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Changing lives one word at a time

Welcome! Washtenaw Literacy's mission is to provide free literacy instruction customized to the needs of adults throughout Washtenaw County, utilizing a trained network of volunteer tutors. It is our vision to eliminate illiteracy in Washtenaw County. For over 40 years we have been empowering adults through improved literacy. Since our founding in 1971, we have served over 20,000 learners and trained and fully supported over 10,000 volunteer tutors.  Learn more.

  • Free TUTORING for ADULTS of ALL AGES!  Free, flexible tutoring in basic reading, writing, math and English as a Second Language (ESL): Learn more.
  • Calling all project managers and creative types!  Would you like to help plan our 17th Annual Driving Literacy Benefit Gala?  The event is on October 3, 2015, and this year the theme is Royal Masquerade.  Please help support Washtenaw Literacy by helping to create a beautiful, festive event! Fill out this short response.
  • Register today for one of our ongoing Professional Development workshops.  Click here for more information and to register.  
  • Attend a FREE Basic Literacy Group today.  Click here to see the current group time and location.

Meet Some of Washtenaw Literacy’s Learners 



Washtenaw Literacy will be honoring outgoing Development Director Vanessa Mayesky at a reception on November 19 at Kerrytown Concert House from 5:30 to 7.  Vanessa has been with Washtenaw Literacy for twelve years, at first as a VISTA volunteer.  She became the agency’s first Development Director in 1999.  In that role, Vanessa built a diversified and strong resource development foundation that included implementing the Benevon system of fundraising, overseeing the creation and implementation of World in a Basket, and developing a solid grant base. 

Vanessa will not be far from Washtenaw Literacy.  She will be the first full-time Coordinator for the new Literacy Coalition of Washtenaw County.  Founded in 2007 by the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, the Coalition’s 38 members include literacy agencies, educational institutions, businesses and individuals.  The charge of the Coalition is to implement the Blueprint to End Illiteracy.  Washtenaw Literacy is a founding member of the Coalition.