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Hilarie Chambers named new director of Reading Works

Your Volunteer Impact

 Your Volunteer Impact
Each year, hundreds of volunteers are needed to help adults achieve literacy goals to be strong parents and get better jobs.
As a volunteer, you are both tutor and mentor to adults seeking to build a better life.  Are you ready to do something great?
Check out our Impact Partner agencies to find the best place for […]

Volunteer tutor Elaine Semanik assists Victoria and other students at Southwest Solutions' Adult 
Learning Lab.

Elaine Semanik, Volunteer Tutor Making a Difference

Victoria was working as a waitress when she started classes at Southwest Solutions’ Adult Learning Lab in southwest Detroit. Her goal was to improve her English, since Spanish is her first language, and work toward her GED so she could obtain a better job.
Victoria participates in a small group tutored by Elaine Semanik, who has […]

Volunteering by the Numbers

Volunteering by the Numbers

Illiteracy Doesn’t Discriminate

Illiteracy Doesn’t Discriminate

Illiteracy doesn’t discriminate. It holds back men and women of every color, income and social level.
Some very well-known people have fought for years to hide the fact that they struggled with reading until that life-changing moment when they faced down the problem. That was the first strong step to overcoming a limitation that had long […]


You can read this.  What if you couldn’t?  How would your life be different?
How would you fill out a job application, follow a training manual, read to your child?
For almost half of your neighbors in metro Detroit, these simple, everyday tasks are impossible.
Reading Works wants to change this.  Join us in our effort.