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Changing lives one word at a time

Welcome!  Our Mission Statement:  Believing that literacy is the foundation for a sustainable community, Washtenaw Literacy provides literacy support, free of charge, to adults through a network of trained 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.
  • Learners: We have so many learning opportunities for you throughout the community. Take a look at some of our featured programs below:   
    • Register for a Learning Lab: These are small-group, topic-specific workshops. RSVP REQUIRED
    • BL Learners: Attend a Basic Literacy Group today.
      • Click here to see the schedule for location and times.
      • Click here for the Spring / Summer schedule, effective May 3rd.
    • Visit our computer lab at the Community Opportunity Center. Get help with Math, Computers, Reading, and/or Writing skills.  
      • Click here for the Spring Schedule, effective May 1st.  
      • For directions to the Community Opportunity Center, click here.

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.