Foundation helps the community by supporting adult literacy
■ Hemet Library Foundation / Contributed
The Hemet Library Foundation is a non-profit fundraising organization that assists the Hemet Library with financial support in the fight against illiteracy. Proceeds of the Foundation’s 7th Annual Golf Classic, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29, go toward the Public Library’s Adult Literacy and Childhood Reading Programs.
The harmful effects of illiteracy continue to plague our country. According to ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, a safer, stronger, and more sustainable society starts with an educated adult population.
Forty-three percent of adults with low literacy levels live in poverty. And seventy percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels. Reading and writing are important steps in climbing the ladder of economic self-sufficiency.
People who lack literacy skills are more likely to be less productive. This affects the quality of their lives and the economy of our nation. Seventy-five percent of state prison inmates are classified as low literate. The range of job choices for people who cannot read is extremely limited. Non-productivity costs the economy at least 225 billion dollars per year.
According to the Hemet Library Foundation, having an Adult Literacy Program at the Hemet Public Library is very beneficial. The free program has changed lives and improved the community.
For information about the Golf Classic and Barbeque Lunch and the Foundation’s work, see the website at www.thehemetlibraryfoundation.org or call Rob or Peg at 951-668-4342.
To learn about the Adult Literacy Program, and for information about working as a volunteer, contact the Program Coordinator, Lea Ashworth, at 951-765-3856.