Philanthropy

Tariq Farid Foundation adds support for literacy volunteers of Greater New Haven

posted by Tariq Farid March 1, 2016

One of the most intimidating challenges of moving to a new country is learning a new language and customs. I know this from first-hand experience.

Thanks to the help of caring teachers and new friends, however, I was able to make the transition when I moved to this country as a child. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have such support.

Creating a literate community

Scrabble Challenge competitors

This month’s annual Scrabble Challenge will raise more funds for the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven.

That’s why the Tariq Farid Foundation has announced its support of the Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven as the presenting sponsor of its annual Scrabble Challenge fundraiser.

The organization has established a goal of creating completely literate communities in Greater New Haven, Meriden, Wallingford and the Valley. Scheduled for March 30, the Scrabble Challenge is a fun way to raise funds for the organization, featuring teams of four Scrabble players competing for the highest scoring board.

The Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven depends on volunteers to provide free tutoring to adults who struggle with weak literacy skills. The majority of those involved in the program are immigrants learning English as their second or third language.

Providing opportunity for a better life

I remember very clearly the struggles involved in learning a new language, but I know the rewards that followed. That’s why I want to do what I can to help Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven provide that opportunity to as many people as possible, helping them improve their skills to acquire better jobs, help their children succeed in school, and contribute to their communities.

If you would like to join in the fun and compete in the Scrabble Challenge, you can download registration forms at www.lvagnh.org/scrabble-challenge. To learn more about Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, including volunteer opportunities, please visit www.lvagnh.org.

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