It’s a shocking statistic -- 17 percent of adults in New Jersey lack basic-prose literacy skills in the English language, according to the State Council for Adult Literacy Education Services.
In fact, the same study says that 12 percent of New Jersey adults do not have a high school diploma. And those who think that this is a problem facing only the urban areas of the state are wrong. In Cumberland County, 23 percent of adults have not completed high school -- the highest percentage in the state.
That’s why there’s a need for literacy volunteers. There are 2,612 volunteer tutors working with 21 programs and 4,616 adult students to gain literacy skills. At least another 1,000 students are on a waiting list. Those who want to volunteer can contact Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey.