About PARKDALE PROJECT READ
Parkdale Project Read is a non-profit, community-based literacy program that operates an adult learning centre in the Parkdale community.
At Project Read, we support adults to realize their learning goals by providing free literacy services in a supportive community. We work with English-speaking adults who want to learn to read, write, or use basic math or computer skills.
We are dedicated to creating a comfortable and accessible learning environment where students can bring their whole self (body, mind, emotions, spirit) to learning.
Project Read believes in a learner-based approach – it is the student who decides how and what they learn. Our trained, volunteer tutors work with individual or groups of learners to help them find the best way to learn.
How to support our work
Parkdale Project Read invites you to make a difference in the lives of adult literacy learners!
Our small staff team and dedicated volunteers run a busy learning centre at the corner of King and Dufferin. Our mandate is to support adults to learn how to read, write, and develop basic math and computer skills. We support over 150 youth, adults and their families each year to meet their learning goals, such as entering college and university, accessing employment and training programs, and establishing their independence.
We are currently seeking donations to support our programs and services, including:
- Our award-winning Academic Upgrading Program for youth bridging to post-secondary studies;
- Our Educational groups for adults learning how to read and write in a supportive community;
- Our successful Driver’s Education Program specially designed for adult literacy learners;
- Our Expressive Arts and Creative Writing groups, our interactive Digital Media Literacy Program, our lively Book Club discussions, and much more!
Here are some ways you can help:
- $50 will help one learner access our educational groups and tutoring program for a month
- $100 will support a healthy breakfast and snack program for one week for learners attending our morning, afternoon and evening groups.
- $400 will provide learners with childminding support for one month, while they improve their basic literacy skills.
- $1000 will fund 12 hours of training for 15 volunteer tutors, who then provide at least one year of weekly one-on-one support to learners.
- $1500 will fund an entire summer program of intergenerational learning activities including educational field trips, community gardening workshops, and community meals that bring learners, their families, and PPR volunteers.
It’s easy to donate:
- Mail a cheque or money order to: Parkdale Project Read, 1209 King Street West, Unit #2 Toronto, Ontario M6K 1G2
- Make a secure online donation via Canada Helps.
- If your organization, school, or business wants to raise funds for a charitable organization, please consider Parkdale Project Read. Contact us at 416-531-6308 to learn how you can get involved!
- Does your workplace participate in the annual United Way Campaign? Did you know that you can select our organization as your charity of choice through the United Way Donor Choice Program. To designate United Way Contributions (or a percentage of contributions) to our organization, please indicate the following on your donation form: Organization: Parkdale Project Read, Charitable Registration #: 11908 0299 RR0001
We welcome all donation amounts and can provide tax receipts for those over $20. Charitable Registration #: 11908 0299 RR0001
What People Are Saying
"I’m more part of my community now. If there wasn’t Parkdale (Project Read) in the community I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing now. There is more literacy but this is the place where I really get my knowledge expand wider. I’m more proud of my community...We are at home in Parkdale. "
— Ida, Learner
"Before I learn how to read, for some reason or another I feel like I don’t belong to this society - that makes me very depressed. Now at least maybe I can’t read good but I can read some. I find I’m slightly moving into the rest of society. Not like before."
— George, Learner
"Since being part of PPR, I’ve had the opportunity to see the meshing of literacy and community organizing… My volunteer experience at PPR also gives me the comfort to know that no matter how small the contribution may seem from each one of us, altogether we can and do make a difference. "
— Annie, volunteer tutor
"Sometimes I view my life as the combination of a lot of puzzle pieces - and when asked about PPR…I feel that one of the ways to explain is that [PPR and my learner J] have become a valued puzzle piece in my life. J is an inspiration. "
— – Susan, volunteer tutor