Thousands of words, hundreds of participants, one common goal - raising funds and awareness for Literacy Volunteers.
"Scrabble, because of it's relationship with the English language, it is somewhat germane to our mission as a literacy program so it combines both the educational fun aspects of English, but also reinforces the mission of what we do as an organization," said Stewart Brownlee, co-chair of the 14th Annual Scrabble Challenge and a member of Family Centers Board.
Tuesday night, families, school groups and business owners dusted off their dictionaries and put on their thinking caps. All vying for the chance to be crowned "King of the Tiles" during Literacy Volunteers' 14th Annual Scrabble Challenge.
"Literacy is a basic building block and without it, people can't go very far in their life and certainly not in the work world. For us at Family Centers, we do a lot of vocational preparation with people to get them moving on a road toward self-sufficiency and literacy is really the first step," said Bob Arnold, President & CEO of Family Centers.
"We're not only challenging ourselves, but challenging those around us. I think that Scrabble is a fun way to challenge ourselves and even though we have been at work all day, it's nice because at the end of the day we are helping out the community and helping Family Centers," said Matthew Dripps, a member of Family Centers' Associate Board.
A program of Family Centers, Literacy Volunteers offers free literacy, English language instruction, and adult education services to more than 500 Fairfield County residents each year.
Lilly Alverez, a former Literacy Volunteers student and now volunteer shared her story. "Thanks to my English classes, I was able to talk to my children's teachers, advocate for them and also able to find a job that I really enjoy at First County Bank."
"If everyone learns how to read and learns how to write, the community will become better as a whole and be more unified and stronger and hopefully be able to fix problems," said Anders Ashforth, one of the many student participants in this year's challenge.
For more information about Literacy Volunteers, visit www.familycenters.org