The READ Center

The READ Center is a non-profit organization that provides free literacy programs to adults with low

Operating as usual


The Great Richmond Trivia Bee will be back at the Dewey Gottwald Center this April 25th!!

Registration is LIVE for sponsors, teams and spectators to sign up! Registration and more information on the event can be found at


This month, READ launched a pilot program called "Digital Skills On-The-Go" with our friends at Peter Paul Development Center!

This program aims to bridge digital literacy gaps in the Richmond community by offering curated digital skills curriculum to residents in their respective neighborhoods, at an organization that they are already in community with. We hope to replicate this pilot with partner organizations across the metro area.

Thank you to our partners at Peter Paul RVA for helping us to pilot this program and to Dante Washington for making this awesome video!


The READ Center is hiring for a part-time Adult Basic Education Teacher!

The available teaching opportunities are: 1) Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am-11:00am and 2) Monday & Wednesday, 11:30am-1:30pm. Although not required, the ideal candidate would work both shifts.

To apply - please send a cover letter & resume to [email protected] by January 26, 2024. The full job description can be found at:

Photos from The READ Center's post 12/22/2023

The READ Center wishes you & your loved ones a happy, healthy holiday season! We hope to see you in 2024🎉

Please note that our office will be closed from 12pm on 12/22/23 through 1/1/24 to allow our team members to spend quality time with their loved ones. We'll be back and ready to assist you on Tuesday, Janaury 2!


Over the summer, READ created a unique cookbook with recipes from students, volunteers & teachers.

If you're looking to try out some new recipes in 2024, give a gift of $15 or more and receive a READ Center "Family, Friends & Food" Cookbook!!

Contribute today:

Photos from The READ Center's post 12/13/2023

Last week, READ Center volunteers, board members, staff and supporters attended our annual Jingle & Mingle to celebrate the holiday season! We are feeling very lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people. Thanks to all who came out!


We’re excited to announce that Giving Tuesday 2023 was a success! Thanks to the generous support of our community, we were able to raise $6,651 for our Student Books & Volunteers Fund!

We are so grateful for each and every contribution, as well as for those who shared our posts and messages to help expand our support network. All of our success is thanks to you💙👏

Photos from The READ Center's post 11/28/2023

isn't over yet!!! We have until midnight to reach $5000 for our Student Books & Resources Fund! Every dollar donated will be matched up to $2,500 so your gift can make 2x the impact🤩

Donate now & help READ students succeed:

Photos from The READ Center's post 11/28/2023

We're halfway through and we've got an exciting announcement!

All donations made between now & midnight TONIGHT will be matched up to $2,500 by a very generous READ donor. This means that your donation can make 2x the impact!!!

Make a contribution of any amount and/or share this with your network to help us expand our support network! All funds raised today will be used directly for our Student Books & Resources Fund to provide our adult learners with the tools they need to be successful!

Go to: to donate now💙

Photos from The READ Center's post 11/28/2023

Happy , READ Friends😆🤩❤️

We’ve set a goal to raise $5,000 for our Student Books & Resources Fund by midnight TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 28⏰

We are proud to offer accessible adult literacy programs that don't come at any financial cost to the student. This is only possible because of the generosity of our supporters! As we continue to serve a growing number of students in 2024, we'll need more workbooks, textbooks, and other instructional resources to support their curriculum.

Your contribution will directly impact the lives of adult learners, providing them with the resources they need to succeed!

How to take part in :
💙Donate Now: Your contribution, no matter the size, goes a long way in transforming lives through literacy. Go to:

📣 Spread the Word: Share our Giving Tuesday campaign via email or social media and encourage others to join the cause! The best fundraisers are those who are already donors😎 Send to 2 friends and help expand our support network!


We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!! Now gear up to join us TOMORROW for to make an impact for READ's adult learners!

How can you participate??
Make a contribution (of any amount!) and/or share our social media posts & emails with your networks to spread the word!


Happy Thanksgiving, READ Family🦃🍂

We hope you & your loved ones have a happy, healthy & delicious Thanksgiving tomorrow. We are so grateful to be surrounded & supported by the most generous, dedicated community❣️

Please note that READ will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 22 - Friday, Nov. 24.


ONE WEEK until Giving Tuesday 2023!!!

Join us on Tuesday, November 28 to raise funds to support READ's ever-growing program.

Your donation will go DIRECTLY to purchasing instructional materials for our dedicated adult learners📚📝📌


Become a volunteer adult literacy tutor with The READ Center and make an impact in our community!!

To learn more, go to: OR come by our info session at the Tuckahoe Library THIS Friday, November 17, between 9:30 and 11:00am.

READ Staff and current tutors will be there to chat with you about their experience & answer any questions you may have. The Tuckahoe Library is located at: 1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229


Join us on Tuesday, November 28 in TWO WEEKS to celebrate by raising funds to support READ's literacy programs!!!


We need more volunteer literacy tutors to meet the needs of incoming READ students!!

Please join us for an informal drop-in info session on Friday, November 17 at the Tuckahoe Library. Come anytime between 9:30 and 11:00am to speak with READ staff and current volunteers about adult literacy tutoring! If you can't attend the info session but want to learn more, go to

Please help us spread the word by sharing this with your networks!

Photos from The READ Center's post 10/30/2023

📣📣The READ Center needs more Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutors📣📣

Join us on Friday, November 17th, between 9:30 and 11:00am for a drop-in info session at the Tuckahoe Library (1901 Starling Dr, Henrico, VA 23229). Interested volunteers are welcome to come by for a cup of coffee and to chat with current READ tutors and staff!

Already volunteering with us? Tell some friends! Our best recruiters are current volunteers😊

Can't make the info session but still interested in tutoring? You can still learn more & sign up to volunteer at:

Photos from The READ Center's post 10/06/2023

We want to take a minute to highlight and thank the businesses, organizations & individuals that donated to the auction for A Moveable Feast!

Thanks to their generosity, the auction raised $8,500 to support READ's adult literacy programs. We are so grateful for their dedication to serving & investing in the greater Richmond community. Thank you, auction donors🤝❤️

Photos from The READ Center's post 09/29/2023

WOW 😮🤩 It's been a week since A Moveable Feast and we are still blown away by the incredible support of this community!! Because of each of you, we raised $32,345 that will go DIRECTLY to funding our adult literacy programs.

It was a wonderful evening spent at the Library of Virginia. We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

A massive thank you to our event sponsors and all of you who bought tickets to the event, participated in the auction and made a generous contribution. We couldn't do what we do without you!


As a current board member and long-time adult literacy advocate, we can't imagine READ without Michael Walsh.

We are so grateful for his sponsorship of A Moveable Feast and ongoing dedication to The READ Center. Thank you, Mike!!


Happy Adult Education & Family Literacy (AEFL) week to all the lovely literacy advocates out there🥳

We are SO excited to commemorate AEFL week with our inaugural event, A Moveable Feast: A Celebration of Literacy! Tickets are still available but limited, so if you want to celebrate with us, get your ticket now!

Buy your ticket today:


Thank you to all the lovely people with Friends of Adult Literacy "FOAL" for sponsoring A Moveable Feast!!

We are so grateful for your dedication to The READ Center and adult literacy❤️


We are ONE week out from A Moveable Feast 🤩🥂 Tickets are limited, so get them ASAP!!

Register today:


The READ Center is blessed by some pretty incredible board members, one of them being Theresa Moore.

Thank you, Theresa, for being a sponsor of A Moveable Feast!


We are feeling the love from River City Loves Kindness, a nonprofit that funds local organizations serving older Virginians in the Greater Richmond area.

Thank you to our friends at River City Loves Kindness for their support of A Moveable Feast and The READ Center❤️


Thank you to David Word Automotive (David Word Automotive) for supporting A Moveable Feast as a Sponsor!!

We are grateful to have such engaged community members helping to ensure that READ can expand our services to those needing them.


As another consistent supporter of READ, we are so grateful to have Columbia Gas of VA joining us again as a Sponsor for A Moveable Feast. Thank you, Columbia Gas of Virginia!!

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