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Peninsula READS is a community-based adult literacy program that provides one-on-one instruction in the areas of reading, writing, and math, as well as small group instruction in English for speakers of other languages.  Instruction in computer literacy is also offered.  These tutoring services are provided by trained volunteers who are dedicated to helping adult learners reach their literacy goals.  Services are available to residents of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and York County, and both our offices are conveniently located on bus lines in Newport News and Hampton for easy access by the community.

Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Peninsula READS is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for the provision and supervision of the Executive Director, who manages the staff and daily operations of the organization.


Since 1968, Peninsula READS has been teaching adults literacy for success, serving about 250 adults per year.  The organization has historically guided the development of numerous other literacy organizations and continues this mentoring to the present time. Since 1971, Peninsula READS has been a proud member agency of the United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. On two occasions, the Virginia Literacy Foundation recognized Peninsula READS as an “Outstanding Private Literacy Group” in Virginia.


To provide literacy skills necessary for adults to function more effectively in their lives and communities.

In today’s society, information is constantly and quickly moving across various forms of media.  Therefore, in order to be successful, whether at home, at work, or in the community at large, adults must have the literacy skills and tools needed to access this information.  Without the necessary skills, adults are often unable to find work, educate their children, read prescription labels, or even go to the grocery store or physician by themselves. Peninsula READS, together with a team of dedicated volunteers, strives to provide the resources necessary to equip adult students with the knowledge and skills critical to successful performance in a literate society.

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