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 in Houston
September 10th: Proclamation Ceremony at City Hall at 1:30
September 14th: Check out HCL's booth at the Whole Planet
Foundation event at Whole Foods on Wilcrest
September 15th: Join HCL and Literacy Advance of Houston as we
cheer on the Astros for Literacy Day at the Ballpark
Volunteer at a literacy organization
With so many literacy organizations throughout Greater Houston,
it's easier than you think to find a location convenient to your
work and home.
Click to learn more about HCL volunteer
On September 10th, Mayor Annise
Parker, together with Council Member Jack Christie, proclaimed
September as Literacy Awareness Month in Houston. We would like to
extend our thanks to all of the providers, board members and public
officials who came out in support of the proclamation.
Click here to
download a PDF of the Mayor's proclamation.
On September 8th, Governor Rick Perry
declared Literacy Day in Texas. A huge thanks to our friends at
Literacy Texas for helping to make this happen.
Click here to
download the Governor's proclamation.
Literacy Awareness Toolkit
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
each item at no cost.