Humboldt Literacy Project connects adults who wish to improve their reading and writing with adult volunteer tutors for free, confidential, one-on-one English language tutoring.


For most of us, reading is such an integral part of daily life we almost take the ability for granted. However, in Humboldt County an estimated 13,800 adults are functionally illiterate—reading below a fifth grade level. Another 23,000 people in our county read below an eighth grade level. Since 1981, Humboldt Literacy Project has been working to raise the level of literacy in Humboldt County and improve the quality of life in our community.


We believe


  • All adults can learn

  • All individuals have the right to privacy and confidentiality

  • That a non-judgmental environment promotes mutual respect, trust, openness, comfort, and hope

  • Tutoring should be learner-centered.

  • In conducting ourselves with openness and integrity

  • In providing the highest quality service


 Our Mission


  • To teach adults in Humboldt County the literacy skills they need on the job, at home, and in our community

  • To increase public awareness regarding the magnitude and negative effects of illiteracy

  • To build public awareness about the social, political, economic, and cultural value of literacy


For more information, contact us at,  or call 445-3655.

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