The READ Center

The READ Center Supports

Education, Literacy, Employment

About The READ Center

The READ Center is a community-based nonprofit organization that helps adults with low literacy develop basic reading, writing, math, and digital skills so they can fulfill their goals and their roles as family members, workers, and community members. Our programs include teacher-led classroom-based instruction and one-to-one tutoring.

In the Richmond area, more than 73,500 adults struggle to read at a third-grade level. For more than 37 years, READ has trained and provided resources to volunteer tutors who work on a weekly basis with adult students experiencing literacy issues. Small classroom instruction was added to provide more intense study to improve literacy skills for beginning readers (0-3rd-grade level). Research shows both instruction methods are effective.

The READ Center was founded as The Literacy Council of Metropolitan Richmond in 1982 by Altrusa International Richmond, Inc., a professional business women's service club. Altrusans recognized the problem of adult literacy in their community and began efforts to address it.

Today, Reading and Education for Adult Development, Inc. (or The READ Center), serves 150-200 students each year with the help of more than 130 tutors who donate their time to support READ students in improving their literacy and accomplishing their life goals. Everyone needs and deserves a literate life.