Literary Access Fund Launches Grant Proccess

Literacy Access Fund, a 501(c)(3), public charity, announces its first grant award of $10,000 to the J.

Lewis Crozer Library in Chester, Pennsylvania. Literacy Access Fund secures funding from corporate, foundation, and individual partners in order to provide financial support to underfunded public libraries through a competitive granting process. The goal of the organization is to help libraries provide equal access to quality resources for young learners, regardless of economic factors.

This award will help fund the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology, particularly for young children. Carol Foster-Allen, President of the J. Lewis Crozer Library’s Board of the Directors, noted the Board’s gratitude to Literacy Access Fund for the award. “Our focus is to provide much needed services to the citizens of Chester and surrounding communities in a safe environment with caring staff. Also, our goal is to seek resources that enable us to provide a learning experience, using the latest technology available to us.”

“Funding from Literacy Access Fund will provide the opportunity to acquire resources beyond the basics, especially for children,” according to Mark Winston, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Library. “We will be able to provide technology training for young people, bridging a gap in access and preparation resulting from economic disparity, while adding substantive educational experiences for our young learners, ages 2-12.”

Deborah B. Sorgi, Ed.D., Chair, Director & President of Literacy Access Fund, shared her thoughts. “Literacy Access Fund is happy to support the J. Lewis Crozer Library as a community hub for education and a vital extension of the classroom. Dr. Winston’s technology initiatives are a welcome addition in this economically-challenged area, and we are proud to partner with this effort.” Dr. Sorgi also noted, “We will continue to identify and support deserving public libraries to help inspire their littlest members.”

For more information about Literacy Access Fund, visit or call 610-833-6411.



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Written by: 

Nicholas "Duke" Doblick

Director of Fundraising

New Board Member


The Chester Education Foundation would like to welcome the new addition to our board, Jayme Gortman. Gortman was officially welcomed on October 23rd.

Gortman received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Goucher College and went on to complete her Masters at Widener University, studying Public Administration. She has 14 years of experience in grants management, and strives to improve the health and economic outcomes for underserved populations.

Chester is a delicate community with many needs in regard to economic development and education, which is why the employees at CEF work so tirelessly to improve all aspects of life for the city residents. Jayme’s experience and connection to the local community will make her an asset to the CEF team because she has direct experiences with the precise issues in the area. One of the Chester Education Foundation’s greatest resources is its staff full of people who have firsthand knowledge of the community and its needs, allowing CEF to ensure that any improvements being made or programs being offered are both relevant and necessary to Chester’s specific needs. 

The entire team at CEF is eager to begin working with Jayme. Cheryl Cunningham, executive director of CEF, comments: “We are delighted to have someone with Jayme's professional background and a commitment to Chester join the CEF board. Jayme spent many of her summers here in Chester with her grandparents and several of her best friends graduated from Chester High School.”

Jayme’s dedication to improving the community and helping the youth of Chester will make her a perfect addition to the board. Jayme is quoted as saying, “Every kid is only ONE caring adult away from being a success story.” Her passion and caring nature will surely impact many children in the area as she begins her work at CEF.

We are excited to have Jayme as a part of the CEF team and look forward to everything she brings to the table!


Written by: Tejya Johnson