Mission: Can you imagine what life would be like if you could not recite the alphabet or recognize the letters in your name? What if your spouse had a heart attack and you could not call 911 because you did not speak English? These are not hypotheticals but real stories. . Reading Works’ mission: Empower adults with the literacy and language skills they need to participate fully and effectively in work, civic life and community. To meet our mission, we rely on the help of community volunteers.
Results: Last programming year 93% of our clients reported real life changes as a result of participating in literacy programs. Accomplishments: voting, US Citizenship, getting a job, learning survival English, learning how to use a computer, reading a book for the very first time.
Target demographics: Non-Literate and Low-Literate Adults — Women — Immigrants — Low Income
Direct beneficiaries per year: 145
Geographic areas served: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Programs: Free tutoring to adults in core areas: reading and writing, English as a Second Language, math, computer skills.
After attending the annual fundraiser for this organization I am so impressed with the hard work and fabulous results this group has shown. They are a group of highly engaged individuals who are making big strides in the local community by giving the gift of reading to adults. One young woman was able to acquire her GED and continue with her studies which was bound to be passed along to her children.