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Literacy Outreach

Listing Last Update: March 28, 2018


1127 School Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Primary Contact

Martha Fredendall

(970) 945-5282

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills
  • To become a U.S. citizen

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • Instruction in Spanish

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Program Overview

Literacy Outreach is a local, non-profit agency combating illiteracy in Garfield County, Colorado. Since 1986, our goal is to give all adults in Garfield County the opportunity to achieve basic reading, writing, math and oral communication skills.

Professionally trained volunteer tutors teach basic literacy skills or English speaking skills to adult students and their family members who are at the lowest levels of literacy or English –
speaking proficiencies.

Our office is conveniently located near the Glenwood Springs Elementary School on the bike path in Glenwood Springs. Our blue building is tucked directly behind the Forest Service building at 1127 School Street. Please call 970-945-5282 if you are having difficulty finding us.

Mission Statement

Literacy Outreach's mission is to teach essential literacy skills.

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost info: Students receiving one-on-one tutoring pay a $25 registration fee every six months.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Literacy Outreach serves students such as Celia, a stay-at-home mom from Mexico. With a child in need of medical care, she and her husband immigrated to the United States to seek a better life for their family. Her commitment to learning English has been astounding. Celia studied two hours per week with her tutor and completed two hours of homework each week. Her goal was simple. She needed to communicate with her son's doctors and her other children's teachers. Her English skills have improved immensely. She and her husband have earned their citizenship. Celia has learned to drive and read maps. Currently, she is working on her GED at Colorado Mountain College.

Mary, a seventh-grade dropout has gone from a part-time, temporary job to a full-time job with benefits. Recently divorced, she now earns enough to have her own apartment. At the age of 40, Mary read her first novel, Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

"Now I can talk to my boss." Sandra, English language learner

Program’s Demographics/Metrics

Professionally trained volunteer tutors teach basic literacy skills or English speaking skills to adult students and their family members who are at the lowest levels of literacy or English –speaking proficiencies. Our priorities are to work with a population that is hard to reach and hard to teach. Because

of our cost-effective system, we can provide student-centered tutoring to adults on a one-to-one or small group basis. Our methodology instills confidence in adults ho previously believed they were failures. Literacy skills enable students to be better parents, workers and citizens. Individual gains become gains for families, employers and society.

During 2017, Literacy Outreach served seven basic literacy students and eighty-one English language learners in our one-on-one or small group program. Sixty volunteer tutors donated 2,362.25 hours of instructional time to our adult students.

Another ninety-eight volunteers, helped us in a variety of ways. Volunteers serve on our board of directors, bake cookies, help at our fundraising events, and help maintain our facility. These volunteers donated 1,212 hours in 2017.

We served an additional fifty-seven unduplicated learners in our new program, Hands-On English. The changing political climate has increased the need for citizenship preparation. In 2016, we began offering regular classes in "Preparing for the Test." During 2017, we have had nine learners pass the test.

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