cincinnati Association for the Blind, Coffman YMCA, Dairy Queen, Domino's Pizza, Edible Arrangements, Flowers from the Rafters, Franklin Public Library, Friesinger's, Galaxy Nail Spa, Gollihugh Financial Services, Great Clips, Greg's Prime Meats, Hair Color Authority, Hospice of Dayton, Karaman Fine Jewelry & Gifts, La Rosa's Pizzeria, Mane Event Hair Salon, Marco's Pizza, Otterbein Lifestyle Community, Panera Bread, Pisanello's Restaurant, Red Lobster, Roosters, Scott Flischel (State Farm Insurance) Sport Clip Men's Hair Salon, Taco Bell, Tim Horton's, United Dairy Farms, Walmart and many others.
Barbara Geiger, Executive Director, WCANR invites anyone interested in learning more about the program or how to become a volunteer, tutor or student to contact her at 513-932-2323, WCANR@zoomtown.com or warrencountyadultnewreaders.org.(4/29/17)
WELCOME NEW TUTORS!
WCANR welcomes 3 newly trained tutors. Linda Jones, Janis Schoob and David Vukin were trained March 30, 2017 at a training session held in the WCANR office. They bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm with them and we are pleased that they have chosen to apply