Volunteer with READ

Tutor Spotlight

After retiring I made a decision to volunteer and give back to society.  A person I knew once said, “If you are not giving back to society, you are just taking space.”  I have had the pleasure of working on committees at church, reading to kindergarteners, mentoring elementary school students, data entry at Red Cross, Senior Medicare Patrol, and project: Homes building ramps for low-income handicapped persons which I enjoyed most. Next to building the ramps I have found the most...

Tutor Spotlight

1. How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? After retiring in 2015, I immediately contacted the Read Center and enrolled in the first available tutor training classes. I knew this was something I wanted to do for quite a while. I am very happy to be a part of this relevant and important organization. 2. What is your current volunteer role? (i.e. tutor in class, admin support, etc.)  Because of the various program opportunities available, I began tutoring at St. Phillips...

Say Goodbye To 2018 And Hello To 2019

A new year brings new hope, new dreams, and new resolutions. The first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year got off to a good start. As we ended the first semester and 2018, here are some READ Center highlights: 81 students received 2,736 hours of instruction. 113 volunteer tutors contributed 1,531 hours of time and caring. In November, 8 student representatives met as the first READ Center Student Council. 1 student earned her Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) certification and another passed her Medication Aide course. 156 student goals were...

Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? It will be five years in February. What is your current volunteer role? My current role with The Read Center is tutor. What motivates you to work with READ? Having a chance to make a positive difference in someone’s life, is what motivates me. Do you have a favorite memory of volunteering with READ? There have been so many fond memories that it’s really hard for me to pick a favorite. If you could encourage someone else to volunteer...

READing the Bible by Kay McCall

“I want to read this book more than anything else in this world, but it is just so hard.” “I think I’m going to quit my Sunday school class.  I keep getting called on to read, and everybody can see I can’t do it.” “I looked for Psalms in my Bible, but I couldn’t find it.  Psalms begins with an ‘S,’ right?” “I want to be a leader in my church, but I’ve got to be able to read this book.” READ Center Students...

The READ Center Helps Adults Map a Path to Literacy

Last week, READ Center teacher Janet led a discussion about the famous Captain John Smith. After reading Smith’s biography in an easy-to-read information book that included, fun facts, trivia, and activities. The class then began a short lesson on the history of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, Virginia. In addition to learning about Jamestown and John Smith, READ students also had a lesson on world geography. With a world map in front of them, they navigated...

America Has A Major Financial Literacy Problem – even for those who read well

Did you know? 2/3 of American adults can’t pass a basic financial literacy test. 44% of Americans don’t have enough cash to cover a $400 emergency. 43% of student loan borrowers are not making payments. 38% of U.S. households have credit card debt. On average, they owe $16,048. 33% of American adults have $0 saved for retirement. These statistics are from a recent Forbes article on how badly America is failing at financial literacy. They are for all Americans not just for those who have literacy problems....

READ Center Tutor Spotlight

How long have you volunteered with The READ Center? I started volunteering March 2016 so over 2 1/2 years. What is your current volunteer role? Tutor in class. What motivates you to work with READ? Being able to read is such an important part of my life, I cannot imagine not having that skill so I want to help others learn to read. Do you have a favorite memory of volunteering with READ? At the end of my first class, the group I had been working with...

READ Center Director Wins State Literacy Award

READ Center Executive Director Karen La Forge was named the winner of the Virginia Literacy Foundation’s 2018 Nancy Jiranek Award. The Virginia Literacy Foundation, which provides funding and technical support to private volunteer literacy organizations throughout the state, issues this award annually to individuals who exemplify the best in nonprofit management. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Virginia Literacy Foundation with the Nancy Jiranek Award,” said La Forge. “It is a privilege to be part of The READ...

READ Center Tutor Spotlight

About 130 volunteer adult literacy volunteer tutors work in READ Center classrooms and as one-to-one tutors each year. We are grateful for the time and caring they give to READ students.  To recognize the importance and impact of  our tutors, The READ Center has started the “Tutor Spotlight” which shares the experiences of a READ Center tutor.  Enjoy learning about why Martha became an adult literacy tutor with The READ Center and what she has learned. Volunteer tutors attend an orientation, have an opportunity to...