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Outstanding Private Literacy Group
Virginia Literacy Foundation

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Giving Back

Coastal Virginia Magazine

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Merit Award
Virginia Center for Inclusive



Help us give deserving adults the literacy skills they need to advance in their life, strengthen their family and improve their community.

Watch Our Impact

Why Our Work Matters


Since 1968, Peninsula READS has been serving the Hampton Roads area, working to address a pressing issue that has wide and varied impacts on our community: low-level literacy.  Each year, Peninsula READS serves about 250 adults, working one-on-one with them to grow crucial and necessary skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and computer literacy, as well as offering small group English lessons for speakers of other languages.


But the results of these efforts extend far beyond the people who physically enter the Peninsula READS office; when an adult gains literacy skill, it benefits themselves, their families, and the community as a whole.

According to the National Center for Education, 43 percent of adults age 16 and older read at or below the basic level. What’s more, the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy found that about 31,120 adults in the Virginia Peninsula Area alone were either purely or functionally illiterate — roughly 6 percent of the total population. This lack of literacy skills has wide-reaching effects on the lives of these adults in our community. They struggle to find employment, to understand and control their health and health care, to help their children with homework, and get by in their daily lives.


When you support Peninsula READS, you help to improve the lives of your neighbors beyond just helping them read a book.

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Impact of your Gift


Your tax-deductible donation allows us to continue working to break the cycle of illiteracy in a family, to improve the quality of our workforce for employers and to broaden the tax base in our community.


covers the cost on one teacher’s manual for tutoring.

offsets the cost of assessing one adult learner.

provides a case of paper for lesson planning.

funds a small mailing to our students and tutors.

trains two volunteers to tutor.

enables us to continue our computer literacy programs.

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