ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 6, 2007 –The Qwest Foundation today announced a$2,500 grant to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL), to train and certify literacy volunteers through its tutor-training program.

The NMCL encourages and supports community-based literacy programs and is the New Mexico representative for the national program, ProLiteracy America, that oversees certification of tutor trainers and volunteer tutors in the field.
”Literacy unlocks so many doors to a prosperous New Mexico, and the NMCL helps its clients gain those skills,” said Loretta Armenta, Qwest president for New Mexico. “One of my favorite pastimes is enjoying a good book, but literacy is far more than that.
NMCL works to help people learn to function in today’s fast-paced, technical world, and I’m proud of the Qwest Foundation for being a part of this great program.”
“Since we started providing services in 1987, more than 20 new literacy projects have been established here in New Mexico,” said Rena Paradis, NMCL executive director.
“We depend so much on donations and grants, and I’m glad that Qwest sees the value in what we do and wants to partner with us. New Mexico’s tomorrow will be brighter because of the efforts of Qwest. We simply would not be able to train as many volunteers throughout the state without the support of the Qwest Foundation.”
The NMCL's core projects include operation of a statewide, toll-free referral, recruitment and information hotline sponsored by television station KOAT-TV; administration of the State of New Mexico Literacy Program Appropriation; operation of the New Mexico Literacy Resource Center, as designated by the New Mexico State Library; and operation of a Literacy Training and Technical Assistance Program providing development opportunities to community-based literacy projects in a wide range of program areas.


About Qwest Foundation
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides
lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.
About the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy
The NMCL depends upon private donations as well as government funding to conduct its wide
ranging development activities. A Board of Directors representing the entire state serves to
keep the NMCL in the forefront of literacy program development. The NMCL enjoys the
bipartisan support of state's Governor and Legislature. The NMCL works with the New Mexico
Department of Cultural Affairs and State Library, who have designated the NMCL as the sole
provider of statewide literacy coordination and program enhancement activities.