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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!!

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having known about Reading Works since it began, I started volunteering as an ESL tutor when I retired in June 2012. Although I expected to only work with a couple of students, my involvement has grown. I have been tutoring an Intermediate group of 10-12 parents at a local middle school and helping support two other volunteers at the same school. In the last 11 months, our one site has grown from 6 total students to 20 students and a waiting list. During this time, Reading Works has supported the other tutors and me unconditionally and is constantly recruiting students who need our services. Any time I have asked if I could do something new, the answer is always "Of course! Let us know how it works!" This is an amazing organization which changes the lives of real people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor for Reading Works for more than three years, working with four female ESL students. Their accomplishments are many, but include employment promotions, getting a driver's license, library cards, and two students are able to engage in English classes at the community college. Reading Works is a dynamic organization which provides tutors with continuous support, training and learning materials. As a member of the board, I can attest to the commitment of its members and their desire to help Reading Works grow in its ability to serve the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reading Works is a terrific organization and I have enjoyed serving as a tutor. They offer very thorough and enjoyable training for new volunteers, and are there to support tutors and students through every step. They have a great library and resource center that has everything necessary for tutors and students to succeed.

Retired and Loving it

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new tutor for math. I'm currently helping two students to obtain their GED certificates. Both students are in their 30s and have made a commitment to better themselves by obtaining their GED. I admire their desire to work hard in adulthood to make up for past missteps. I'm glad to be helping them and glad that an organization like Reading Works exists to facilitate a connection between volunteers and students in the community. I am a retired civil engineer and I've always wanted to be a teacher so this work is a great fit. From what I've seen so far, the organization is superb and hard working. It's truly a joy to be associated with Reading Works.

2 Daina S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Reading Works fills a great need in Albuquerque. According to the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, nearly half of the state's adults - 46% - are either illiterate or functionally illiterate! Reading Works helps provide solutions to this seemingly insurmountable problem by providing tutors, reading materials, valuable resources and a committed, wonderful staff for those in need. It not only assists learners, but provides great support and training to the tutors. As a volunteer tutor, I'm impressed by their mission and dedication and believe that I've benefited as much, if not more, than my learners.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've recently started working with Reading Works and by far, I'm amazed at the level of commitment shown by the volunteers and the acting Executive Director. She goes above and beyond to keep this program afloat through generous donations and teaching tutor instruction classes on her free weekends. It's inspiring to be in the presence of someone who is so committed to making change in peoples' . Thank you for keeping the space.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not long after I moved to Albuquerque, I read about Reading Works in a local paper. I contacted them and within a short period of time I was enrolled in their ESL training program. That was almost two years ago. Since then I have worked with three different students, all immigrants from the Middle East or northern Africa. All are hard-working, extremely motivated young men with an intense desire to learn. Their stories and their work ethic are inspiring, and I thoroughly enjoy the time I spend with them and the knowledge I have that I am helping them to achieve their goals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love reading works! I have just started in my tutoring career with Reading Works and I plan on spending a long time there and with my wonderful student. The people at Reading Works truly care about the community they serve. Tutoring is a top priority in my life. I love Reading Works for teaching me how to become an effective tutor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Reading Works tutor for almost 2 years. Throughout my entire life, I have been an avid reader and writer, embracing these skills as "core blessings." Whenever I consider illiteracy - - a huge disadvantage for so many across the world - - I have an urgent wish to help. That wish became a reality for me once I retired from my 46-year career as an RN. My very first retirement "project" was to join the Volunteer Program at Reading Works. The 16+ hours of Orientation blew me away with its breadth and depth. I learned so much. Next came my acquaintance with Reading Works' staff, truly a remarkably dedicated and ever-supportive group. As I began with my first student (a bright and highly educated man from Kurdistan), I discovered the wealth of teaching tools that Reading Works has compiled, a library just bursting with helpful resources. Currently, I am working with a Vietnamese learner, a woman whose over-arching goal has been to become a U.S. citizen. For this, she's needed to improve all of her literacy skills and prepare for her Citizenship examinations, both oral and written. Yesterday, she passed with flying colors! During my tenure as a tutor, I've watched with awe the commitment and hard work of Reading Works' administration. This is a tightly-run ship, every day a productive and successful contribution to the community. Reading Works deserves every shred of assistance possible.