Resolve this year to help others learn to read |

Resolve this year to help others learn to read

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Carson City Literacy Volunteers is asking Northern Nevadans to expand their 2010 New Year’s resolutions and help their fellow community members.

Nationwide, one in seven adults cannot read, write or do math above an elementary school level. Literacy Volunteers is part of a national network of organizations offering education programs that help adults learn to read and write. Volunteers in the program help teach adults basic literacy, GED preparation, math and English as a second language.

Carson City Literacy Volunteers matches trained volunteers with adults so they can work together to build the students’ reading, writing or language skills. It is a longer-term commitment than a one-time volunteer project.

Carson City Literacy Volunteers is a member of ProLiteracy, the world’s largest organization of adult basic education and literacy programs, and is one of 1,200 community-based organizations that make up the ProLiteracy network.

“Literacy literally has the power to change lives,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Particularly in this economy, adults need literacy to help them be competitive for jobs and to help keep themselves and their families healthy. By helping these adults gain the education they deserve, we’re helping them and their children come together to solve problems and create stronger neighborhoods and communities.”

For more information on becoming involved with Carson City Literacy Volunteers, call director Jan Whitemore at 885-1010.