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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

3 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

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!!


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.


Rating: 5

Reading Works serves the community with a program that directly assists non-literate adults. One of the most fundamental and necessary skills required in our society today is literacy. So many of us take this skill for granted, yet the statistics on the number of adults unable to read and write are truly startling. I am impressed by the many dedicated tutors who work selflessly to teach reading and writing. I am equally impressed by the clients that work so hard to acquire these skills. It is a privilege to be part of something that can so profoundly impact the quality of a human being's life.