Become a Student

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

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Our work changes lives. Your support makes it possible.

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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

Highlights from The READ Center Blog

Why has adult ed come to mean only high school completion and college entry, when there is such a critical need for beginning-reading programs?

It's a great question and one we ask often at The READ Center. A recent Proliteracy blog provides some answers and raises...

National Flag Day

Happy Flag Day! As we celebrate Flag Day, let us not forget the importance of education in maintaining the freedoms and liberty that...

A Friend in Disguise

Growing up in Farmville, VA, an area where education was stalled to combat integration in public schools during Massive Resistance, John, a...

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