Educating Adults in Western Massachusetts since 1984


History of The Literacy Project

The Literacy Project was founded in 1984 by Lindy Whiton and Jim Vaughan.  Lindy, who had been trained as a reading specialist, had been hired by Greenfield Community College to run a short-term grant to teach adults to read.  Jim was a volunteer with the program. 

When the grant funding ended, Lindy and Jim decided to continue their good work by creating an independent non-profit agency.  They were soon joined by Phil Rabinowitz, and The Literacy Project was formed. 

With a strong commitment to teaching adults to read – and very little funding – The Literacy Project grew quickly and established classes in Greenfield, Orange, Northampton and Ware.  Dozens of volunteers worked with staff to stretch the limited budget and meet the needs of the students. 

Their efforts were successful, and in 1987 The Literacy Project gained national attention when it was named by the Association for Community Based Education as one of the ten best adult education programs in the country.

Now in our 25th year, The Literacy Project holds classes for adults in beginning reading as well as GED preparation at locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. 

Our Mission

The Literacy Project provides adult basic education programs and opportunities that support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities.