Adult Literacy By the Numbers
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on January 13, 2022 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNewscategoryAdvocacy

Each year, we ask our member programs to submit data so we can compile the Annual Statistical Report, which gives a snapshot of the current trends within the adult literacy field. 

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Learning English Brings Her Goals into Focus

Edis Canales will be the first to tell you she is shy. While that might be true, she won’t hesitate to tell you what she aspires to. "My dream is to be a nurse,” she said. “I like to help people and make people feel better.” 


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The Washington Post Advice Column Ask Amy Recognizes ProLiteracy Among Top Charities
Posted by Randy Hadzor on December 29, 2021 in categoryNewscategoryAdvocacy
The Washington Post Advice Column Ask Amy Recognizes ProLiteracy

We are humbled to be in included in The Washington Post's advice column: Ask Amy. Columnist Amy Dickinson recognized ProLiteracy as a highly rated and worthy organization in her annual Charity Roundup.

Dickinson gives a nod of respect to Ruth Colvin for founding Literacy Volunteers of America in 1960—now ProLiteracy with more than 1,000 organizations across America and internationally. Ruth's work is evidence that one person can truly make a difference in the world.

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A Holiday Greeting from Ruth Colvin
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on December 20, 2021 in categoryNews

I can’t thank all of you enough for everything you’re doing to keep ProLiteracy growing and changing people’s lives. As I look back on my own life of 105 years, I still can’t believe that when I started Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) in 1961, illiteracy was not only an unmet need locally, but across the U.S. and the world.   


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With Love and Loss, She Keeps Learning
Posted by Laura McLoughlin on December 17, 2021 in categoryWomen's Empowerment

Nearly 20 years ago, Garmenia Carmen Hagewood came to the United States from her home country, Peru. She was 55 and in search of work. She spoke very little English, but that soon changed.

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