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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.
  • Celebration of Learning 2016: Our annual gathering to celebrate the hard work of all our learners and dedication of all our tutors. We do all this celebrating while sharing a potluck meal together. Awards are presented to several learners who have made progress towards their goals and improved their skills during the previous year. All learners, tutors, and families are invited. Click here for the event information. To R.S.V.P., click here.
  • Learners: We have so many learning opportunities for you throughout the community. Take a look at some of our featured programs below:  
    • Consider registering for one of our Winter Learning Labs at our Community Opportunity Center in Ypsilanti. Click here for the schedule and registration details.  For directions to the Community Opportunity Center, click here.
    • Join our upcoming Financial Empowerment CourseThis 10-week FDIC Money Smart workshop will teach you how to budget and track spending, open and manage a bank account, plan for your future, and much more!  To view the flyer, click here
    • BL Learners: Attend a Basic Literacy Group today. Click here to see the schedule for location and times. 
    • ESL Learners: We have several Learning Labs planned for Winter 2016.  Click here for a full description or to register for any of the Labs.  Space is limited and advanced registration is required.  Please register today.
  • Tutors - Power Tutoring 2016 is Saturday, February 20th. Please join us for our annual, premier tutor workshop. This day of workshops will take place at Washtenaw Community College, Crane Liberal Arts and Sciences Building, from 8:30am to 2pm. For descriptions of all the workshops, click here. Please R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend - we recommend signing up early to ensure you get into your first choice workshop!  Click here to R.S.V.P. 

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.