FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Literacy Program to Move
The 29-year-old charity is seeking a new home.
October 2, 2018, Rio Rancho, New Mexico – ReadWest,
Inc., one of New Mexico’s largest and
oldest adult literacy programs announced today that it has been given 60 days
to vacate its current location in Rio Rancho Jewish Center on Grande Ave. ReadWest has been generously housed there
since 1996 at a very modest monthly rent. The current location, which is about 1600 square feet, houses two full-time and one part-time staff, has a training
conference room, a library of nearly 4,000 instructional books and materials
for volunteer tutors, and six small classrooms where tutors and students can
meet safely without distractions. Providing space for the student/tutor pairs
to meet each week plays a large part in ReadWest’s success. The experienced
staff is on site to help tutors find materials in the resource library. Meeting
at a regular time and location helps the student focus on his/her learning. Now
the adult literacy agency will be forced to find new accommodations that will
likely double in cost at the least.
“I have always been inspired by the many students who have
come through our doors and overcome numerous challenges to move forward in
life, “ said executive director Muncie Hansen.
“Seeing their successes gives me faith that we too will rise to the
current challenge and come out even stronger. “
As a volunteer-driven, community-focused nonprofit, ReadWest
has taken to its network and issued a “call to action” asking for donations to
assist with the upcoming move and increased operating and rental costs.
Donations via credit or debit card can be made online at www.readwest.org/donate-new-home.
Checks can be mailed to ReadWest, PO Box 44508, Rio Rancho, NM 87174.
Serving Bernalillo and
Sandoval counties since 1989, ReadWest,
Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ReadWest provides one-to-one
tutoring for adult literacy, computer
literacy, and English Language Learning. ReadWest has over 333 adult learners
enrolled. More than 200 trained volunteers provide
free literacy help once a week for two hours. Last fiscal year, ReadWest
Volunteers logged 12,719 hours of literacy tutoring. According to the Independent Sector’s estimate of a volunteer tutor’s wage of $24.14 per hour, ReadWest tutors
donated $307,037 worth of free literacy instruction to our community.