As much as our tutors accomplish, many more people in the area wish for a better life by improving their language skills. Literacy DuPage’s waiting list includes 300 more people who hope to be matched with a tutor. Overall, more than 100,000 people in DuPage County need help improving their English-language skills.
Javier came to the U.S. from Mexico with his wife and infant son to work hard for a better life. As his children became school age, Javier began struggling to communicate with their teachers and healthcare providers because of his lack of English-language skills.
“I needed confidence,” admitted soft-spoken Abdullah. “I needed to practice with someone who could correct my mistakes. I knew learning as much English as possible would make my assimilation into the United States easier.”
We’ve all begun something new. Perhaps it was a starting a new job or relocating to a new town, where we’ve left behind familiar routines and treasured friends. Perhaps we felt uneasy and unsure of ourselves as we worked to get established among unfamiliar faces and places.
We are all linked to each other, with similar hopes and dreams for ourselves and our families—no matter where we live in the world. That was one of the many things I learned working on the website and social media for nine years at Rotary International, an organization with 1.2 million members worldwide, many of…