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Our Mission

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.

Learn more about this program, workshop dates, and register now!

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.


Click here for workshop dates, times, and registration.

Friends and family members are the leading source of referrals to literacy programs.

Learn more about these FREE services.

Training for community volunteers and MSU students takes place on MSU campus.

Learn more here.




We have tentative dates for Tutor Training for 2020-2021.


Learn more.



Learn about the success stories of recent GED grads and their tutors.

Learn more.



Our tutor, Dave Batten, talks about his ESL student "Bob."

Read the story here.



We are in need of caps and gowns for our GED graduates.

Contact us to donate.

Request a Tutor

Download and complete our Student Intake Form, and return the form to our office.

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