When adults learn how to read and write, they are more likely to help lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and lift themselves out of poverty.
Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) September 01, 2015
ProLiteracy is pleased to announce that it is launching an Adult Literacy Day of Giving on September 25 to raise awareness about adult literacy and encourage people to get involved by volunteering, supporting, and donating. More than 36 million adults in America cannot read, and overall funding for literacy programs has dropped. Meanwhile, nearly 70 percent of these programs have student waiting lists.
Improving basic literacy skills addresses many of the world’s greatest needs at their core. When adults learn how to read and write, they are more likely to help lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and lift themselves out of poverty.
Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy, says, “We are trying to raise awareness about adult literacy and encourage people to get involved by volunteering, supporting, and donating. It's important to understand the issues and confront the facts head on. If you have a passion for helping your community, and creating a world where every adult has a right to literacy, please learn more about the Adult Literacy Day of Giving by visiting our website at http://www.SupportAdultLiteracy.org.”
ProLiteracy is a national nonprofit that develops and promotes adult literacy learning, content, and instruction through its 1,000 member programs nationwide. A safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population. For more than 50 years, ProLiteracy has been working to build that society—and to create a world where every person can fulfill his or her life through literacy.
The Day of Giving is being held during Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. This week raises public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assists adult learners in need of literacy services, leverages local resources, and supports increased access to adult education and family literacy programs.
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit http://www.proliteracy.org.
The U.S. loses billions of dollars every year because of low productivity in the workforce, high unemployment rates, Medicaid costs, the cost of food stamps, and expenses associated with providing subsidized housing. Millions of adults living in the U.S. struggle with basic literacy skills. In the U.S., 14 percent of adults 16 and older read below a fifth grade level, and 29 percent read at only an eighth grade level. Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43 percent live in poverty.