Adult Education and Family Literacy Week raises public awareness about the need for and value of adult education and family literacy. Did you know 19% of adults in Montcalm County struggle with basic academic skills? Navigating life with low literacy skills is simply more difficult. Imagine finding a job or communicating with your child’s teacher. And the challenge doesn’t stop there- adults with low literacy face poorer health, lower wages, and higher rates of unemployment. Improving literacy levels benefits everyone.
So what can we do? Here are the ways you can help:
Help educate local, state, and federal policymakers about the human, social, and actual costs of low literacy. Build awareness in your community by sharing about the value of literacy. Like and share our Facebook posts to raise awareness.
Federal and state funding is declining, while the need for adult education is on the rise. Support literacy programs with a financial gift. You can click here to give to MARC.
Each one reach one! You can become a volunteer tutor help someone in your community reach their literacy goals. Learn more here.