Remarkably, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 adults in DuPage County with insufficient English language abilities. That is roughly 1 in 9 residents.
Founded in 1972, Literacy DuPage is a non-profit organization, whose mission is to provide free, one-to-one, customized English language tutoring to DuPage County adults, who have reached out for help in improving their speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing skills. Many of the learners are immigrants. Literacy DuPage recruits and trains volunteer tutors to assist adult learners in increasing their fluency and to communicate successfully, leading to safer, more productive lives.
Both learners and tutors must be at least 21 years old, reside in DuPage County, and be fully vaccinated. Primarily through virtual means during COVID-19 restrictions, Literacy DuPage tutor-learner pairs have been able to continue their language lessons together. Additionally, intermediate-level learners participate in remote English conversation groups with 10 libraries throughout the county.
Students learn to converse so that they can do what most of us take for granted, such as make doctor appointments, complete job applications, grocery shop, or speak with their children’s teachers.
Literacy DuPage is grateful to Perma-Seal for its continued financial support of language skill training, which significantly improves lives and strengthens families and our local communities. Perma-Seal’s involvement impacts the solution that is a bridge between limited opportunities and thriving in the United States.
Foundation and state grants, corporate giving, and donations from individuals fund Literacy DuPage’s vital work. Please help LDP continue to educate and break down language barriers by making a gift at www.literacydupage.org