SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - On any given day, the Manatee Literacy Council has volunteers teaching up to 120 adults English.
Volunteers teach Manatee County residents from 38 different countries to read and write through two programs that offer free, weekly one-on-one tutoring at the office for the Manatee Literacy Council on Cortez Road in Bradenton.
The Manatee Literacy Council operates solely on donations. One of their daily concerns is they don’t have enough volunteers to tutor the students.
Every week, Executive Director Lillian Santiago Bauza said they get 10 new applications for people who want to learn English, but they’re often put on a three- to six-month wait list because there’s such a high demand.
“We have students, believe it or not, [in] their countries, they are lawyers, doctors, engineers, but they come to this country, and because of the language and because they have to train themselves in how it’s done for licenses or different situations, they really need this service,” Bauza explained.
She added this service helps Manatee County businesses by providing skilled professionals for a variety of industries.
On Saturday, November 2, the Manatee Literacy Council is hosting its first fundraiser at Pirate City. Bauza says there will be live music, a silent auction and an elaborate, multi-course meal prepared by a chef with inspiration from family recipes submitted by the students.
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