If you’re a regular visitor to the Literacy Council’s website, you’re probably surprised by its brand-new look. We hope you’re finding the site is more responsive, more informative, and more visually representative of the important services our organization provides.
Time for an update
The idea to completely revamp the site came about two years ago, initiated by concerns that the current version was not mobile device-friendly, didn’t show up readily in searches, and was hard to maintain. In September 2015, public relations professional Scott Grove donated his time and expertise to lead a successful discovery session, during which we determined our needs and expectations for an improved web presence.
Grant makes it possible
In August 2016, we submitted a Capacity Building Grant proposal to the Ausherman Family Foundation. Our request was for funding to hire professionals to create a modern website that would more effectively reach and engage adults in Frederick County in need of literacy services, recruit new volunteer tutors, and better serve and interact with our adult learners, volunteers, and donors. The Ausherman Family Foundation came through with the funding to do just that.
The grant has covered website design and construction by Jean Peterson Design, video production by Digital Bard, and photography by C. Kurt Holter. Key Literacy Council staff and volunteers working on the project are Executive Director Laurie Fisher, Board Director/President Emeritus Caroline Gaver, Board Vice President Catherine Cox, and volunteer Marita Loose.
Easier to update
At a day-long training session before the big launch, selected staff and volunteers learned how to enter and manage web content behind the scenes. This capability will enable us to assure that the most current information is readily available.
We are indebted to the Ausherman Family Foundation for their generosity and to the creative professionals who worked so diligently (and patiently) with us throughout this process. We’re also grateful to the many adult learners and volunteers who offered helpful feedback and participated in interviews and photography sessions
We welcome your thoughts
Please tell us what you think of the new website! Call the Literacy Council office at 301-600-2066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.