Imagine not being able to complete a job application, decipher
a medicine label or read a story to your children. As hard as that
may be to envision, the sad truth is that about 44 million adults
in the United States (almost ¼ of the adult population) possess
literacy skills defined as "Level 1," meaning that the
above-mentioned tasks are beyond their abilities. More than 60%
of those individuals did not finish high school.
Another 45-50 million people (25-28% of the adult population) described
as "Level 2" can perform tasks such as comparing, contrasting
or integrating basic information, but lack higher-level reading
and problem-solving skills.
Thus, ½ of the adult population in the United States can
be described as “literacy challenged.” The negative
impact to us as a nation is undeniable. There is a direct link between
low literacy skills and poverty, high-risk births and increased
healthcare costs, drug addiction and crime. While the number of
adults seeking literacy assistance grows annually, government funding
for such programs remains very low.
There are numerous ways to become involved with helping the fight
against illiteracy. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference.
There are organizations through which individuals and corporations
can become involved with literacy, whether its one-on-one tutoring,
teaching, or other volunteer opportunities. Visit "Involvement"
for more information.
Another important way to becoming involved in the struggle for
literacy is through donations to the Wish You Well Foundation®. Combining
the gifts from individuals and corporations with the Wish You Well
Foundation can make a significant impact. For more information about
donations, visit "Corporate Giving and