In the News

Thank you for your participation in our November 9th Portillo’s fundraiser!  The results are in.

We generated $2,152 in sales and a $431 donation from Portillo’s!

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  • We welcome new members to the Board of Directors: Nirel Inman, Britt Garton Pisto, and Michele Smith!  Literacy DuPage appreciates their knowledge, enthusiasm, and participation.
  • On May 11, Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White announced the 2022 Spotlight on Literacy Awards winners. Literacy DuPage student Roy Blake received the “Spotlight Award for Achievement”, and tutor Liz Stefanski was granted the “Spotlight Award for Service”. Congratulations to both of these committed, hand-working program participants!
  • We’ve moved!  Literacy DuPage is excited to announce its recent move from Glen Ellyn to Wheaton!  This larger space allows us to serve additional DuPage County adults, who seek assistance in learning and improving their English language skills. It’s a momentous year for us, celebrating 50 years in business and a new home!  Our new address and phone number are listed at the top and footer of this page.
  • BIG News!  Literacy DuPage is proud and delighted to announce the celebration of 50 years in business! For five decades, Literacy DuPage has provided free, customized, one-to-one instruction to DuPage County adults interested in learning English and improving their language skills. This is thanks to our devoted tutors, students, staff, board members, other volunteers, donors, and funders over the years, all of whom had meaningful parts to play in creating and sustaining our successful program. Our 50th anniversary is an extraordinary milestone, a major accomplishment. Thank you for sharing this exciting occasion with us! For more of the story, visit https://conta.cc/3wma1yc
  • Six public libraries in DuPage County – Addison, Indian Prairie, Itasca, Naperville, Westmont, and Wheaton – collaborated on a one-community, two-book program series called “Neighbors Together” to promote Literacy DuPage’s one-to-one English language tutoring program in attracting learners and tutors and to highlight the diversity of the county. Another program is being planned for 2023.
  • Literacy DuPage was one of 31 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant through DuPage Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program. During the Fall 2021 cycle, DuPage Foundation awarded $432,193 to organizations working in the areas of education, arts & culture, environment, and animal welfare. Literacy DuPage received a grant in the amount of $20,000 to support its one-to-one tutoring program. For more, click here.
  • Literacy DuPage Executive Director Bobbi Burgstone was interviewed by NCTV17, Naperville’s community television station. Watch the full interview on YouTube.
  • Literacy DuPage received an extraordinary gift of $10,000 from a tutor with the intention of introducing a program of curriculum materials for new tutors fresh out of training at Literacy DuPage. This initiative launched as a pilot program in September. Read the story in a recent e-newsletter. Want to stay in the know and receive Literacy DuPage news? Sign up here

Get Involved

Get to know us at a volunteer Meet & Greet session, where you will learn about Literacy DuPage and how you can become involved as a tutor. These sessions are held twice each month via Zoom.

Register to join us!

See Progress

Since 1972, we have been changing lives through literacy. Read our strategic plan and annual report.

We continue to closely monitor COVID-19 rates and to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local health and government authorities. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our tutors, students, and staff. For now, our staff is working hybrid.

Literacy DuPage trains volunteers to tutor DuPage County adults, who wish to improve

their English speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing skills.

We aren’t just teaching literacy — we’re changing lives.

Tutor

Empowering an adult with language will change that person’s life—and yours, too. No foreign language or teaching experience needed. Just time and heart.

Give

More than 100,000 DuPage County residents need help in improving their English skills. Our goal is to reach as many as possible.

Connect

Our tutoring occurs in quiet libraries and other public spaces. Make a true connection with another adult through language development.

Inspire

We’re eager to share the inspiring stories of our learners’ successes.

Literacy DuPage appreciates the financial support from these organizations:

  • Secretary of State Illinois State Library Division
  • Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation
  • DuPage Foundation
  • Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Community Memorial Foundation
  • Guy A. and N. Kay Arboit Foundation
  • Naperville Rotary Charities
  • Ecolab Foundation
  • City of Naperville
  • Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Nicor Gas
  • Glen Ellyn Rotary Foundation
  • The Grove Foundation
  • Starbucks Foundation