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Changing lives by strengthening literacy statewide.

Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit coalition of over 70 community-based literacy programs located throughout the state. Our member programs provide much needed services to adults and families through dedicated staff and well-trained volunteer tutors. In Wisconsin, nearly a million residents qualify for our members' services. If you want to improve your reading skills or if you would like to become a volunteer tutor, visit our Find a Literacy Program page to locate the program closest to you.

We have supported non-profit literacy programs with capacity-building services, funding, advocacy, and professional development services since 1985!  Watch our video to learn more about us.


Literacy News

It all started with healthcare. Janet Glime, President of Marinette and Oconto Counties Literacy Council, worked as a nurse previously and noticed people coming into the hospital not being able to read well.

When she checked the low literacy rates, she found that the highest need came from the outlying areas. With this in mind, the literacy council came to serve both Marinette and Oconto counties in Northeastern Wisconsin. The program uses one-to-one tutoring so that the learner and tutor can focus on the learner’s specific goals.

In the Literacy Now newsletter, read Michele Erikson's story of the life-changing impact of literacy, learn how you helped adults find trustworthy health information online, and find out about your support expands community collaboration.

Ruth Riesch met a farmer in the Emergency Room in the hospital where she worked who couldn't read to fill out his hospital form. That interaction stuck with her for years.

When she retired, she decided to do something to help literacy in her community and became a tutor at Marinette and Oconto Counties.

She has helped learners start their own business, learn the names for tools to improve their work skills, and practice speaking with her child's school.