Someone who is functionally illiterate can often read and write simple words but cannot apply these limited skills to necessary tasks in everyday life such as reading a medicine label, balancing a bank account, and filling out a job application. In fact, parents who are functionally illiterate will not have the skills or confidence to help their children with homework or even read their children a bedtime story (World Literacy Foundation, 2012).
Functional illiteracy prevents adults from accessing education and vocational training, thus decreasing their earning capacity. It costs employers, healthcare providers, and municipalities additional dollars each year. It impacts children’s performance in school and likelihood to graduate from high school and attend college. Even adults with some education struggle with literacy skills. Many adults with less than a 9th grade education read below a 5th grade level.
Did you know that the percentage of adults with less than a 9th grade education is higher in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County than it is in the State and the Nation?
How can you help? Become a Community Literacy Partner through your gifts of time and money. A donation of $25 will purchase a literacy book or help with the cost of tutoring. Use our secure online donation form here. Interested in volunteering? Call 540.433.0505 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and upcoming tutor training dates.