For thousands of adults in the Kansas City area, decoding the words on this page is a source of frustration and embarrassment. More than 200,000 area residents struggle with literacy, making daily tasks — such as filling out job applications and reading newspapers — daunting assignments. Literacy Kansas City, a local nonprofit group that matches volunteer mentors with willing students, has helped more than 4,000 adults enhance their reading skills. With new programs based at Westport High School and Penn Valley Community College, the organization is looking for new tutors (no teaching experience required). Find out more at a volunteer orientation from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at Literacy Kansas City's office (211 West Armour Boulevard). Call 816-333-9332.
Sat., July 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2009