Connections Adult Literacy program receives grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation

New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from Lincoln Financial Foundation to support its Connections adult literacy program. Connections is a New Hampshire Humanities book discussion program offered statewide in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, the prisons, and refugee resettlement organizations to promote English language skills, nurture a culture of reading, and support family literacy. 

The grant reflects Lincoln Financial Foundation’s commitment to economic and workforce development and their belief that literacy is essential to gainful employment.

“Literacy is the cornerstone of employability,” said Byron Champlin, Concord program officer for Lincoln Financial Foundation, which is now in its ninth year of investing in this program. “The Connections program provides long-time residents, as well as new arrivals to New Hampshire, with the reading skills they need to live greater lives within the community.”

Connections succeeds because it increases reading and comprehension ability, encourages critical thinking, strengthens conversation and interview skills, provides opportunity for leadership development and builds confidence necessary to succeed in the workplace,” said Deborah Watrous, executive director of New Hampshire Humanities. “Statistics show that an American with low literacy skills is almost certain to have parents who also did not read or write with fluency. This means that adult literacy programs are doubly effective – reaching all new readers within a household. We’re deeply grateful for the ongoing support of Lincoln Financial Foundation.”

For more information about Connections, please visit