The Capital Area Literacy Coalition (CALC) helps children and adults learn to read, write, and speak English, helping individuals become self-sufficient. We achieve this through direct services and by enhancing literacy efforts of community organizations in the Capital Area and throughout Michigan.
Also known as The Reading People, CALC provides a variety of free services. These include one-to-one instruction in reading and writing for at-risk teens, children struggling in school, and adults, along with GED preparation and testing. We also provide English as a Second Language tutoring and classroom instruction. Individualized literacy diagnostic testing enables effective matching of volunteers and students. Community volunteers complete a professional training program and generously donate their time.
The ability to read is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society. With literacy in Michigan currently ranked 32nd in the United States, the need is urgent. Please help us achieve our mission by volunteering or donating today! Thank you.
Volunteer tutors help students make positive changes in their lives. As tutors work with students to improve English literacy, students are moving toward achieving life goals.
Volunteers interested in tutoring English as a Second Language complete a two-part workshop. No experience necessary, free materials and support are provided. GED volunteer tutor training availability is ongoing.
Our tutor, Dave Batten, talks about his ESL student "Bob."