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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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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.

NEWS & EVENTS

Featured articles and highlights about The READ Center
Martin Luther King, Jr. quote

The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and work is a beacon of hope for the future of education. Martin Luther King, Jr. and contemporary...

Mike Walsh and Friends of Adult Literacy READ Center Spelling Bee 2014 winners

Making a Difference Today and in the Future: A Literacy Legacy – The Walsh Memorial Fund

One Christmas, almost twenty years ago, the Walsh family discussed making donations to charity in lieu of a gift exchange. What resulted...

READ Center student feedback

New Year and New Semester begins with a look back

It's cold. Very cold. So, so very cold. However, READ Center teachers, tutors and students happily returned to classes this week. READ's second semester...

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