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Donna Banks joins Chatham County Literacy Council Board of Directors

Posted Sunday, February 14, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Donna Banks, senior pastor at Evergreen United Methodist Church, has joined the Chatham County Literacy Council’s Board of Directors.

“We feel privileged to have Donna on the board. Her passion for serving others and her dedication to making literacy education available to everyone will make her a valuable asset to the council,” Joan Greene, president of the CCLC board, said following Banks’ installation on Wednesday.

Banks said there is no literacy center in North Chatham County now, and she believes her church can fill that void by offering space and support to the council.

“We have a food pantry at our church and we see people who have no hope, who can’t move forward with their lives because they can’t read,” she said. “Education is something you can give to people that you can’t take back, and it carries them a long way. Our church can be a help in the process of improving literacy in this county.”

Banks, who graduated from Duke Divinity School in 2006, has been pastor at Evergreen United Methodist Church in North Chatham County since last June. She previously served three years as an associate pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. Before entering the ministry, she worked for a chemical company for 16 years in positions ranging from chemist to vice president. She and her husband Oliver have two teen-age daughters.

The Chatham County Literacy Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a United Way-affiliated agency. It works in partnership with Central Carolina Community College to enlist volunteers and to provide free tutoring services for Chatham County residents. To help or to get more information, contact Executive Director Bonnie Bechard at 919-742-0578.

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