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The READ Center offers classes and one-to-one tutoring for adults challenged by low-literacy.

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Volunteers make a difference in the lives of students’ and their families.

The READ Center

Reading and Education for Adult Development

The READ Center’s mission is to help adults with low-level literacy develop basic reading and communication skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members. This mission is accomplished by providing classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and educational resources to support students.

Reach One. Teach One.

You have the power to make a difference in the life of someone in your community by becoming an adult literacy tutor. The READ Center has an ongoing need for volunteers willing to tutor students in reading, writing, and basic math. As a volunteer tutor, you’ll receive support and training opportunities. You’ll join a welcoming community of volunteers and teachers willing to share their knowledge and passion for making a difference.

Our Impact on RVA

Serving Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield

1 in 6 adults in Richmond City lacks the literacy skills to read a bus schedule, fill out a job application or help their children with homework. In Henrico County, it’s about 1 in 11 adults and in Chesterfield 1 in 12. Low literacy is intrinsically linked to poor health, low educational attainment, joblessness, poor housing and poverty.

When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives.



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Years Operating

Why Adult Literacy?

Adult Literacy Facts:
  • 10.5% of adults in metro Richmond struggle with literacy issues. In Richmond City, it is 1 in 6.
  • More than 70% of READ students are low-income.
  • Nationally, 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels.

One adult who can’t read well is one too many.


Highlights from The READ Center Blog
Happy St. Patrick's Day from The READ Center

An Irish Blessing for St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! An Irish Blessing for you: May there always be work for your hands to do; May your purse always hold...

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

Local Trends in Adult Literacy

ProLiteracy recently released its 2016-2017 Annual Statistical Report of adult literacy programs across the United States. Here is how The READ Center...

The READ Center

Throwback Thursday – READ Students Share Their Stories from The Student Voice

The Student Voice is READ's newsletter for and by students. For many READ students, The Student Voice marks the first time they're...

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A community-based nonprofit organization providing educational opportunities to adults with low-level reading and communication skills.