Nik Shier 
Executive Director

Phone: 920-991-9840, ext 104
Ana Wilson 
Adult Literacy Program  Specialist 

Phone: 920-991-9840, ext 109

Our History

Fox Valley Literacy Incorporated as a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation in Appleton, Wisconsin during International Literacy Month in September 1990 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015. The Outagamie Waupaca Library System, which supports all public libraries in the area, along with Appleton Public Library led the formation of the organization in an attempt to bring together other existing literacy programs into one coordinated effort. 

Our Clients

Fox Valley Literacy provides free and confidential, one-to-one tutoring to adult learners who want to read better or learn English. These students are age 18 and older and come from diverse backgrounds. Over half of them 30 to 50 years old.

Our Volunteers

The Fox Valley Literacy Council's volunteers are passionate literacy advocates. Tutors make an initial commitment of one year and receive extensive training prior to being matched with an adult learner. Volunteers annually donate over 8,000 hours of service.

The Need 

Over 12,000 adults in Outagamie County alone are believed to have low literacy skills. That's the number of people in a sold-out Timber Rattler's stadium . . . times two! 

Illiteracy is closely linked to poverty, unemployment and health issues. Children of low-literate parents face a high risk of not being successful in school. Helping an adult learn to read can improve the situation of an entire family. Most adult learners seek our help so they can participate in their children's learning, obtain a GED or HSED, or improve their job skills so they can better support their families. 

For more information on why the issue of adult literacy is so important, visit Wisconsin Literacy or ProLiteracy. 

        Building skills, giving back, and changing lives for 25 years 
Serving Outagamie, Waupaca, northern Calumet, and northern Winnebago Counties
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Phone: (920) 991-9840
Jessica Hron
Administrative and Program Assistant

Phone: 920-991-9840, ext 101
Heather Chantelois
Adult Education Coordinator  

Phone: 920-991-9840 ext 107
Norys Pina 
Volunteer Coordinator 

Phone: 920-991-9840, ext 110
Joan Clark 
Volunteer and Program Assistant

Phone: 920-991-9840 
Cassie Ashman
Communication Specialist

Phone: 920-991-9840 
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