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For Immediate Release
June 4, 2013

Contact:
Kathy Endaya, Executive Director
Redwood City Project READ
(650) 780-7077

Redwood City Project READ Connects Tutors with Learners, Bringing Literacy to Our Community
Volunteers are at the core of this successful program

Redwood City, CA - With a remarkable track record of success, Redwood City Project READ is gearing up to accept a new corps of volunteers to support literacy and learning in Redwood City. Project READ's inter-generational tutoring programs bring literacy and the love of reading to adults, youth, and families, from all walks of life throughout the Redwood City community. Today, the need continues to grow and so Project READ is seeking new volunteers to participate in short training sessions, be paired with a learner, and experience the fulfillment and enjoyment of contributing to literacy in Redwood City.

With a sizeable waiting list of people eager to learn, now is a great time for volunteers to get involved in making a real difference in someone's life by becoming a Project READ tutor.

The Project READ volunteer tutors work one-on-one, or with a small group, for just a few hours a week, helping learners attain their personal educational goals. Tutors work with learners in a relaxed and supportive environment, providing a source of inspiration and hope, and instilling a lifelong love of learning. Tutoring sessions are individualized and designed to meet the needs of learners to improve their skills, learn, and achieve their goals. Anyone with an interest in helping others learn to read is invited and encouraged to learn more at  http://projectreadredwoodcity.org/, or call 650-780-7077.

"Our Project READ volunteers are highly valued and appreciated," said Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre. "Every day they are opening the door to literacy and helping learners develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, enriching and changing people's lives. I urge our community members to volunteer to be part of this remarkable process."

Volunteer tutors do not need special background or experience, only the desire to help others and a willingness to participate in a fun, hands-on, interactive, and engaging tutor training/program orientation. Tutors range from junior high school to seniors, and they frequently report that one of the most satisfying aspects of the program is being able to get to know their learner and enjoy mutual learning experiences. Training sessions take place this summer, so any interested community members are encouraged to call Project READ today.

See http://projectreadredwoodcity.org/ for the training schedule and details. 

Redwood City Project READ is a library-based nonprofit organization providing tutoring and other enrichment services dedicated to ending illiteracy in Redwood City by 2020 through intergenerational literary services. Project READ is closely tied to our local schools. It offers multiple programs to meet the diverse needs and reading levels of adults, adolescents, and families in Redwood City, focusing on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.  

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