Although a lot of us may take it for granted, reading is an extremely important skill needed to have success as a student, worker and in many other areas of life.
However, not everyone has access to the opportunities and tools needed to gain this skill. Project READ is looking to change that.
Project READ is a coalition of public and private organizations whose headquarters are located at Sinclair’s main campus in Dayton, Ohio, building 3 room 142. The coalition has been active since 1990.
Over 100 organizations, schools and businesses are working together through Project READ to “build skilled workers, strong families and healthy communities through lifelong literacy.”
The people at Project READ are committed to building literacy throughout the Miami Valley because they know how much it can change someone’s life.
Project READ has five main programs listed on their website, project-read.org/about-us. They have literacy services for both adult learners and youth which provide tutoring from trained volunteers in reading and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). They also have a Project READ helpline which individually matches adult learners with GED, high school completion, reading and ESOL classes at no cost.
Their paid volunteer program provides long term tutors and aid to local literacy programs. Their book distribution program offers new and gently used books to children and families in need.
In addition to all of this, Project READ makes an effort to be involved in many community outreach events to spread the news about their services, recruit volunteers and distribute books.
If you want to be a part of the positive change Project READ is creating in our community, there are many ways you can get involved. You could be trained by Project READ to be a volunteer tutor or apply to be an adult literacy classroom aide.
You could also give some of your time and work at their volunteer-staffed partner bookstore in Centerville, where all profits go to support the programs.
If you can’t find time in your schedule to volunteer, you can support Project READ simply by visiting The Bookstore @ Antiques Village and buying a book! If you want to get involved or are looking for more information, visit their website, project-read.org/volunteer. You can also call them at 937-461-7323.