I’m Thankful For: Literacy
I’m Thankful For…
Happy November and if you celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve been feeling very much in the Thanksgiving spirit lately and I started thinking about all of the wonderful reasons I have to be thankful. Even in difficult times like these, there are so many things to be grateful for. As I was reflecting on this, the ability to read, quickly came to my mind as one of the many reasons I have to be thankful.
Books have played such a major role in my development as a person, and if this website is not proof enough, I absolutely love to read. It struck me quite poignantly that not everyone has the ability or the opportunity to learn how to read, and so I thought that I would do a little research on what I could do to help.
Below, I’ve listed just a few of the many organizations and nonprofits who aim to increase rates of literacy.
Disclaimer: I have not researched these extensively, so please be aware of that and do your own research!
Room to Read
Room to Read is a non-profit organization promoting girls’ education and children’s literacy on the continents of Africa and Asia. Through education, the organization aims to improve both literacy and gender equality.
Learn more, donate, and get involved.
The international nonprofit organization, ProLiteracy, promotes literacy in adults. Allowing adult learners to gain the skills of reading and writing through a variety of programs, the organization strives toward the goal of increasing adult literacy rates worldwide.
Donate, volunteer, become a member, become an advocate, find a program, and learn more.
Though specific to the New York area, Literacy, Inc. is another non-profit organization that works to increase the rates of literacy. With programs targeted at children and teens, Literacy, Inc. aims to disrupt the trend of “intergenerational illiteracy” by involving the whole family and community.
Learn more, get involved, and donate.
Make Way for Books
Located in southern Arizona, Make Way for Books, works with parents and educators to ensure the circumstances that are conducive to literacy are present in the early stages of a child’s life. With programs, workshops, mentoring, and professional development, Make Way for Books supports the mission of increasing rates of literacy among children.
Get involved, learn more, and donate.
Interested in learning more? Feel free to check out this awesome blog post by Charity Navigator on what they feel are several “Outstanding Literacy Organizations.”
And of course, have a great Thanksgiving!
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