About Us

Our Mission
Helping adults to read helps their families. Project Read helps low literacy and low wealth adults and their families reach their literacy and financial goals.

  • It makes me feel good working with my tutor. I have the power to improve myself, and I will." - Anonymous Learner
  • "If you study, you will learn. This is my motto." - Halima Laraj, Adult Learner
  • "All of a sudden I realized that I had understood the email from a friend with a quick first-time read. It occurred to me how much I had improved." - Anonymous Learner
Who We Are
We are adult learners, volunteer tutors, and program staff dedicated to lifelong learning. We assist individuals who live in Colma, Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. With the help of a volunteer tutor, learners become more independent at home, at work, and in their communities. They experience the joy of:
  • Getting jobs to support their families
  • Reading their first book
  • Writing their own checks
  • Making informed decisions about their healthcare
  • Reading their prescriptions and instructions
  • Voting for the first time
  • Reading books to their children and grandchildren
  • Obtaining their driver’s licenses
  • Passing the GED
  • Getting accepted into college
And that's only the beginning!
Project Read
What We Do
Currently, in our local communities, one out of every five adults has trouble with reading, writing, spelling and/or math. What are we doing to help?

Since 1985, we have helped 4,200 people accomplish at least one literacy goal. We have trained over 2,900 volunteer tutors who have donated 125,000 hours of tutoring for an equivalent of $2,148,750 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 03-04).

Families for Literacy
In the 19 years that the Families for Literacy program has been a part of Project Read, we have served 950 families. Families have listened to stories, participated in finger play and songs, and done craft projects to reinforce the theme of the story time. We distributed an equal number of books to program participants to encourage reading at home.

Learning Wheels
In the 10 years that Learning Wheels has been on the road, we have seen 37,500 children, parents, and caregivers. They have listened to stories, learned about nutrition, play with interactive toys and puzzles, and used our state-of-the art computers. We have provided families with over 50,000 books.

We match English-speaking adults over the age of 17, who are out of high school with volunteer tutors to improve their reading, writing, spelling, and math skills. People have accomplished a wide variety of tasks from writing a shopping list to reading a prescription bottle to passing the high school equivalency test (GED). Tutoring pairs usually meet twice a week for one to two hours each session, in libraries, coffee shops, recreation centers, bookstores, churches and other convenient public locations.

Office Hours
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Only open for scheduled workshops