Read for Change


Literacy is the ability to read and write. It is as essential to your daily life as food and water. Can you imagine not being able to read? Or not knowing how to sign your name legibly? Or never reading a book to your child? That is the reality for 32,000,000 people in the United States. In Massachusetts alone, 32% of adults are at the lowest literacy skill level.

First Literacy aims to fix this problem and, in the process, open a new world for the adult learners in our midst. Our mission is to ensure that adults with low-literacy or limited English proficiency have high-quality educational opportunities that enable them to thrive as individuals and as family members, in their workplaces, and in their communities.

But we cannot do it without your support. Please help First Literacy by doing something you do every day, often without even thinking about it — reading.

Read for Change is First Literacy’s annual peer-to-peer friend and fundraising event. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support adult literacy by September 2018, which is National Literacy Month. Any donation — big or small — helps bring awareness to the issue of low literacy among adults in our community. 100% of your donation supports First Literacy’s programming.

This summer keep track of the books that you read in bed, on the beach, or on the train, the briefs you skim at work, the signs you read while you’re driving, and the newspapers and web pages you read daily. Invite your friends to support your reading with a donation of any amount. Show us and show the world how important literacy is in your everyday life.

To create a team or to make a donation, please click here.

Please contact Jamie Ayer at or 617-482-3336 ext. 14 with any questions.