Newmark donates $25K to Morris Literacy Volunteers

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Photo: Bleacher Everard.
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Photo: Bleacher Everard.

From the Literacy Volunteers of Morris County:

Craig Newmark Philanthropies from Craig’s List Supports Local Literacy Program

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County (LVMC) is pleased to announce it received a generous grant of $25,000 from Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark, in support of the organization’s adult literacy program.

The purpose of Craig Newmark Philanthropies is to support: Organizations strengthening the foundation of a trustworthy press; Americans struggling to vote and otherwise exercise their rights; Women working in technology, who might be denied equal access to opportunities; and Military service members, and their families.

Currently, more than 300 LVMC tutors provide instruction to more than 500 students throughout Morris County, New Jersey.

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, a non-profit located in Morristown, was established more than 30 years ago to promote increased literacy and fluency in English for adult learners.

It also provides instruction in U.S civics and citizenship. This grant will be used to help ensure that students become fluent in English, learn their legal rights, and become more engaged and active citizens and members of the community.

Asking for help can be a terrifying and humiliating experience for an adult. Through Literacy Volunteers, students from all walks of life may attend free, one-one-one or group classes to improve their skills in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Debbie Leon, the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, said: I am delighted that Craig Newmark, a graduate of Morristown High School, has not forgotten his roots, and is focused on helping others and making the world a better place.

His support will enable us to help hundreds of people in Morris County to improve their lives and become more engaged and educated citizens.”

For more information regarding Literacy Volunteers of Morris County, the organization may be contacted at (973) 984-1998.

Literacy Volunteers of Morris County provides adults with one-to-one and small group tutoring across over 40 communities in Morris County, New Jersey. We believe that the ability to read, write, comprehend and speak English is essential to personal freedom and the sustainability of a democratic society. To learn more, visit:

Craig Newmark Philanthropies was created by craigslist founder Craig Newmark to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. The organization works to advance people and grassroots organizations that are getting stuff done in areas that include trustworthy journalism, voter protection, gender diversity in technology, and veterans and military families. For more information, please visit:

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