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First Thursday Public Meeting
September 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pmFree
Supporters of Literacy in Deschutes County (SOLID)
Speaker: Toby Bayard, Executive Director
The Supporters of Literacy in Deschutes County (SOLID) is a 501(c)(3) that fund and advocate for a wide range of literacy programs and initiatives that improve the lives and futures of those who live among us.
SOLID was formed early in 2020 by a group of volunteers who had previously organized and managed Book Sales for the Friends of the Bend Libraries (FOBL).
The Supporters of Literacy in Deschutes County (SOLID) fund and advocate for a wide range of literacy programs and initiatives that improve the lives and futures of those who live among us.
- Literacy programs create and strengthen equity and opportunity for people of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and belief.
- Literacy gives those among us the skills needed to effectively support themselves and their families in an increasingly complex world.
- Literacy strengthens our ability to think critically and advocate effectively so that we, as a people, promote and preserve democracy, freedom and the health of our planet
- Literacy in our community is reinforced through collaboration and partnerships between diverse organizations that work together to focus attention on those who are falling behind.
- Empowerment: We believe that reading offers a powerful foundation and deserves to be funded within the community that we’re building together.
- Collaboration: Our effort is based on partnerships with other organizations that offer the programs and have the skills to build and strengthen literacy in Deschutes County.
- Lifelong Learning: Not all of us acquired literacy skills early in life. We make grants to programs that introduce, build upon and strengthen literacy in life’s later stages.
- Equity: We fund literacy programs that target the systematic injustice that leads to unequal opportunities and barriers to participation for those forced to society’s edge.
- Integrity: We’re accountable to and deal fairly with literacy programs providers who apply for grants; we fund each grant application based on its own merit.