Why we do what we do

We help men and women who read below a sixth grade level practice reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. Adult clients in our literacy programs learn the fundamentals of phonics and expand their vocabulary. We teach our clients how to use computers so that they develop digital literacy skills needed for the workplace and family life.

Our tutors are volunteers. We train tutors to teach one-on-one and in small group settings. This instruction format allows for individualized attention and support that adults need to build English skills and confidence.

With practice and encouragement comes competency. The life changes ahead--as a result of improved English language skills--include better job prospects, adult high school completion and parent involvement in children's education.

Our donors, volunteer tutors and community partners make our Adult Literacy and Family Literacy programs possible.

Would you consider a charitable gift? The impact of your support is tremendous. In this video, Michael shares what individual attention has meant to him on the job and within his family.

Want to tutor? The volunteer commitment is about three hours a week for planning and delivering lessons. The Council will provide on-going professional development in adult literacy instruction techniques. Training sessions for new tutors are scheduled for the first Saturday in October, November and December. Read more.

Thank you!