What is Fill My Cup! ?
Founded by Sheila Laury, Fill My Cup! is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Nonprofit Organization and a North Carolina nonprofit corporation, located in Charlotte. We provide tuition-free one-on-one and small group tutoring (with the help of trained volunteers), to adults, out of school youth, and families. Volunteers are trained to provide help with reading, writing, and math skills on levels beginning with the non-reader to the pre-GED. Fill My Cup! recruits students and volunteers, trains new tutors, matches volunteers with students, and provides a support system for its students and volunteers. Tutoring lessons are confidential and are scheduled at a time and approved places convenient to both student and tutor. Our organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors who directs activities to raise funds, provides awareness about low-literacy and its effects, and oversees all student and tutor programs.
Who do we Serve?
We serve adults who are residents of Mecklenburg County, age 16 and over, that do not have their high school diploma or are not functionally literate. Those who want to learn to read, improve their reading and obtain needed pre-GED skills.
How do we Serve?
Tutorial services are provided by community volunteers. Our volunteer tutors are trained in the use of the research-based adult literacy instructional strategies and curricula used by our organization to include pre-GED skills. Using available reinforcement print materials, small group and one-to-one tutorials allow students to establish their own pace in learning needed adult basic education skills, to include reading, spelling, writing, math and pre-GED skills.
The general public, churches, civic organizations, corporate donors and private individuals financially support Fill My Cup! These monies are used to purchase materials for the reading programs and support the other needs of providing our adult literacy services to the community. Student referrals are received from churches, job programs, public libraries, and other local community-based agencies. Donations are tax-deductible.
Our Fill My Cup! organization holds membership with the North Carolina Literacy Association (NCLA), and the national literacy and adult basic education organization, Proliteracy of America. Also, many other local community service agency collaborations also help strengthen the support services provided to our students. Fill My Cup! is approved by the Better Business Bureau.
In 1993, the beginning of the vision for Fill My Cup! was given by God to Sheila Laury. Since then, the vision became clearer in that the mission of Fill My Cup! is to help people learn to read - to gain access to God's promises in the Bible and reaching their God-given potential. In 2002, prayer, plans, and God's power started to manifest Fill My Cup!, our board of directors, volunteer staff, and our precious students.
Fill My Cup! has been very blessed to obtain very early support and non-profit mentoring from numerous local and neighboring community organizations as well as support from the North Carolina Community College System, United Way, local community churches, and individuals. The North Carolina Community College System office in Raleigh and the North Carolina Literacy Association (NCLA) provided much needed guidance and on-going support to our young literacy effort in Charlotte.
Sheila Laury was contacted by Linda Moyer, the executive director of the Literacy Council of Union County. Moyer extended support and encouragement to Fill My Cup! in its grassroots literacy effort. We are also supported through assistance and information sharing from Linda Moyer's staff. Kelly Norton, a certified Laubach Way to Reading tutor trainer, (from the Literacy Council of Union County) provided our first tutor training in a loving effort to support our mission.
Another wonderful supporter at the onset of our grassroots effort was Pat Heard, of The BRIDGE Jobs Program here in Charlotte, who very graciously allowed us to use space for our volunteer tutor training.
Several collaborative opportunities have presented themselves locally and nationally that continue to catapult Fill My Cup! to the next plateau in our community's overall literacy effort. We know and feel assured that as we keep Christian principles as our guide, according to God's promise, "our light will rise in obscurity".
To God Be The Glory
Executive Director, Sheila Laury is very passionate about people helping other people. This calling to serve others propelled her to seize the opportunity to participate in, and graduate from the United Way of Central Carolinas Leadership Institute, Leading the Way, class of 1999. This community enlightening and life-changing experience ignited a fire within her heart to serve her community. Fortunately, the preparation that would be needed to help others began early in her life while being reared by loving parents.
She obtained the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Banking and Finance from Benedict College. Beyond college came a solid twenty-eight year diverse corporate, government, and nonprofit organizational background that created an extensive career portfolio. Her professional proficiencies span many areas of expertise including accounting, financial analysis and nonprofit organizational start-up and management.
The wealth of business experience that Ms. Laury acquired has proved to be essential in the establishment of the growing community-based grass-roots adult literacy organization, Fill My Cup!. The not-for-profit adult literacy organization was established in 2002. The mission of the tax-exempt literacy nonprofit is to provide tutoring to those adult residents of our inner-city communities, that need to learn to read, improve their reading, or obtain pre-GED skills.