The mission of WELCOME, Workplace, Education and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County, is to provide literacy education to motivated adults through the efforts of dedicated volunteers, the gifts of private contributors, and the use of specialized curriculum to meet individual and community needs.
WELCOME assists local communities with the following:
Creating a network of literacy providers throughout Mohave County.
Serves as a central point of contact For Mohave County literacy providers.
Coordinates communication between the Coalition, employers, and other agencies and groups in the service area.
Provides adult and intergenerational literacy information and referrals.
Coordinates with state and national literacy organizations as needed.
What We Do
Trish Cobb has served as the WELCOME secretary since 2014 and board member since 2012. She began working in libraries in 1995, starting at Mohave Community College as a reference assistant and then transitioning to cataloger at Mohave County Library in 2006.
Throughout the years, Trish helped coordinate and facilitate the Kingman Area Books Are Magic! (KABAM!) book festival. KABAM! brings authors and book events to schools and establishments in the Kingman area to celebrate the love of reading and books.
In her spare time, Trish performs music with her husband in a duo called Paired Down and is the chief caregiver and advocate for her two young adult, developmentally disabled sons. In total, Trish has 5 grown children, 5 grandchildren, 3 grand dogs, 2 grand bearded dragons, 4 grand chickens, and 1 grand pig.
Kingman Area Literacy Program
Erin Roper joined KALP as a tutor in 2016 and became the director in 2020. She is the librarian for Mohave Community College's Kingman campus, serves on the Mohave County Library Citizens Advisory Committee, and was part of the American Library Association's Emerging Leaders program in 2020.
In her spare time, Erin enjoys volunteering, hiking, attending community events, and playing all sorts of games from pickleball to Rocket League.