from Gerry Hafer –
Adult Literacy Project
We’ve been laying the groundwork for an exciting program through which local volunteers will partner with the Lake County (FL) Library System to serve as adult literacy tutors. Lake County officials have offered to provide training and support materials to our volunteers so that are equipped to provide tutoring for adults in the area needing help. Our selection of Adult Literacy is in keeping with the Foundation’s mission of assisting older Americans to better understand their available options as they make decisions affecting their social, health, and economic lives.
Through the assistance of Dan Lukasiewic in New York, and The Villages Daily Sun, we’ve enlisted (so far) ten volunteers to be formally trained for the project, and we hope have our volunteers actively providing service midway through the first quarter of 2015. We’re anxious to begin making a difference with this project, and to do our part to help address the adult literacy problem in America. And it’s a bigger problem than most people think…the ProLiteracy Education Network, for example, reports that 43% of our country’s adult population has a reading comprehension level of grade 8 or lower.