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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Opportunities to Learn and Serve! AmeriCorps Positions Available at Redwood City Project READ

Redwood City, CA - November 17 , 2004 - Redwood City Project READ is looking for four enthusiastic individuals to join the Project READ AmeriCorps team, to use their creativity in helping to make learning fun for new readers! The four new recruits — two full-time, two half-time — will serve for one year working in all aspects of this award-winning literacy program. They will have the opportunity to work with the Project READ staff and their 450 volunteer tutors in serving approximately 500 learners of all ages who want to improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

The Project READ AmeriCorps members will participate in tutoring learners individually and in small groups, planning and implementing enrichment projects, supporting the tutor/learner computer lab, providing outreach to the entire community, and offering administrative support to the program. AmeriCorps members receive a living allowance stipend and a generous education award toward the cost of attending college, graduate school, or school/work programs. In addition, the full-time members are eligible for health and childcare benefits, said Kathy Endaya, director of Redwood City Project READ. Endaya said the potential candidates should be 18 years or older and “have a love of learning and a desire to serve our diverse community.”

The service period is from Jan. 5 through Dec. 9, 2005 and applications are due by November 30, 2004. AmeriCorps members must be U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or lawful permanent residents.

Rocio Andrade, a lifelong Peninsula resident, who is scheduled to complete her one-year AmericCorps service in December, said working at Project READ has been “a great opportunity to earn some money for my studies at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, while learning skills that will help my future career as a high school counselor. During the year I have learned a lot and continually feel the satisfaction of helping adults and children learn to read.” For further information about the Project READ AmeriCorps opportunities, please call Coordinator Pam Patek at (650) 780-7077, or e-mail her at patek@plsinfo.org. The Project READ website is www.projectread-redwoodcty.org.

The award-winning Redwood City Project READ is a library-based nonprofit organization providing tutors, small groups and other enrichment services dedicated to ending illiteracy in Redwood City by 2020 through intergenerational literary services. Project READ is closely tied to our local schools. It offers multiple programs to meet the diverse needs and reading levels of adults, adolescents, and families in Redwood City, focusing on reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Project READ is supported by the generous help of volunteers, and its web site is located at www.projectread-redwoodcty.org. For further information, or to register for an upcoming tutoring session, call Project READ at (650) 780-7077.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact:

Kathy Endaya, Director
Project READ
650-780-7077

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