Six months ago Bill Courtney, a resident of Palmyra, completed training as a volunteer tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County. Since October 2010 he has been tutoring two adult students, one in reading and math, the other in English as a Second Language. “My students have very different challenges,” said Courtney, “but they are both a lot of fun to work with.”
As an engineer at Rotork, Mr. Courtney had also served on the company’s employee Charity Committee. “Literacy Volunteers’ work seemed like a perfect fit for our priorities,” said Courtney. He applied for a corporate grant on behalf of Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County and was successful.
“We are very grateful to Bill and to Rotork Controls Inc.,” said Christopher Edgar, Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers. “I think it is especially fitting that a company focused on industrial controls would contribute to helping people gain control of their own lives. Adults with low literacy levels struggle with daily tasks most of us take for granted. As students improve their skills they become more independent and more actively involved at work, at home, and in the community.”
Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County provides free tutoring in reading, writing, and English as a Second Language. Trained volunteers meet one-to-one with adult students throughout Wayne County at mutually convenient times and locations. All instruction is focused on the individual students’ needs and personal goals. Financial support from concerned businesses and individuals is vital to ensuring that adult literacy students have the materials and professional support they need to succeed.
Rotork is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of industrial valve actuators, valve control systems, valve gearboxes and accessories. Rotork’s global network of over 350 offices and representatives provides a localised single source for these products. Rotork’s reputation as an ethical, people-focused business goes back to its very beginnings when it was founded in 1957 by Jeremy Fry near Bath, England. A Charity Committee made up of employees considers local community requests. Projects are then followed up with visits by employees and feedback to the Charity Committee. To learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County call 315-946-5333 or visit www.lvwayne.org. To learn more about Rotork visit www.rotork.com.