Dear Friends of Literacy,

Welcome to ReadWest! Our mission is to help adults learn to read and write English, complete their high school equivalency, and gain basic computer literacy necessary to secure employment and thrive in America's information economy.

Students at ReadWest come from highly diverse backgrounds and cultures; however, they share a common goal of improving their lives. Some of our students have come to the United States from other countries and need to acquire skills in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing English. Other students have left high school prior to completion and want to earn their general equivalency diploma to qualify for jobs, to enter higher education or training programs, or to realize a dream deferred. Still others seek computer skills like navigating the Internet, communicating via email, and applying for jobs online. We match students with qualified, caring tutors who work one-on-one, in small groups, or through hybrid classes that augment in person instruction with distance learning.

In the spirit of volunteerism, ReadWest welcomes folks who wish to give their time and talent to help adults negotiate American culture, pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), and gain basic reading, writing, computing, and numeracy skills. One need not be a licensed educator to become a volunteer tutor at ReadWest. We offer practical training and constant support in teaching basic literacy and English as a Second Language for all of our volunteer tutors. Moreover, ReadWest maintains a vast professional library of resources that are available for tutors to use with their students. Volunteer tutors meet with their students once or twice weekly at the ReadWest office or in libraries, coffee shops, or other public venues.

ReadWest is a non-profit organization funded in part by grants from the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the United Way of Central New Mexico. Additionally, we enjoy community partnerships with local businesses, places of worship, and individuals who generously donate to advance the cause of literacy. ReadWest continuously researches grants to help us serve Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties.

We have recently moved to our new location at 4131 Barbara Loop SE Ste. 1-D in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Our new home features numerous classrooms and study areas equipped with technology to accommodate adults with various learning styles. Our office is staffed Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 505-892-1131 or 505-944-6428 for more information.

Literacy builds a bridge from darkness to light; please join us in bringing the greatest gift we can offer our fellow students: hope.

Sue Fox, President of ReadWest Board of Directors and Volunteer Tutor