Project READ is a coalition of public and private organizations working together to build skilled workers, strong families, and healthy communities through lifelong literacy.
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.
Project READ is supported by gifts from businesses, foundations, private contributors, and the United Way.
The Project READ HELPLINE individually matches adult learners with free GED, high school completion, reading and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. FY17 Totals: Project READ staff individually matched 1,962 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. FY17 Totals: The Adult Literacy Services Program involved 156 volunteers who served 286 adult learners.
The YOUTH LITERACY SERVICES PROGRAM recruits, trains, places and manages volunteers who tutor youth in reading or ESOL at dozens of local schools and community tutoring sites. FY17 Totals: During the 2016-2017 school year, 254 volunteers tutored 702 children.
The PAID VOLUNTEER PROGRAM provides long-term tutors and classroom aides to local literacy programs. FY17 Totals: Three PVP tutors instructed 91 adults and 67 children.
The BOOK DISTRIBUTION PROJECT gives new or gently used books to children and families in need. FY17 Totals: Project READ distributed nearly 12,000 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 Project READ services and volunteer opportunities as well as to distribute books. FY17 Totals: Project READ planned or participated in 32 community events, reaching over 6,000 people with the literacy message.