It's never to late to learn how to read and the Clay County Literacy Coalition (CCLC) wants to remind people they are here to help.
"We offer free tutoring services to adults 16-years-old and up," Coordinator Marty Bell said. "Our tutors are all volunteers and we furnish the materials."
The one-on-one tutoring services are free, confidential and the program relies on volunteer tutors.
The mission of the Clay County Literacy Coalition is to provide assistance to undergraduate adults to teach reading or improve reading skills to enable them to find employment and new goals in like.
"This organization is so important to the community," President of the Clay County Literacy Coalition Board and Branch Manager at Terre Haute Savings Bank Tyler Fischer said. "Education is the most powerful tool we can give to people, so they can accomplish their goals."
Fischer believes one of the key components to breaking the poverty cycle and helping children succeed is through education, by giving adults the confidence to do the daily activities easier.
"Adults will be able to help with homework," he said. "People will be able do a check registry and feel more confident with the dealings of the day to day financial worries."
With the problems of the economy, Bell is encouraging people to come in to improve their reading level.
"With people losing jobs, it is important to know how to fill out job applications," she said. "People need to be able to read prescriptions to be sure they take the correct amount of medication."
"This is an important time to take advantage of this program," Fischer added. "We are free and confidential."
Students and tutors have to do is furnish their own transportation, and meeting times are set by both individuals.
CCLC also works with inmates at the Clay County Justice Center and English as the second language (ESL) students.
"We work hand in hand with the community and rely on people to keep the work out as well as refer people to us," Fischer said.
Both individuals believe in the future of Clay County, and they intend to keep working until they have reached fulfilled their mission.
"As long as the people in the community need us we will be here," Bell said.
The CCLC is funded through the United Way of the Wabash Valley, however they also sell Christmas cards and Kroger gift cards for extra profit. CCLC is 501(c)(3), not for profit organization, which people can donate to.
For more information about CCLC, call 448-1981 and ask for Marty.
The Clay County Literacy Coalition is declaring Thursday, August 27 as Clay County Literacy Day, to celebrate the importance of literacy in the community. To make a donation to CCLC, local banks, Terre Haute Savings Bank, Riddell National Bank, First Financial Bank and Fifth Third Bank, all in Brazil will be accepting contributions.