King Foundation Grant Awarded

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June 11, 2019—We are honored to share that the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation has awarded the Aberg Center for Literacy a generous grant of $35,000. This fund will support our Early Childhood Education Program. The grant provides key funding needed for program expansion and the subsequent staffing and material needs. With this generous support, we will be able to hire an additional teacher for the 2019-2020 school year. In the upcoming school year, we expect to serve 70 children in our Early Childhood Program and impact the lives of at least 300 more children who live in the households of adults in our programs.

About the King Foundation

Carl B. and Florence E. King started the Foundation that bears their names in 1966. Established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. King , as well as a later bequest from their daughter, Dorothy, the Foundation has now grown to more than $75 million in assets. The Foundation distributes more than $2 million per year to charities serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area, 38 counties in West Texas, and 32 counties in Arkansas.

Union Bank Foundation Grant Awarded to Aberg Center

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December 12, 2018—We are thrilled to share that Union Bank Foundation has awarded a $10,500 grant to the Aberg Center for Literacy. This funding will support our Adult and Family Literacy programs and the continued development of our career track services. Support such as this helps students further develop skills that lead to educational success and economic sustainability. 

About the Union Bank Foundation

The MUFG Union Bank Foundation, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, serves as an agent for charitable contributions made by MUFG Union Bank, N.A. Throughout its history, the Foundation has supported the bank's commitment to help meet the needs of the communities it serves. 

The MUFG Union Bank Foundatoin’s mission is to “make philanthropic investments that expand access to economic opportunity in low- and moderate-income communities specifically in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development, education, human services and the environment.

For more information about the Union Bank Foundation, click here.

ORIX Foundation Grant Awarded to Aberg Center

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October 11, 2018—Aberg Center is delighted to receive a $10,000 grant from the ORIX Foundation. For the third year in a row, the ORIX Foundation has awarded the Aberg Center for its continued dedication to promoting literacy among Dallas families.

Support from the ORIX Foundation will assist the Aberg Center is providing dual generation programs to more than 50 families through our family literacy and early childhood programs. This school year, Aberg Center will serve 450 students. With the help of the ORIX Foundation, we will provide quality education programs to empower families in the Dallas community.

About the ORIX Foundation

The company’s former CEO started a committee to investigate how the company could best contribute to charitable causes. In 2009, the ORIX Foundation was born. This is an employee-driven venture philanthropy that is focused on the communities where ORIX employees live and do business. The city of Dallas and the Dallas metropolitan area are at the heart of this grant making.

“We can share parallel experiences, yet never cross paths. Or, we can choose to reach out—to connect, to give, to serve. ORIX Foundation exists because the people of ORIX Corporation USA make that choice.”

-From the ORIX Foundation website

Last year, the ORIX Foundation invested nearly $4.5 million into surrounding communities and offered grant funding to 275 social sector organizations nationwide. We are grateful for the ORIX Foundation’s commitment to advancing education and strengthening our community.

For more information, visit orixfoundation.org

Aberg Center Established as Plaza Comunitaria

From left to right: Andrés Galván Sandoval, Shana Harrison, Francisco de la Galindo, Diana Marino

From left to right: Andrés Galván Sandoval, Shana Harrison, Francisco de la Galindo, Diana Marino

October 5, 2018—Aberg Center for Literacy is honored to be working with the Mexican Consulate of Dallas and the Mexican National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) in providing adult basic education courses in Spanish to adults of Mexican descent. INEA will provide educational materials and training resources to Aberg Center. With their support, Aberg Center offers free adult educational services that enables adults to validate both elementary and junior high school education levels in Mexico. Students then continue their educational paths by preparing for high school equivalency in the U.S. by taking the GED, Hi Set or TASC assessment.

On August 30, 2018, Aberg Center officially signed an agreement with the Mexican Consulate that will mark the Center as a Plaza Comunitaria and streamline student testing and placement into the Spanish education program. The agreement was signed by General Consul Francisco de la Torre Galindo and Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison.

Today, 36 million adults in the U.S. struggle to read, write and do math. However, Aberg Center is alleviating illiteracy and breaking the cycle of poverty, student by student.

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Welcome New Board Members!

 
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A new fiscal year has begun at Aberg Center, which means we get the privilege to welcome our new Executive Board members! 

George Macatee
Helen Short
Jim Ruberto
Steve Sale

Each year, members of our Board of Directors volunteer hundreds of hours to ensure Aberg Center programs are successfully meeting the needs of our students and their families.

Thanks to all of our board members, past and present for their continued support of Aberg Center and literacy in North Texas. 
 

Aberg Center Receives the Hispanic 100 Grant for 2018

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July 9, 2018 - Aberg Center is the proud recipient of the Hispanic 100 Grant. The $2,000.00 grant will go to fund Aberg Center's Family Literacy and Early Childhood Program for the upcoming year. 

From the Hispanic 100 website:

The Hispanic 100 is an organization of trailblazing Latina leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area whose contributions have shaped, influenced and transformed how Latinas are viewed in business, education, arts, health, politics and community leadership.  

The Hispanic 100's mission is to serve as champion for Hispanic women in North Texas. Their fund is established to enable non-profits and charities that  "empower, educate and support Latinas and our community".

Aberg Center for Literacy served over 250 adults in 2017, the majority of which identified as Latina. As such, a grant like the Hispanic 100's Advised Fund allows Aberg Center to better provide programs for those women and their families through its innovative approach to multi-generational literacy.