Give The Gift of Literacy
You can give a thoughtful, impactful gift in honor of someone this holiday season! Just use the donate button (below) and under “COMMENTS” include that person’s name. We’ll contact you to confirm and personalize a gift certificate. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 501.372.7323. It’s a wonderful way to support literacy in our community.
We are grateful to our sponsors that made LACA’s 2022 Trivia Bee possible:
In today’s workplace, literacy levels and job skill development go hand in hand. Higher literacy levels improve our economy by helping adults get family-supporting jobs.
Parents who have at least basic literacy skills can make a big difference to their children’s future by supporting them in school and engaging in family literacy activities.
Adults with low literacy skills are hospitalized at much higher rates than those with more literacy. Better health literacy can mean healthier lives and saved money.
Literacy is our most critical skill …
… and it can mean the difference between a life well lived and a life of hardship. Unfortunately, more than 43 million Americans read at or below a basic level—with nearly 100,000 in central Arkansas alone struggling with basic literacy skills that most of us take for granted.
Teaching an adult to read has a profound and lasting impact on their ability to function successfully within our community by improving their ability to find and retain family-supporting jobs, engage in family literacy activities, and help make informed decisions that will ensure healthy lives.
Since 1986, Literacy Action has trained volunteer literacy tutors to provide basic literacy and English language instruction to thousands of adults in central Arkansas. Our success depends on the support of individuals and organizations who believe that literacy has the power to build and transform communities. We invite you to become engaged by learning more about adult literacy issues, volunteering as a literacy tutor, or by making a donation.
How We Do It
Literacy Action offers a welcoming community for adults to improve their literacy skills and enhance their quality of life—for free. With support from volunteers, donors, partners, and the community at large, Literacy Action invests in Central Arkansas’ greatest asset: our people.
Our volunteer instructors and tutors build a collaborative learning environment where adult students can expand their reading, writing, and speaking skills. Our personalized approach allows students to shape the instruction they receive, leading to improved literacy and life skills.
Qualified volunteer instructors teach relevant, responsive, and level-appropriate curriculum for small groups of students in a classroom or online environment.
Trained volunteer tutors help our students meet their individual literacy and communication needs in one-on-one tutoring sessions, usually twice a week.
Each student identifies academic and personal goals, and tutors design lessons to help them meet these goals. Students and tutors can meet for lessons at a location and time that is convenient for them.
Help Literacy Action thrive with your gift today
We cannot do it without you! Help us continue the fight against illiteracy in our community and improve the lives of our students one word at a time. Your gift helps Literacy Action thrive, grow, and serve more of the nearly 100,000 students in the central Arkansas area that cannot read.
Literacy Action Stories
Heflin Youth Foundation Awards $5,000 for New Family Literacy Program In 2018, Literacy Action of Central Arkansas will start its pilot family literacy program, Project LIFT (Literacy Inspiring Family Transformation). We are excited to be among the first recipients...
From Sharecropper's Son to Reading Enthusiast John* was born on the day World War II began, Pearl Harbor Day in 1941, in the east Arkansas flat delta farmlands. He was a sharecropper’s son and went to very poorly funded “colored” schools in Keo, 20 miles south-east of...
BHP has awarded Literacy Action of Central Arkansas a $6,700 donation to support literacy programming in Faulkner County. By Log Cabin Democrat Aaran Mattson, Literacy Action’s Faulkner County program coordinator, and her student use the program’s current equipment...
Student and Tutor of the Year Award Winners We had a great time on September 29th honoring our students and tutors at Shine a Light on Literacy. We were pleased to present our Student of the Year Award to Christina Cook. Christina worked incredibly hard this year to...
A wonderful story of continued success about our partner program with the women of Westover Hills Presbyterian at the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center! Here's just a snippet of the article written by Rachel Herzog from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Four...
As a tutor for Literacy Action of Central Arkansas, I teach English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and I tutor one-on-one with adults who want to improve their literacy skills. In April 2017, I started tutoring Angela. Angela is from Venezuela. She and I meet...