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Reading Works Inc

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Causes: Adult Education, Education

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: 198

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.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer tutor for Reading Works for nearly two years, I can honestly say that this organization provides an immeasurable service to our community. The training and ongoing workshops for tutors are immensely helpful. And the resources and encouragement afforded to the adult learners are truly remarkable. It is an honor to be affiliated with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reading Works is a 2017 Library of Congress Honoree for Best Practices in Literacy.Begun in 2013, the Literacy Awards honor organizations working to promote literacy and reading in the United States and worldwide. The awards recognize groups doing exemplary, innovative and replicable work, and they spotlight the need for the global community to unite in striving for universal literacy. Fifteen programs from the United States, Canada, Vietnam, Australia, and Indonesia were named Honorees.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that these volunteers do expands exponentially when you consider how just teaching one person to read transmits to more and more people reading. And everyone knows what happens in a world where knowledge is spread freely!!! Thank you for doing such an invaluable job!!

Vicky K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor with Reading Works for four years, and I can attest that it is making a big difference in our community, which has an very high rate of illiteracy. I watched my learner progress from reading at a second grade level to reading at a fifth grade level. When he was able to go to the doctor's office and fill out the paperwork without assistance, he felt enormous pride and accomplishment. And as his tutor, I felt very happy for and proud of him.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer tutor for Reading Works for almost three years. I have been working with the same learner for the entire time, and it has been so rewarding to see how far he's come. My learner and I owe much of his success to the tremendous support system created by Reading Works. Their training sessions for tutors are interesting and extremely helpful. They provide an excellent array of teaching materials and workshops, and they are always coming up with new and interesting ways to help our learners in their quest for literacy. I would not be able to be an effective tutor without them!

bobship10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer tutor and Board member, Reading Works has offered a consistent and stimulating string of challenging opportunities for personal growth and gratification. Along with our other tutors and Board members we experience the satisfaction of helping adults (and their families) move from the fringes of our community closer to the mainstream as they gain self-confidence and joy in learning.

Robert Shipley

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I began tutoring a young man to help him pass the GED written tests--he had already failed the reading and writing portions. After a lot of practice with sample essays he took the tests again and passed. That allowed him to enter college, which he did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reading Works provides 1:1 tutoring to adults who live in our community.Their needs range from Basic Literacy to Math and computer literacy as well as ESL. Some of the students have been able to get job promotions or US citizenship or read books to their children or grandchildren. It is a much needed service and all of the tutors are volunteers with generous hearts!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Reading Works, Inc. is an asset to our community by readying students to take the GED or to pass the Naturalization test for citizenship or to read to their children.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I am honored to be associated with Reading Works. They are providing an effective solution to a significant problem in the community, and as a result they are changing people's lives. Reading Works provides a caring environment, free from judgment, allowing students to meet their literacy goals. The one-on-one tutoring sessions provide personalized instruction, which is a large part of both the students' and Reading Works' success. Each benchmark that students achieve enhances their contribution to their familial, economic, and social responsibilities. This has a dynamic effect, which is becoming apparent within the community they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Board is dedicated to the mission of increasing adult literacy. They are so appreciative of volunteer support. By helping one person at a time, they are making a difference in the Albuquerque community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For donors: Reading Works is a United Way Community Fund agency. When you are looking for a non-profit investment, this means something. Nonprofit programs supported by the Community Fund have been carefully vetted by the community to ensure dollars:

• benefit the most vulnerable in our four-county area.

• support programs with specific, measurable, and attainable goals.

• address needs that are critical and data-informed.

• support work that is not duplicated in its outreach area.

• foster collaboration.

• support effective and efficient programs with excellent track records.

• support programs that are sustainable and of good financial health.

• support best practices.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

I support Reading Works because one way to improve our educational system is to ensure that parents of school-age children have the skills needed to engage with their children and schools in the educational process. Parents who cannot read and write at a level above their children aren't able to support their child's learning, have trouble connecting with teachers regarding their child's education, and frequently miss out on crucial communications from the school.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I became connected with Reading Works in March 2013. I am continually amazed with the passion of not only my fellow board members but the passion our volunteers have for the clients they interact with. Each Reading Works client has a unique story and it is awesome to see these clients able to achieve their goals. Reading Works is a life changing organization I am proud to be associated with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with Reading Works in August of this year. I received their training and was connected with a student. He is a very hard working person who works and has a 12 year old child. Here is a person trying to improve his reading ability. He is a great example for his son and the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Reading Works is a AWESOME non- profit agency that helps adults with literacy. I have been a student for two years. When I came to the program I knew I needed to improve my reading skills and writing skills. I have a dream that one day I'll be working in a field that I love which happens to be the medical field. I thank god that Reading Works is around. Reading Works changed my life by providing me with a tutor that would assist me in accomplishing my goal which is to learn how to read. I continue to work with my tutor once a week to improve my reading and writing skills." 1 out of 5 New Mexicans can't read."

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic group and I am very glad to have gotten the opportunity to be a volunteer ESL tutor with them. I really enjoy working with the person from Uganda who is trying to improve his ability to more naturally speak English.
The chance I have received from Reading Works to be a volunteer ESL tutor is priceless ans am very glad that I have discovered the group and am able to be a volunteer with them

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reading Works is a wonderful family of volunteers. They do a lot of tremendous work for the community of Albuquerque. I began volunteered with them and they sent me to training, taught me everything I needed to know, and put me with an adult ESL learner that worked out great. They really helped me capitalize on my passion for teaching and I'm greatly indebted to them. I'm now a certified ESL volunteer tutor and am so grateful. Thank you for everything!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience as a tutor has been very positive. My student seems to greatly appreciate a chance to improve his literacy. He is motivated to learn even though he has some disabilities. We both enjoy the tutor sessions. Being a literacy coach has been very stimulating for me as a tutor and enriches my life to deal with the challenges of helping my student improve his literacy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Reading Works basic literacy tutor for over two years. The service this organization provides is desperately needed. I' m proud to be a part of this organization, so much that I not only tutor but look for any opportunity to contribute financially. It is a professionally run organization with both the needs of the students and of the tutors in mind. RW leadership also focuses on reaching out to the community and to other agencies and organizations with related missions to better leverage limited resources. The initial training I received, the frequent tutor workshops, and the resource materials available help me provide better help for my student. I can't say enough about the students who work so hard to improve their reading and writing ability. I so admire their dedication and hard work even though they have jobs, families and other responsibilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for almost 2 years. I find this experience extremely rewarding. Reading Works serves a very critical and urgent need in the community, particularly given the importance of literacy and education in this difficult job market. The organization is well run on a very limited budget. The importance of funding and maintaining the facility on Anderson St. SE cannot be emphasized enough. Personally I find it a safe and convenient place to meet for tutoring. One key benefit of tutoring at the Reading Works office is accessibility to readily available resources, e.g., expertise, computers, books and other teaching materials.

Yvonne C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for Reading Works since it began. This is a wonderful organization, offering personalized tutoring in various aspects of adult literacy, and I know that as a result of our services, many lives have been changed for the better. When we have more literate individuals in our community, and more with their GED or more who have become fluent in English, we have a richer and stronger community. The lives of our volunteer tutors have also become richer through the opportunity to give back what others have so generously given us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer tutor for Reading Works for three years. During this time I have been able to prepare a student to pass the GED, and am working with learning-disabled student, helping her to find meaning from what she reads. Reading Works provides generous support to volunteers and learners alike: For the tutors, in addition to a wide variety of teaching materials, it offers regular workshops and even individual advice when needed. For ESL students Reading Works hosts conversation groups to give them an opportunity to practice their new language skills. Learners on the waiting list for a regular tutor are provided interim tutoring to get the process started and to avoid the discouragement learners may feel while they're waiting for a permanent asignment. Reading Works has contributed greatly to our community and deserves all the support it can get!