Transforming Lives: One Student at a Time

Grandpa readsAt 62 years of age, Phil couldn’t read or even name all of the letters of the alphabet. He was unable to do basic life tasks like reading street signs or the menu at a restaurant.

A laborer all his life, Phil relied on his impressive store of coping skills, and on help from his devoted wife to get by. But when his wife passed away, Phil was left alone trying to find his way in a world he couldn’t fully understand.

It took a great deal of strength for Phil to ask for help, but he did. We spent time learning the alphabet and I slowly taught Phil to read. I stood proudly back and listened to Phil read aloud to me from the McDonald’s menu board for the first time.

Now Phil reads to his grandchildren.

For nearly 40 years, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta has been providing free, confidential, one-to-one tutoring services to adults in the Kennebec Valley.

We need your help now more than ever to continue our mission of improving the literacy skills of people like Phil, people of our community.

Won’t you consider helping us by making a donation to Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta today?

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