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August 16, 2016 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) – It’s time to save the date for Washtenaw Literacy’s 18th annual auction event. Driving Literacy’s Global Kaleidoscope features a very special musical treat -- The University of Michigan Friars!

In addition to supporting a wonderful cause, it will be a fun evening where you’ll have an opportunity to bid on some really fantastic live and silent auction items.



Here is a quick summary of the details:

Driving Literacy’s Global Kaleidoscope is a very rewarding annual fundraiser supporting the work of Washtenaw Literacy. This year’s event is October 8, at 6:00 pm, in Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building Atrium. The evening includes drinks, a strolling supper, and dessert. Tickets are $85 before September 12 and $95 thereafter. Proceeds go directly to Washtenaw Literacy. For ticket information, call (734) 879-1320 or email Washtenaw Literacy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This is Washtenaw Literacy’s 45th anniversary year. Now, more than ever, we need your help. We are the largest and oldest literacy council in the state, but continue to face needs that far outstrips our resources. Illiteracy is a statewide problem – urban and rural – even impacting such areas as education-oriented Washtenaw County, home to University of Michigan and a host of other lauded cultural institutions.

Not only are Washtenaw Literacy’s programs successful, they’re cost effective – for every $1 invested in Washtenaw Literacy, $4.39 in programming is delivered to the community. For the community, it means a stronger work force and reduced rates of crime and poverty. More importantly it interrupts a frightening cycle of illiteracy: studies show 50% of the children of parents who can’t read will grow up to be illiterate adults.

Washtenaw Literacy Executive Director Amy Goodman notes, “While we are proud to have served the community for 45 years, we need your help to continue the fight. Please consider becoming a tutor, making a donation, and plan to join us on October 8!”

Washtenaw Literacy’s website ( provides additional details on how you can join the fight against illiteracy.


About Washtenaw Literacy

Washtenaw Literacy’s purpose is straightforward: we help adults change their lives through literacy. Since 1971 our organization has been devoted to helping men and women improve their reading, writing and English-as-a-Second-Language skills.

Our core program is one-on-one tutoring. This is the approach our first volunteer tutors used in 1971. The reason we still use it today is because it works. Over 90% of adults in our one-on-one tutoring program reach one or more of their goals. Part of this success stems from our “designer tutor” approach. We train each of our volunteer tutors to plan lessons according to the learner’s strengths, needs and goals. Adult learners in our program are motivated because they are setting, and meeting, their own standards for success.

This focus on individual goals makes our program unique in the county. Washtenaw Literacy is a critical part of our community’s educational continuum. Someday we hope to have no need for our services. Until then, we’ll support our volunteer tutors as they help low-literate men and women improve their skills and their lives.