Project READ is a coalition of public and private organizations working together to build skilled workers, strong families, and healthy communities.

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Through Project READ, over 100 literacy organizations, schools and businesses are committed to building literacy in the Miami Valley.  Since 1990, Project READ has been located at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

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Project READ is supported by gifts from businesses, foundations, private contributors, and the United Way.  

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Project READ operates the following programs to benefit the community:
  • The Project READ HELPLINE individually matches adult learners with free GED, high school completion, reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. FY16 Totals: Project READ staff individually matched 1,902 adult learners with local classes through the Project READ Helpline.
  • The ADULT LITERACY SERVICES PROGRAM recruits, trains, places and manages volunteers who tutor adults in reading or ESOL.  FY16 Totals: The Adult Literacy Services Program involved 142 volunteers who served 232 adult learners.
  • The YOUTH LITERACY SERVICES PROGRAM recruits, trains, places and manages volunteers who tutor youth in reading or ESOL.  FY16 Totals: During the 2015-2016 school year, 231 volunteers tutored 572 children.
  • The PAID VOLUNTEER PROGRAM provides long-term tutors and classroom aides to local literacy programs.  FY16 Totals: Three PVP tutors instructed 226 adults and 116 children.
  • The BOOK DISTRIBUTION PROJECT gives new or gently used books to children and families in need.   FY16 Totals: Project READ distributed nearly 10,000 books to schools, non-profit organizations, and directly to children and families.
  • Project READ also engages in numerous COMMUNITY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES in order to inform area residents about volunteer opportunities and free classes as well as to model family literacy activities that parents can replicate to nurture reading skills in their children.  FY16 Totals: Project READ planned or participated in 37 community events, reaching nearly 11,000 people with the literacy message.