Indy Reads is a not-for-profit organization that believes everyone should have an opportunity to learn to read. The Indy Reads mission is to promote and improve the literacy of adults and families in Central Indiana.
Our goal is to “Make Indianapolis 100% Literate.” Indy Reads is the only organization in Indianapolis which uses volunteers to provide basic literacy tutoring to illiterate and semi-literate adults. Programming includes one-on-one tutoring, small group sessions, English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, and “Literacy Labs” at neighborhood centers.
Other notable facts:
- Indy Reads serves adults 18 years of age and older in Central Indiana who read at or below the sixth grade level, or who are learning English as a new language.
- Indy Reads was founded in 1984 as the Greater Indianapolis Literacy League (GILL) by several librarians and a group of community activists. The name was changed in 1998 to Indy Reads. It is now an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- Financial support is through individual donors, corporate contributions, public funds, grants, and Indy Reads Books.
- Indy Reads is a partner of ProLiteracy Worldwide, the oldest and largest non-governmental literacy organization in the world. It achieves its mission, championing the life-changing benefits of literacy for adults and their families, by sponsoring educational programs that help adults and their families acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives.
- Indy Reads has been evaluated and meets all 20 BBB Standards for Charitable Accountability.
- Indy Reads participates in GuideStar, the on-line standard for non-profit accountability.