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Reading Works Wins Yelp Contest Grant

Reading Works Wins Yelp Contest Grant
We are excited to share that Reading Works won a $5,000 grant from the Yelp Foundation, thanks to votes from community members in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest!
Thank you so much to everyone who voted and supported us. This grant will go a long way toward supporting adult literacy […]

PULSE Speaker Craig Boykin Has Been There

PULSE Speaker Craig Boykin Has Been There

By Kristen Barnes-Holiday, Director of Program Outcomes
Nationally-renowned motivational speaker Craig Boykin is coming to Detroit this November to share his inspiring story of how he overcame life’s obstacles and is now pursuing his Ph.D.
Although Craig is a huge success today, he did not have an easy start. Craig is the product of a broken home, […]

Do You Wonder How Reading Works is Funded?

Do You Wonder How Reading Works is Funded?

By Paula Brown, Executive Director of Reading Works
I ask because when introducing Reading Works to prospective supporters, one of their first questions is, “How is Reading Works funded?” I thought perhaps you might have this question a well.
Since Reading Works does not provide direct services to learners, but serves the agencies providing those services, we […]

Workers In Warehouse Preparing Goods For Dispatch

Reading Works Helps Detroiters Launch Careers

By Kevin Lignell, Communications and Development Director
As Detroit evolves into a city of the future, workforce development is becoming one of the hottest topics.
Reading Works Impact Partners have become key contributors to this evolution by working together, helping Detroiters gain the literacy skills they need to participate in current and future jobs.
Despite a surge in […]

Board Member Deb Scola to receive Neal Shine Award

Board Member Deb Scola to receive Neal Shine Award

We congratulate our board member Deb Scola for being awarded the Neal Shine Award for Media Commitment to Philanthropy. The award will be given out at the National Philanthropy Day dinner on November 10th. Here is what Crain’s Business Detroit had to say about her achievement:

Also, Scola is a founding member and 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

Our Chief Volunteer Officer: Tom McGinnis

Our Chief Volunteer Officer: Tom McGinnis

If Tom McGinnis had decided to become a rock and roll disc jockey—a path he once entertained in his youth—his life would undoubtedly look at lot different. Despite this, his reach is arguably even greater now than if he had pursued that path.
As a Partner with Deloitte and the Chair of Reading Works Board of […]

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 […]