United Way Supports Wicomico Public Libraries’ Project READ+

United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore recently presented Wicomico Public Libraries a $35,000 check for a new adult literacy program, Project READ+.  The program, initiated by the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, will provide free tutoring to adults in the five areas of literacy; basic literacy (reading), financial literacy, health literacy, family literacy and technology literacy. Project READ+ will establish a corps of volunteers to educate local adults, and will be overseen by a Program Coordinator.

 Goals of the program are to increase adult literacy in Wicomico County, increase the available job force by improving literacy rates of currently non-employable adults and empower individuals to improve their lives through literacy. The program will provide tutoring services, as well as connect adults to the community partners who can provide instruction and support.  Through lessons and workshops, Project READ+ will instruct adults in the areas of financial literacy and health literacy, as well as encourage participation in family literacy practices, thereby working to break the cycle of generational illiteracy.

 Andrea Berstler, Executive Director of Wicomico Public Libraries shared, “We are looking forward to the impact we will make in the community with Project READ+.  We are thankful for the support and partnership of United Way and our community as we work together to improve the lives of adults and families in our community.”


About United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore:

Now in its 72nd year, United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore continues to be the largest non-governmental source of funding for 74 critical programs in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Dorchester Counties. United Way helps Eastern Shore residents obtain Educational Success by reducing the achievement gap between low and middle income students, Financial Stability by advancing the economic security of families and individuals in our community, and Good Health by improving access to and awareness of local health and wellness services. In 2016, United Way provided nearly $1.4 million to community programs and helped to change the lives of over 77,000 individuals. For more information, visit www.unitedway4us.org.

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