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International Literacy Day is September 8

UNESCO has dedicated September 8 as International Literacy Day. Imagine trying to get through the day without knowing how to use your mobile phone, an ATM, or a self-check out line. Now imagine that you also struggle to read. “Literacy in a digital world” is the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day. We know that you cannot be truly literate without digital skills. That’s why The READ Center will include digital learning in our curriculum this year. One...

First Day Back to School? Let's have a test

It’s Back to School Time for Adult Learners Too

Who’s excited to go back to school? Like most students in the area, READ Center learners will begin classes on September 5. However, that is where the similarities to other students ends. What is different about READ Center students? We associate learning to read and write with early childhood, but for many it remains a life long battle. Our students come to READ voluntarily to improve their literacy skills and their lives. Without these skills, adults struggle to take part in the world around them...

Neighborhood Assist State Farm

Help The READ Center Win a $25,000 Grant!

The READ Center is one of 200 organizations nationwide that has been selected to compete for $25,000 in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. The 40 organizations with the most votes in the contest will receive $25,000! Voting is now live! Voting takes place online August 16-August 25. You have 10 votes EACH day of the contest. Please cast them all for READ and vote EVERY DAY! Voting begins on August 16. You will receive reminders to vote during...

Celebrate Book Lovers Day Adult Literacy

5 Ways to Celebrate National Book Lovers Day

Wednesday, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! How will you celebrate? Here are some ideas: Visit one of Richmond’s many local bookstores: Fountain Bookstore, Chop Suey Books, Book People, Black Swan Books, and more! Per Book People’s Facebook event, for every book you buy, you receive a free gift. Join a book club. Our tutor book club has been reading “Writing Our Way Out: Memoirs from Jail”.  Dr. David Coogan compiled...

READ Center tutor and student

Just Two Hours a Week Can Change a Life

A glimpse of the impact volunteer tutors have on our students’ lives… Success stories from our classes “Alicia’s goals were to improve her reading, enhance her writing, increase her word knowledge, and possibly enroll in a college course. Since coming to class, she reports that she feels better about her reading ability. She stated she is no longer uncomfortable presenting information to her work colleagues. She is working on enrolling in her first college class this fall.” “Allan wanted to read to his...

Fall of the James

Summer Happenings in Richmond

Events and Programs in the Community Summer is here! Looking for something to do? Here are some programs available in the area to enjoy until READ’s regular classes begin again in September: Are you an aspiring artist? The Visual Arts Center of Richmond has classes for adults and provides tuition assistance. Richmond Public Library has a Summer Reading Challenge: Adults who read five books by August 12 and turn in their log will earn a bag, a...

It Was a Good Year for The READ Center

In 2016 – 2017 The READ Center: Served 204 students. 46 more people who needed READ services received them this year. Published two Student Voices, a publication for and by READ Center students, and two READ Report Card newsletters. You can read the publications under the News tab. Received 5,895 volunteer hours from tutors.  The value of these volunteer hours was $142,305. Donors, individuals, businesses, foundations and civic organizations, gave more than $440,000 to support READ Center educational programs and initiatives. This is one of the times...

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The State of The READ Center June 2017

The READ Center has gone through significant changes in the past two years – a new executive director, new staff, new office space, new databases, new logo, new programs, ideas and initiatives. What has not changed, is READ’s commitment to provide the best adult literacy services to as many students as possible. We believe everyone needs and deserves a literate life. The READ Center completed a scope of services review in March. Because of these efforts, our definition of literacy has...

Love to read. Pass it on by becoming a tutor.

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” ~Erma Bombeck I love to read. It’s why joined The READ Center. I cannot imagine what my life would have been, would be, if I could not read. I would certainly not have graduated from JMU (Go Dukes!) or be the executive director for The READ Center. My entire life would be different. How about you? Do...

Johanna’s Story: Beyond “What If”

I am a middle-aged woman who struggled with reading and writing for a long time. Although I have a high school diploma, I did not understand how important reading and writing were in life until I got out of school. By this time  I realized I had a reading problem it was too late to do anything about it because I was about to graduate in two weeks. I graduated with a C average. For a couple of years.  I just...