About Us

Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County was founded in 1984 as a community response to local literacy needs.

  • We serve over 400 learners annually with about 90 volunteers.
  • We teach reading, writing, math, personal health literacy, financial literacy, and citizenship in both one-to-one and small group settings.
  • We were granted 501(c) 3 status in February, 2004.
  • Our chief partner organization is the Adult Education (AE) of Doña Ana Community College (DACC), whose mission is to provide access to education in a supportive and collaborative environment that leads to student success and lifelong learning. 
  • We are staffed by a half-time Education Facilitator and the Literacy Services Coordinator, who is also a faculty member of the AE Division of DACC.
  • We have a volunteer Advisory Council of community members.

What Drives Us?

  • 25% of New Mexican adults lack a high school diploma or GED.
  • 50% of adults in Doña Ana County read at or below Literacy Level 2.

As a benchmark in practical terms, nearly two-thirds (64%) of all jobs today require literacy skills beyond level 2, while only 12% require skills at level 1 and 24% at level 2, according to a study by the Milken Institute. 


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