I am president of the board of the local chapter of Literacy Volunteers Association. Since 1983 Literacy Volunteers has been teaching adults how to read, write, spell and comprehend the English language. This basic skill can be taken for granted. Illiteracy is a problem that affects our entire society, not just individuals.

Here are some facts:
· 1 in 6 adults in NJ are illiterate

· Literacy is learned – the single greatest indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of the parents

· Two-thirds of children that cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare

· More than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate

· 75% of food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels

· 43% of adults with the lowest literacy live in poverty

· Low health literacy costs between $106 and $236 billion each year in the US

Adults need strong literacy skills to….

Raise children that have strong literacy skills

To be good employees

To keep themselves and their families healthy

To be active in their communities

To advocate for themselves and avoid human rights abuse

And to avoid crime

Attached for your consideration is a request for Calvi Electric to support our annual gala (I hate to ask for money, especially friends, but I think this services are necessary so decided to be brave and ask!). If you would like any additional information please do not hesitate to ask. I appreciate your time and look forward to hearing from you.