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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Economic Development, Education

Mission: Transforming lives and communities through the doorway of literacy.

Results: Adult students who have completed Literacy Advance classes have gone on to further study, better jobs, US citizenship, and more!

Programs: ABE (Adult Basic Education) - one-on-one help for adults who speak English, but need help with their basic reading and writing literacy. ESL (English as a Second Language) - small-group, skills-based help to communicate better in English.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Advance of Houston is a fabulous nonprofit! The entire focus of the organization is on the students and what can be done to improve service to them - a great dynamic. Volunteers are trained and deeply appreciated. It is a lean organization so donations go to great use. Tutoring at Literacy Advance is extremely rewarding! I've had many heartwarming moments as a tutor when students told me they got a driver's license or could speak to teachers, doctors or maintenance technicians because of their time in my class. The atmosphere at Literacy Advance is joyful and fun! Everyone is treated with respect and it brings out the best in all of us. Donate! Volunteer! Help change people's lives and reap personal reward beyond measure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired a few years ago from Morgan Stanley after 25 years of service. I found myself to be very bored and unfulfilled, my wife still works long and hard days. So I was alone. I thought maybe I could be useful, helpful as a volunteer. I decided to try it and have been very blessed by the warm reception of the students and the happy faces.
I can actually see a difference in my students and their confidence level. I know I have made a difference in their lives, There is no $paycheck, but the value of the rewards I feel inside my heart is tremendous. Thanks Literacy Advance! Jim McCubbin

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've never experienced such an impressive non profit organization. They have literally helped people who were previously powerless and overlooked and scared find purpose, confidence, knowledge, and a network of friends, peers, and resources. Everything they provide is for free, and my contributions as a Board member are tangibly valuable, so I can say they've helped me find additional purpose, confidence, knowledge, and a network for friends, peers, and resources too. Congratulations to Literacy Advance of Houston, all of our volunteers, and all of our students for all the success over the last 50 years. Let's keep doing even more over the next 50!

Review from Guidestar

1 Maxine4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first volunteered here as a way to give back. Even though the clients and staff abundantly praise and thank me, turns out, I have gained so much more than I feel I contribute. I walk away from every interaction feeling energized, hopeful, and connected. Literacy Advance has enriched my life beyond measure.

3 Roslyn M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For anyone searching for a way to make a positive contribution to the lives of Houstonians, Literacy Advance of Houston is a wonderful place to explore. If you prefer to tutor one on one, you can chose to help a native English speaker improve his or her reading skills. If you like small groups, you can tutor 4 to 8 students from all over the world and help them learn English and make sense of our community. Either way, you will be rewarded with interesting activities, new friends, and fascinating new information about language and the world. The value of your contribution of time and effort will expand with each student life you touch.

Previous Stories
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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Literacy Advance of Houston for 12 years. It gets better every year! With enthusiastic, knowledgeable staff and volunteers, hundreds of people are learning to speak, read and write in English - both native speakers and people from about 80 other countries! I encourage anyone with an interest in helping newcomers to the Houston community improve their abilities to become involved.

1 Michael139

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Advance of Houston is staffed by a knowledgeable and dedicated group of employees and volunteers. The classroom facilities are outstanding and there is a well-stocked resource room with teaching materials. Learners are universally pleased with their experiences at Literacy Advance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

All efforts, eyes and hearts are focused on the learners and that makes tutoring at Literacy Advance such a rewarding experience. It's like being on an awesome team of winners who love helping! The staff is top-notch, enthusiastic and so supportive. I've been a tutor since '05 and although much has changed, the most important things haven't: the programs are relevant to the learners and the classroom experience is exciting. I love tutoring at Literacy Advance and I'm so grateful for all the volunteers, the staff and those who so generously give their resources to the learners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Literacy Advance of Houston is a great place to volunteer. They are highly organized and appreciative. It really feels good to be part of this organization - working (and having fun) with the staff, students and other volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for almost 4 years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. From the thorough orientation I attended, I knew that I would be prepared to help a fellow Houstonian learn to read and write. Seeing the light go "on" is an amazing moment - when the student gets a certain concept, learns a new word, writes his first paragraph, spells every word correctly, speaks in front of a crowd - I get goosebumps thinking about the many things that these students learn - and we take for granted. I have seen first-hand the transformation that happens when a student learns to read. Everyone who comes here is motivated and happy. This is the happiest place to be!

1 Steve54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a a volunteer at Literacy Advance has truly been a rewarding and productive experience. The wonderfully supportive staff make the environment pleasant and enjoyable. The staff also make both tutors and students feel welcome and appreciated. This is a remarkable place.