September is National Literacy Awareness Month
The demand for a literate, prepared workforce is increasing in our
city and nationwide as we grow and attract more business, yet the
burden of illiteracy plagues many of our citizens and prevents them
from participating fully in all of the opportunities their city has
According to the National Center for
Education Statistics, one in five adult Houstonians is functionally
illiterate. Every day thousands of adults in Houston and
across the nation seek literacy and basic education services
provided by educational organizations, yet many are turned down due
to lack of funding or space.
How You Can Help
Attend a National Literacy Awareness Month Event
September 9th: Proclamation Ceremony
at City Hall at 1:30 pm
September 16th: LitLab Young
Professionals Meetup group kicks off at the Mucky Duck, 6 to
September 27th: Walking Towards
Literacy event hosted by Making It Better Foundation at Tidwell
Park, 9am to 1pm
Follow us on facebook and twitter and share away!
Awareness can start with your immediate social networks.
Help Houston Center for Literacy sort and distribute books
September 9th through 12th. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
for details and to sign up.
Volunteer at the Walking Towards Literacy event on September
27th, from 8am to 11am or 11am to 2pm. Sign up
Reach out to your local literacy provider to find out about
ongoing volunteer opportunities in your area.
Get your literacy
donation matched by The John P. McGovern Foundation by supporting
Houston Center for Literacy's Literacy Fund at /ways-to-give/donate.
Use our Literacy Awareness
Pay your education forward by promoting the importance of
literacy programs in Houston, across Texas and nationally
with our literacy toolkit. Click the links below to download
Proclamation: Ask your
local mayor's office for a proclamation declaring September as
"National Literacy Awareness Month." Use HCL's proclamation as
a template for your own.
Click here to download HCL's Proclamation
Logo: Help spread the
word about National Literacy Awareness Month by using HCL's logo on
all of your materials during the month of September.
Click here to download the National Literacy Awareness Month
Flyer: Put flyers up around your community to
raise awareness for National Literacy Awareness Month.
Click here to download HCL's flyer.
Bookmark: Give away
bookmarks at your local libraries or book stores.
Click here to download HCL's bookmark.
Facebook: Change the background picture on
your Facebook account to help spread the word. You can also
share HCL's posts on your own
Click here to download HCL's Facebook
If you would like a flyer, bookmark or Facebook picture
customized for your organization, please email Megan Schneider at
Use the hashtag #txliteracy all month long when tweeting or posting about
literacy. You can also retweet HCL's
Show off what literacy in action
looks like! Tag pictures on Facebook and Twitter
with the hashtag
#literacyinaction. Houston Center for Literacy
will pick a winning picture every week in September. Winners will
receive a prize!
Proliteracy has a toolkit full of resources and
ideas to plan for International Literacy Day (September 8) and
National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week (September 22 to
28). Check out the full toolkit
Gulf Coast Reads picks a book to read across
the region every year in October. Join with your local library in
this year's pick. Find out more at http://www.gulfcoastreads.org/.
Do you know of another great resource? Let us know and we'll add
it here. Please email Megan Schneider at email@example.com.