Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Volunteers for Literacy

When I lived in a rural northern New Mexico village, the illiteracy rate was about 32%--and this percentage represented citizens born and raised in the U.S. for generations.  The effects of illiteracy showed the negative impact on the community as computer skills grew to become an essential part of finding a better-paying job. 
Literacy volunteers , like the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, eagerly volunteered to bring literacy to those wanting to leave behind the inability to read, even simple instructions.
ProLiteracy is a nonprofit that works from the community level to an international level with the mission to bring literacy to the world because literacy can end poverty, injustice, discrimination and violence and also help families “be healthier, support themselves through work, be better citizens and create a more fair and just society.”

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