NEW START was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to helping adults better their lives and their communities by improving their reading, writing, math, and speaking skills.
The NEW START program serves adults who live in lower New Castle County, Delaware.  
The main office is located at the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library in Odessa.
NEW START is a member organization of ProLiteracy, the largest volunteer-based literacy provider in the United States. 
It is one of many family programs sponsored by the Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library.
Funding Information

FY 19 Funding

FY 18 Funding

Dollar General Literacy Foundation
ProLiteracy National Book Fund

  • Boscov's Friends Helping Friends
  • Wreath Raffle c/o Raintree Farm

In-kind Services of Local Libraries and Churches; especially:
  • Bear Library
  • Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library
  • Red Lion United Methodist Church
  • St. Joseph's Parish
State of Delaware Department of Education

  • Boscov's Friends Helping Friends
  • Wreath Raffle c/o Raintree Farm
  • Scrabble Tournament at the Hampton Inn, Middletown
  • Bingo Night with Raymour & Flanigan, Rocky Run Pkwy, Wilmington

Corporate and Individual Contributions
  • Ronald Martin
  • Ginger Nobles
  • Women's Club of Odessa
  • Private donations made via Donation Page

In-kind Services of Local Libraries and Churches; especially:
  • Bear Library
  • Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library
  • Lambson Head Start at Rose Hill Community Center
  • Red Lion United Methodist Church
  • St. Joseph's Parish
Our Team
Susan Trzonkowski - Director / Instructor

Eleanor Schauer - Volunteer Office Assistant
Volunteer Teachers
Volunteer Tutors
Rachael Cifala - Assistant Teacher at Bear Library

Aydee Crawford - Teacher at St. Joseph's

Chuck Gebhart - Assistant Teacher at Red Lion

Ann Grewal - Lead Teacher at Bear Library

Sue Hong - Assistant Teacher at Bear Library

Dave Hutchison - Teacher at Bear Library

Helen Jackson - Lead Teacher at St. Joseph's

Paula Orazietti - Lead Teacher at Red Lion

Desiree Bygrave

Shana Cera-Proulx

Nichole Fusca

Steven Giwa

Ronald Martin

Susan Menei

Holly Novak

Joan Phillips

Mia Taylor

Ms. Ty Twyman

Callie Zimmerman

Become A Volunteer Tutor

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tutor and joining our team?
Contact Us!
NEW START tutors help adults acquire basic reading and writing skills and use those skills to meet self-identified goals.  All tutors are required to complete a pre-service training.  They will learn about the characteristics and needs of adult learners, materials and methods to use, and reporting requirements.  In-service training opportunities are offered several times throughout the year.
One-to-one tutoring occurs in libraries, churches or other public locations in the community.  Volunteers and students meet twice weekly for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Lessons are separated by at least one day.  
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year of service after training.  Certain expenses (e.g. mileage) may be tax deductible.
Our students need tutors who can:
  • Provide encouragement & support
  • Meet regularly and punctually
  • Prepare individualized or group lessons
  • Involve students in decision-making
  • Keep records of student progress
  • Send reports twice a month to the Main Office
Tutors should have the following qualities:
  • Dependable
  • Interested in other people
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Flexible
  • Friendly
  • Patient
  • Optimistic