About Driving Literacy
Driving Literacy (formerly known as World in a Basket) is Washtenaw Literacy's annual gala benefit auction. It takes place in late September or October every year. 20% of our annual budget is raised through the live and silent auctions of exciting theme baskets while guests enjoy a strolling dinner, fine wine and micro-brewed beer. The volunteer-run event was first presented in 1998, and has grown each year to become a highly anticipated evening. Nearly 100 volunteers work throughout the year to plan, execute and enjoy Driving Literacy.
What will the funds raised be used for?
Program support. Our small staff of seven trains and mentors hundreds of tutors and volunteers who serve over 2,000 adults each year. Adults work toward individual goals; many of those include getting a GED and/or a place in the workforce. Remarkably, Washtenaw Literacy returns over three dollars to the community for each dollar raised (Hantz, Rhoades & Doehrer, LLC, 2011).
In order to make Driving Literacy a success, volunteers are needed in several areas:
- Solicit donations of items and goods from businesses to be auctioned
- Seek corporate event sponsors
- Assemble and decorate basket of auction items
- Set-up for the event
- Help during the event
If you would like to assist Washtenaw Literacy with this fundraising event, please contact Amy Goodman at (734) 879-1320 or