Bank of America Charitable Foundation grant supports Connections adult literacy program

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New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to announce The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to support the New Hampshire Humanities Connections adult literacy program. Connections works in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, prisons, and refugee resettlement organizations. The program brings together the best of children’s and young adult literature and New Hampshire Humanities-trained discussion facilitators to promote English language skills, a culture of reading, and family literacy.

"Connections is an example of New Hampshire Humanities identifying a real need, rallying partners around it, and coming up with a real solution,” said Ken Sheldon, New Hampshire State President, Bank of America, who presented the check to New Hampshire Humanities on May 25.

For more than 500 long-time citizens and new Americans, the Connections program links adult students to the world through literature and other print media, promotes thinking and discussion, builds confidence, supports whole family learning, and helps create a foundation for economic opportunity.

“Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s support is critical to helping us connect new Americans and native English speakers with expanded opportunities in the community and in the workplace,” said Anthony Poore, Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities. “We’re deeply grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for its support of Connections since 2011, and lifelong learners of all kinds since 1989. Bank of America’s support has, and will, continue to change many lives for the better through their support of New Hampshire Humanities’ Connections program.”

To learn more about the Connections program, please visit

Photo: (L-R) Ken Sheldon, NH State President, Bank of America; Anthony Poore, Executive Director, New Hampshire Humanities; Martha McLeod, Treasurer, New Hampshire Humanities Board of Directors.