Thanks in part to financial and logistical support from Goodwill Industries (, Lincoln Literacy ( was able to restart its New Beginnings adult literacy classes for English speakers early this month. The classes had been on hiatus since May due to lack of funding.

Lincoln Literacy, a community-based non-profit organization founded in 1972, has earned a reputation as Lincoln’s leader in charitable language and literacy services, but in recent years it has been best known for helping refugees and immigrants learn English. That reputation holds true, but the agency continues to reach out and assist adults who speak English but have trouble with reading and writing.

The free classes resumed the first week in September at Goodwill, 2100 Judson St., from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays, and at Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Classes for inmates in the County Jail take place on Tuesday evenings. Lincoln Literacy is still enrolling learners and is also seeking volunteer tutors – please contact Victoria Welles at (402) 476-7332 or for more information.

The community can support Lincoln Literacy via its website,, and Goodwill by donating their gently-used items, shopping at Goodwill Stores and making tax-deductible financial donations. The sale of donated goods remains the greatest source of funding for programs Goodwill provides. Learn more about Goodwill at