Underwood tapped to lead Literacy Council
Jamie Underwood is the new director of The Literacy Council of Union County.
Prior to this position, Underwood worked for Turning Point, another non-profit in Union County, for about 10 years.
Underwood said she had been interested in an executive director position.
She plans to expand the organization and its reach into the community.
“I would like to grow the program, get more people aware of what we do in the community,” Underwood said.
Underwood started in her new position Monday and has not had a lot of time to get to know the ropes. However, she said she likes what she sees.
“It’s a wonderful organization,” she said. “The staff is amazing, they’re committed to the organization, the students are amazing...everybody is really committed to the organization and the mission.”
In recent years, like many non-profit organizations, The Literacy Council has been besieged by funding cuts. Underwood hopes to fill that gap with increased awareness.
“I think by getting out in the community, making people aware of what we do and getting more people on board can increase the individual donations, because that is the new trend,” she said. She said organizations are starting to rely more on donations and less on grants.
Underwood likes the organization’s mission to improve someone’s quality of life through literacy.
“I like the fact that they are helping people learn to read,” she said. “That they’re improving people’s quality of life...they’re doing this by helping people learn to read and better themselves.”
Board Chair Julie Andreacola wrote in a letter that the organization is excited to bring her on board. She noted that Underwood brings with her years of experience in grant writing, client services and fundraising events. Underwood has a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina at Aiken.
Underwood is equally excited.
“I’m excited and ready to dig my feet in and get started,” she said.