Adult and Family Literacy
Adult Basic Education
In Lucas County, 40,000 adults read at the Below Basic level according to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy survey and are therefore functionally illiterate. Another 100,000 are estimated to read at the Basic level and are increasingly at risk in our information-dependent world. Adults who read at a Basic or Below Basic level are unable to read the newspaper, fill out job applications or help their children with homework.
Since 1986, Read for Literacy has assisted over 5,000 adults to increase their literacy levels through one-on-one and small group tutoring using trained volunteers.
English Language Learners
The 2010 US Census revealed that there were over 26,000 individuals in Lucas County who spoke a language other than English at home, with nearly 8,000 individuals indicating they spoke English “not at all” or “not very well.” Many of these individuals have great difficulty in completing even the most routine of tasks, like shopping for food or making doctors’ appointments.
While there are several organizations providing classes throughout the community, there are still people who, due to scheduling conflicts with work and childcare, cannot fit classes into their tight schedules. There are also individuals who are not comfortable in a classroom setting and benefit from a more individualized approach. For these students, Read for Literacy provides free, one-on-one tutoring. When possible, students are placed with a volunteer who speaks their native language.
This valuable resource is made possible by dedicated volunteers from the community who are trained in using one of several curriculums available through our office. They are also instructed in cultural sensitivity and ELL teaching techniques. Tutoring generally takes place twice a week for about an hour and a half at any library or other secure public location. Tutors and students are asked to make a commitment of at least 6 months.
Read for Literacy has bilingual Spanish speaking staff available for inquiries and for assisting tutors who have Spanish-speaking students.
Creating Family Readers
Read for Literacy’s newest program, Creating Family Readers was initiated in 2014 with funding from the Toledo Community Foundation, ProMedica and O-I Foundation. We are working in the community to combine our Adult Literacy Program and Creating Young Readers program in a non-classroom setting. Reader friends and tutors work with the family individually and as a unit to increase literacy knowledge.