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Giving Tuesday – Giving Literacy

We matter; we are visible.

Giving Tuesday is the world’s largest generosity movement.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a stranger, or giving to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give. At Literacy Unlimited, we give literacy.

Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. Literacy involves a continuum of learning in enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.


Nearly half of adult Canadians, including those in the West Island, do not have sufficient literacy to participate fully in our community. Low literacy skills negatively impact all aspects of people’s lives: family life, work, and in the community. 

Low literacy also has a devastating result: shame. This shame makes people who need help with literacy feel alone and invisible. People with low literacy also develop clever ways of hiding their low literacy, making it harder to identify who needs help and keeping them invisible. 

Literacy is more than just reading and writing. Literacy impacts every aspect of our lives. Living in a knowledge-based society, we need literacy.

Literacy Unlimited is here for people in our community raising literacy awareness and helping people with low literacy. We offer free one-on-one English literacy tutoring, community workshops, small-scale accessible libraries, and more. We provide our learners with the literacy skills they need to fully contribute and be visible in their personal and professional lives.  

Working with a Literacy Unlimited tutor has a transformative effect on adults like Colette, a learner who used to feel shame about her inability to read, who said, “Now I have a soul, a face.”  

Our theme for this year is “visibility.” We will continue striving to make our learners, volunteers, and organization more visible in the community.  We will give our learners the literacy skills they need to fully contribute and be visible in their personal and professional lives. 

Read more about Unesco global literacy initiatives.

Help Support Adult Literacy Education in the West Island

Give Time

We are always in need of new tutors (full training provided). The next training session will be after the holidays. Volunteer today.

Give Money

Your contribution of just $5 can help us continue to offer our free custom one-on-one tutoring for adult learners who want to improve their reading, writing, and essential skills. Your gift of $5 provides online training for tutors and free services to adults in our community. Together, we are helping people in our community stay connected and have the literacy resources they need now. Donate today.

Give Voice

Help us raise awareness about literacy by sharing articles and news about literacy in our community and in the world. Follow us on FACEBOOKINSTAGRAM and LINKEDIN (and encourage your friends to follow us). You can also take the short Literacy and Clear Language 101 course from Literacy Quebec to learn more about literacy in Quebec and how to recognize (and help) someone who might have low literacy. The course also offers suggestions on how to make your services, publications, and communications more accessible to all. The course takes about an hour to complete.

Give Thanks

“Literacy Unlimited is stronger and more aligned than ever, and we are so grateful that our donors and supporters remained at our side, even exceeding our expectations. Your efforts are visible too, as they make a difference in people’s lives.” 

Lucy Baum, Executive Director, Literacy Unlimited
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