If you could do just one thing,
75% of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy, and 90% of high school dropouts are on welfare.*
Lower prison recidivism rates
Individuals at the lowest literacy and numeracy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than the national average. Low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.*
Lower healthcare costs
Total percentage of American adults who can’t understand the labels on their prescriptions 46%
When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they can escape poverty, manage health care costs, find and keep living-wage employment, and improve their lives in many more ways.*
What could you do?
Make a donation
Mail your donation to ECA Literacy Council, PO Box 1336, Rolla, MO 65402
Serve as a board member
Volunteer as a tutor
No special academic degrees are required to be a tutor. East Central Area Literacy Council volunteer tutors must:
- Complete New Tutor Training at East Central Area Literacy Council (approximately 3 hours – training is free and is scheduled regularly).
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be willing to undergo a criminal background check through Missouri Automated Criminal History System Name Search at https://www.machs.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MACHSFP/home.html and National Sex Offender check at http://www.nsopw.gov/en-US. Send an email with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy changes lives!