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.
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. FY19 Totals: Project READ staff individually matched 1,006 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. FY19 Totals: The Adult Literacy Services Program involved 186 volunteers who served 465 adult learners.
The PAID VOLUNTEER PROGRAM provides long-term tutors and classroom aides to local literacy programs. FY19 Totals: One PVP tutors instructed 174 adults.
The BOOK DISTRIBUTION PROJECT gives new or gently used books to children and families in need. FY19 Totals: Project READ distributed nearly 18,445 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. FY19 Totals: Project READ planned or participated in 24 community events, reaching over 11,058 people with the literacy message.