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Reading Works Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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



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.


Rating: 5

I have been with Reading Works since 2008 as a board member, tutor, and project leader. I am so pleased to be working with highly talented and devoted tutors who so generously share their talents with people wanting to change their lives by improving their literacy skills. As a tutor, I am always learning more about the subject we are studying and love the thrill of seeing a breakthrough in a person's understanding! That is the payoff for me! Plus, the friendships I have with my students enrich my life. The Board is unique because they are actively involved with the program rather than just a board that sets policy or raises money. Because we do not have an agency housing us, the challenges of raising money and seeing that our community-based program keeps improving in innovative ways keeps their involvement high. Our office is used for training and for tutoring, has a good library for our tutors, and is located in a neighborhood that we think may find our services useful. Our board president, a founder, has vision and high energy so she keeps moving us along. With the literacy levels so low in a great percentage of our citizens, the need is great, but we are working to get our name out and to increase our contribution to our city. I am so glad to be involved with this pioneering group in Albuquerque.


Rating: 5

I started doing GED math tutoring with Reading Works in September of this year. Thank goodness for the RW scanner; now all my handouts are on a memory stick. I am particularly happy to have a math tutoring connection to the people of DVRC via Reading Works. It is my way of investing in the community here.