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When you support Blue Ridge Literacy Council you provide hope and dignity to someone's life!

The approximate cost of educating one adult learner is $1,000 per year or $84 per month, which includes recruiting and training tutors, educational supplies, and curriculum materials. No matter what you are able to give, you will make a difference. Consulting firm A.T. Kearney estimates, "for every dollar spent by volunteer literacy organizations to tutor adults, $33 in economic benefit is returned to the overall economy."

Your donation of $25 will have a local impact of $825!

Often people come to us ashamed and fearful, yet they are met with kindness and patience as they work hard to better themselves and their families. Blanca Diaz, a single mom, shares, "Now, I'm not afraid to communicate with my co-workers and customers at my job. I can also communicate more easily with doctors and teachers. My daughters are happy that I can now help them with their homework."

Research shows that one of the key indicators of a child's success in school is the educational level of their mom. Census data further shows that the average salary of a female increases by $9,000 with a high school diploma or GED.

25% of Henderson County residents test at or below a 5th grade level. National data tells us that 45% of those that are low-literate or illiterate are impoverished, and two-thirds of those who read at a 4th grade level or lower will end up in jail. Additionally, the unemployment rate for those with low-literacy is twice the national average, and wages are often half what their literate peers earn. Literacy is a primary indicator of socio-economic well-being, and of the strength of a community.