ProLiteracy recently released its 2016-2017 Annual Statistical Report of adult literacy programs across the United States. Here is how The READ Center compares:
  • When it comes to gender, READ and the nation align pretty closely. READ serves more female students than male, and a strong majority of our volunteers are female also.
  • READ serves a higher number of African American/Black students than the national percentage. This could be because many of the other organizations surveyed provide English as a Second Language classes, and READ does not.
  • 69% of READ’s students are beginner readers (0-3 grade level). READ focuses on serving lower-level readers, as they can eventually “graduate” to continue their studies at local adult education programs as their skills improve.
  • The percentage of READ volunteers who are aged 60 and older is pretty close to the national percentage. Many volunteers come to us in retirement to keep busy by giving back.
  • The READ Center has a relatively high number of individual donations compared to the nation. Richmond is full of givers!
Students Served Locally Nationally
204 216,681
Gender Locally Nationally
Female 54% 65%
Male 46% 35%
Ethnicity Locally Nationally
African American/Black 89% 18%
Asian 2% 13%
Hispanic/Latino 2% 43%
White 7% 21%
Basic Literacy Levels Locally Nationally
Grades 0-3 69% 24%
Grades 4-5 22% 24%
Grades 6-8 5% 30%
Grades 9-12 5% 22%
Volunteers Locally Nationally
112 88,404
Gender Locally Nationally
Female 79% 73%
Male 17% 27%
Percentage of Volunteers age 60 and older Locally Nationally
52% 48%
Percentage of Private/Individual Donations Locally Nationally
27% 7%

All data based on 2016-2017 estimates

More interesting takeaways:

  • 93% of READ’s education team are volunteers; 7% are paid instructors.
  • Though we have some generous donors who contribute through their United Way employee giving campaigns, READ does not currently receive United Way funding.
  • READ is now among the 31% in the nation providing digital literacy services through our revised definition of literacy.


You can read the ProLiteracy Annual Statistical Report here. For more interesting news about our students and tutors, visit our news page.