The Times West Virginian

December 6, 2012

Literacy Volunteers: Seek needed help

Available to assist people of all ages

By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — One in five adults in the United States can only read at a fourth-grade level, if that.

That’s 20 percent of the country who are considered illiterate.

Regardless of why, not being able to read well can have a profound impact on a person’s ability to find a job and get by in day-to-day life. It can be an embarrassing problem many want to keep secret as long as possible.

The Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, a United Way of Marion County member agency, says that there’s no reason to be embarrassed or afraid to seek help.

Located in the basement of the Marion County Adult & Community Education Center in Fairmont, they help people of all ages learn to read, improve their math skills and even prepare for the GED.

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