Columbus Literacy Council

★★☆☆☆
  • 195 N Grant Ave

    Columbus, OH 43215

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  • 614-221-5013

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You might be wondering what my beef is with Columbus Literacy Council. After all, CLC has served the community for decades, providing critical training and education to some of our most vulnerable populations.

This July, 2009, volunteers, instructors, and staff learned that CLC lost nearly half their funding from Ohio Board of Regents. As a result, many classes were cut and staff were let go. My class was one of them. I assisted an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class. The learners were from all over the world: Somalia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Equador, Serbia. The students were hard-working and always appreciative.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, the class was cancelled. My co-volunteers and the instructor didn't even get to say good-bye to them. What puzzled us is that there was no official word. Instructors and volunteers found-out from each other that this was happening. Instructors were receiving calls and emails from students, asking when classes would resume.

But worse, rumors were circulating that this funding was lost due to "mismanagement."

A week or so after the closings, CLC did seem to want to engage with everybody, and did a great job getting us all together for a Town Hall meeting. However, they didn't use the opportunity to share what had really happened and to dispel the rumors. Instead, Executive Director Greg Tuck seemed to be starting a process of tightly controlling information, and dismissing questions and concerns.

And shortly after, Greg Tuck was gone. There was no announcement on the CLC website or to volunteers. The only way I discovered his departure was by checking the staff list, and seeing that Joy Watson had been named Interim Executive Director. So what happened to Greg? Was he fired? Did he move on to better things? My question about this posted to CLC's Facebook Wall was deleted.

This agency is behaving like it has something to hide.

So my beef is that CLC, a well-respected member of United Way, which asks us to donate money and time, is at best "not getting it" in the need for transparency; and at worst abusing the public trust.

And I'd volunteer for them again in a heartbeat, if they do choose to share information, listen--not dismiss--concerns, and operate transparently.

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★★☆☆☆

You might be wondering what my beef is with Columbus Literacy Council. After all, CLC has served the community for decades, providing critical training and education to some of our most vulnerable populations.

This July, 2009, volunteers, instructors, and staff learned that CLC lost nearly half their funding from Ohio Board of Regents. As a result, many classes were cut and staff were let go. My class was one of them. I assisted an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class. The learners were from all over the world: Somalia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Equador, Serbia. The students were hard-working and always appreciative.

Suddenly and unexpectedly, the class was cancelled. My co-volunteers and the instructor didn't even get to say good-bye to them. What puzzled us is that there was no official word. Instructors and volunteers found-out from each other that this was happening. Instructors were receiving calls and emails from students, asking when classes would resume.

But worse, rumors were circulating that this funding was lost due to "mismanagement."

A week or so after the closings, CLC did seem to want to engage with everybody, and did a great job getting us all together for a Town Hall meeting. However, they didn't use the opportunity to share what had really happened and to dispel the rumors. Instead, Executive Director Greg Tuck seemed to be starting a process of tightly controlling information, and dismissing questions and concerns.

And shortly after, Greg Tuck was gone. There was no announcement on the CLC website or to volunteers. The only way I discovered his departure was by checking the staff list, and seeing that Joy Watson had been named Interim Executive Director. So what happened to Greg? Was he fired? Did he move on to better things? My question about this posted to CLC's Facebook Wall was deleted.

This agency is behaving like it has something to hide.

So my beef is that CLC, a well-respected member of United Way, which asks us to donate money and time, is at best "not getting it" in the need for transparency; and at worst abusing the public trust.

And I'd volunteer for them again in a heartbeat, if they do choose to share information, listen--not dismiss--concerns, and operate transparently.

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