Literacy Center marks 10th anniversary, moves to new location

The Brunner Literacy Center has reason to celebrate! Since 2011, the nonprofit organization has been making an important difference by providing free one-on-one tutoring to help adults reach their learning goals.

Over the past decade, the BLC has served over 2,000 individuals.

Ashley Lackovich, the center’s executive director, says the BLC has improved the lives of students, their families, and our greater community because of the center’s personalized approach to adult learning. “The BLC is the region’s only adult literacy center dedicated to helping students achieve their unique goals, regardless of their skill level,” she explains. “We meet our students where they are and help them work toward their goals, whether that’s applying for a job, understanding their child’s report card, or getting a GED.”

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The BLC currently offers free, individualized, one-on-one tutoring to any adult in greater Dayton via in-person or remote tutoring.

The organization recently moved its main center to 1995 Shiloh Springs Road.

“The center faced an unexpected move when the building we occupied was sold, and we lost our in-kind rent,” explains Joy Levett, development and communications manager. “We were able to find a location close by with better bus access for our students because we are across the street from the hub. We’ve enjoyed making our new center an inviting space where students can learn and have access to learning materials and technology.”

Clients are now also served at the Reibold Building.

Here’s what they can use:

  • Backpacks
  • Wide-ruled spiral notebooks
  • Pocket folders
  • Cans of coffee
  • Paper cups
  • Paper towels and/or napkins
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Gift cards and auction donations
  • Individually wrapped chocolates and hard candies
  • Laptops
  • Tablets

Items can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1995 Shiloh Springs Road in Dayton, Monday through Thursday by arrangement, to ensure safe social distancing in the center. Please call (937)567-9600 to schedule a drop off time.

Other ways to help: Volunteer, attend the fundraiser

Imagine the satisfaction of helping another person learn to read. Whether you can give one hour a week or 10, the BLC can find a place for you.

Volunteer tutors come from many walks of life: engineers, teachers, nurses, research analysts, accountants, homemakers, carpenters, mechanics, and artists. A tutor’s background does not matter as much as possessing a sincere willingness to help others.

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“Volunteering to tutor is a wonderful way to help, regardless of previous teaching experience,” says Levett. “We provide curriculum and training and tutors bring their experiences and desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteers are the backbone of all we do. We wouldn’t exist without them.”

There are other ways to help. In addition to tutoring, some of additional volunteer jobs include:

  • Fundraising
  • Custodial/general cleaning help
  • Reception/Secretarial help
  • Data entry
  • Special events

For more information:

Celebration planned

On Oct. 16, the BLC will celebrate their students’ successes with a special event, “A Night at the Library.” The fundraiser evening will be held in the atrium of the downtown Dayton Metro Library, and will feature entertainment, dinner and a silent auction.

Dan Foley, the event chairperson, notes that BLC student success has a ripple effect in the community. “The BLC has spent 10 years helping adults change their lives and strengthen their families, leading to a stronger local workforce, more economic security, and ultimately helping people achieve their full potential,” he says. “We think that is something to celebrate!”

Funds from A Night at the Library will be used to sustain, enhance, and expand adult learning opportunities into the future.

A major part of the event will be the silent auction, which will feature Dayton artists, writers and businesses. The auction will also feature a gift card tree, and auction organizers are hoping to receive enough gift cards to fill two trees. The BLC welcomes gift cards and larger contributions for the auction. Gift cards can be mailed to 1995 Shiloh Springs Road, Dayton, OH 45426, and other contributions can be arranged by contacting Levett at

If you’d like to attend the event, visit


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