Welcome Friends of Literacy

Our Mission
Providing volunteer-based literacy education for adults to become
more successful employees, parents, consumers and citizens.

Our Vision
To create a culture where 100% adult literacy is the norm.


A Pleasantville grandmother helps adults read

     As seen in the 12/27/16 Press of Atlantic City

Low literacy contributes to many social issues

      As seen in the 12/07/16 Press of Atlantic City

Crime, poverty, health, unemployment, school readiness. Every important social issue faced in the community is impacted by low literacy. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years or drop out, according to ProLiteracy, a national adult literacy organization.

Thirty-six million adults in the U.S. cannot read, write or do basic math above a third grade level; 43 percent of low literacy adults live in poverty; $225 billion is lost in non-productivity in the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment; $232 billion in health care costs are linked to low literacy.

A local organization, Literacy Volunteers Association — Cape Atlantic (LVA), provides free services to adults in Atlantic and Cape May counties with a vision to create a culture where 100 percent literacy is the norm. Volunteer tutors provide literacy education for adults to become more successful employees, parents, consumers and citizens.

There are many ways to help. The LVA needs volunteers to tutor students throughout the region. And, the group is currently recruiting board members to help meet its admirable mission. Corporate and individual financial support to fund student materials, tutor training, staff and property expenses is critical to keep program services at current levels.

Kate GallagherVesey
Literacy Volunteers Association — Cape Atlantic Inc.
Volunteer board president

Literacy Volunteers Association :: Improving Lives Beyond Words.