Readying Readers for Life

When you teach someone to read, you change their life. The ability to read and write gives one access to information, independence, communication, and so much more. Adults who cannot read do not have this access, and the world remains closed to them. Overcoming a literacy limitation open up new doors for educational, career and financial attainment.

For English language learners, an inability to speak or understand English can make individuals feel isolated and conscious of being “different”. That isolation and miscommunication vastly limits opportunities and advancement. Through English language instruction, students grow in confidence and feel more connected to the community around them.

We count on the steady support and encouragement of dedicated tutors to help students reach their reading, education and career goals. In our Community Classrooms, tutors work with students individually or in small groups on a variety of activities to increase skills and knowledge. Using a student-centered curriculum, volunteers guide students in learning English or in mastering the mechanics of reading to help them reach personal levels of success.

Join Indy Reads as a volunteer and help us change lives.


A Book Lover's Paradise

Indy Reads Books is located on Massachusetts Ave, amongst the vibrant shops and eateries of Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. The store serves as a community space and hosts many events, from book signings to musical performances. We offer a great selection of new and used books with a knowledgeable staff. The best part? All proceeds support our vision to Make Indianapolis 100% literate!

You can help us in this mission by donating gently used books or your time. Our book-loving volunteers help customers, sort donations, restock shelves, and help spread the word about the cause of Adult Literacy.

If you are interested in volunteering with Indy Reads, please complete our online application to get started! Once you have completed your application, you will be invited to attend a short information session. There you will learn all the ways you can help change the lives of adults in our community.