Read for L.I.F.E. is a program of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library designed to improve literacy in Hancock County. The program uses volunteers trained to act as tutors on a one-on-one basis with adult non-readers. Read for L.I.F.E. provides free reading and math instruction to adults with low literacy skills, English as a Second Language or who are working toward the Ohio High School Equivalence (HSE) or General Education Diploma (GED). All of the tutoring services and materials are free. Scroll down to the bottom to view/print a PDF of the student application and/or the tutor application.
READ FOR L.I.F.E. (Literacy Is For Everyone) FACTS:
· RFL is an adult literacy program established in 1987 by the Findlay Service League to provide reading instruction for adults who are unable to read for have limited reading ability.
· RFL recruits and trains volunteers to serve as one-on-one tutors for adults who want to learn to read.
· RFL promotes literacy within the Findlay-Hancock County Community and seeks out adults who want to learn to read.
· RFL is a member of the Ohio Literacy Network, ProLiteracy America, and the Literacy Coalition of Hancock County.
· The estimate of those lacking basic literacy for the state of Ohio is 9% of the population; In Hancock County 8% or 4,000-4,500 individuals.
· Each student is given books and materials to work in the area matched to his/her own needs and abilities. Tutors can help students with reading, math, writing, social studies, English as a second language, GED, and citizenship.
· It is estimated that adult students' reading scores improve approximately one grade level with 35 to 45 hours of tutoring.
Referrals: The RFL referral process - three easy steps. 1. Students are referred to by friends, the library, Owens Community College and other community organizations. 2. Students meet with Administrator to determine appropriate learning materials. 3. Students and tutor meet and begin lessons.
Other Read for L.I.F.E. Programs: Read for L.I.F.E. will also provide tutors to those incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail. Read for L.I.F.E. collaborates with many Hancock County Organizations such as: Bridges Out of poverty, Summer Smart Lunch Series, University of Findlay Service Learning, Raise the Bar, City Mission, Hope House, and Help Me Grow.
Volunteering-Volunteers are needed. Read for L.I.F.E. is looking for individuals who are able to volunteer two hours per week and make a one year commitment to the program. Before tutors are matched with a student, they must complete a one time tutor training class given at the library. For information on the next training session, contact Kristy Szkudlarek at 419-422-1712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donors: Tax deductible financial contributions can be made to: the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library Read for L.I.F.E. Fund at: c/o The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation. 101 W. Sandusky Street, Suite 207. Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Student Application (PDF)
Tutor Application (PDF)
Read for LIFE Brochure (PDF)