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Today is Giving Tuesday!

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day where ordinary people come together in an extraordinary way to GIVE GREAT.
On Thanksgiving, WE GIVE THANKS.
On Black Friday, WE GET DEALS.
On Cyber Monday, WE GO ONLINE.
And on Giving Tuesday, WE GIVE BACK.
Now we ask you to help ProLiteracy equip all adults with the literacy skills they need to succeed by making your gift today.
'Tis the season and the gift of literacy is the one that keeps on giving, improving not only the lives of our adult learners, but also those of their families and future generations.
We wish you a joyous holiday season. Thank you for your gift of literacy!
You can also text "READ" to 80888. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill.



The Value of Adult Literacy Volunteering

Did you know that 1 in 4 American adults volunteers in their community? And together, American volunteers donate nearly 7.9 billion hours of service annually?

According to the Independent Sector, the latest national value of volunteer time is $22.55 per hour. Visit Independent Sector’s website to view the per hour value in your state.

Using state volunteer values along with data from our Annual Member Reports, ProLiteracy has calculated the value of adult education volunteer work in each state. How much does adult literacy volunteers in your state compare?

December 5 is United National International Volunteer Day! Make sure your community knows the value of adult literacy volunteering. Ask people in your community to volunteer for your program or find opportunities for volunteering in adult literacy through the National Literacy Directory. In addition, we encourage you to use these figures to show funders, legislators, and other key local stakeholders the enormous value that your volunteers contribute.

Value was calculated based on total instruction hours from ProLiteracy’s Member Statistical Report multiplied by the Independent Sector’s estimation of hourly volunteer value per state.




Does a Mother's Reading Skill Determine Her Child's Academic Success?

In the fourth story for our Family Literacy Month series, we highlight Alvenas, a single mother who overcame the challenges of growing up in a low literacy household. Her story shows us why family literacy matters…
Day after day, Alvenas witnessed her parents struggle because of low literacy skills. Alvenas knew that education was the key to a better life, but she faced a steep learning curve and a family unit unable to advocate for her. Undeterred, Alvenas asked for help from teachers who cared enough to spend extra time tutoring. She felt it was the only way she could break her family's cycle of low literacy. By ninth grade, Alvenas began writing her father's letters, filling out his annual food stamp recertification, and reading over other vital documents for him.
Alvenas then went on to receive an associate's degree and a vocational degree, something that none of her 14 siblings has yet achieved. She then relocated with her young son from Florida to Syracuse, New York. In 2000, she joined ProLiteracy through a welfare-to-work program. She is now the senior customer service representative.
"ProLiteracy truly put its mission into action by hiring and training me. They worked with me despite my initial lack of skills," Alvenas said. "The lack of literacy skills is a real barrier to improving the lives of people. I see some of my neighbors and their families struggle every day. But I know that people can improve their lives because I did it. With the help of organizations such as ProLiteracy, people can succeed."
For more information on how you can help people like Alvenas improve their literacy skills and create better futures for their children, visit ProLiteracy today.
In honor of Family Literacy Month, this is the fourth in our series of Tuesday eblasts
leading up to #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving to others.
#GivingTuesday takes place on December 2, 2014.


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