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Empowering People Through Literacy

My student Anatole and his wife got themselves into a problem with their health insurance, something that was out of the scope of my abilities or responsibilities, for sure!  I advised him to go to the Office of the Aging and helped him set up an appointment with them.  The woman who met with them called me afterward to let me know what she and her supervisor had done and how I could help him make the next step.  While I was talking with her (and she knew I was his ULA tutor), she said she had worked with a basic student for five years many years ago.  She said that she would encounter that student occasionally.  The most recent time that they did, the woman made a point of thanking her for helping her improve her reading to such a point that now she enjoys reading all the time.

Also, Anatole and I have been studying the earth, moon and sun.  He didn't know that the world was round, that the earth went around the sun, that there are other planets, that solar energy comes from harnessing the sun's energy, that the moon causes the tides ... and on and on.  He has been fascinated.  It is a marvel to me to watch his understanding grow and a privilege to witness that.

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Supporting Ulster Literacy is an investment in our community

The cost effectiveness of our services is unparalleled as we recruit, train and support a small army of volunteers who work one to one or with small groups.

We currently have 160 active tutors.  If we paid each of these tutors $30/hour for an average of 2 hours per week over the course of 50 weeks, we would need $500,000 additional dollars in our budget!

Contributions are very welcome

New York State Department of Education supports us, as well as many local businesses and individuals, including the Dyson Foundation, United Way, Ulster Savings Bank Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Markertek, Aetna, TD Bank, Rondout Savings, HITS, DAR, Rotary, and others.

But individual donations are essential.  ULA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your donations are tax-deductable.  Join many in our community by supporting this important work.

Consider a legacy gift.  By simply including Ulster Literacy Association in your will, your impact will be felt for many years to come.

We provide services to over 400 adults every year - at no cost to them.  For $650, you, or your company, can sponsor an adult learner.  Please call the agency at 331-6837 if you have further ideas about how you might support us.  As a community-based agency, your involvement is crucial to our success.  Thank you.

Do you buy stuff from Amazon?  Without increasing your cost, you can get them to chip in a small amount for ULA when you purchase any of tens of millions of products.  It's simple to do: just click here to go to Amazon Smile and connect it to ULA.  You may be prompted to install a 1Button app on your browser for even faster access; be sure to read the terms of service, since the app does collect some personal data and its use is completely optional.

Amazon will remember that you signed up for the Smile program.  In the future, if you go to, they will remind you that you are enrolled in the Smile program and give you the option to go there instead.  Other than that, you'll shop as you always do, but knowing that ULA will benefit in a small way from your purchases.  You can read more about Amazon Smile.

Major Sponsors

The organizations listed here are providing major support for the mission of the Ulster Literacy Association.