Project Read

Project Read

Our Mission

Helping adults to read helps their families. Project Read helps low literacy and low wealth adults and their families reach their literacy and financial goals.
 "It makes me feel good working with my tutor. I have the power to improve myself, and I will." - Anonymous Learner
"If you study, you will learn. This is my motto." - Halima Laraj, Adult Learner 
"All of a sudden I realized that I had understood the email from a friend with a quick first-time read. It occurred to me how much I had improved." - Anonymous Learner

Who We Are

We are adult learners, volunteer tutors, and program staff dedicated to lifelong learning. We assist individuals who live in Colma, Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco. With the help of a volunteer tutor, learners become more independent at home, at work, and in their communities.

Programs Offered

We offer free programs to improve the lives of Project Read adult learners. We also offer training, workshops, and on-going support for our volunteer tutors. Adult learners enrich their lives, as well as the lives of their families, by working on their goals.

Financial Literacy Programs

  • Money Management Training 
  • Start2Save Savings Program 
  • Financial Coaching Available 
  • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
For more information contact:
Fernando Cordova
Literacy Services Coordinator

One-on-one Tutoring
Reading, Writing & Spelling

  • Training of Community Volunteers to Provide Basic Reading Instruction for English Speaking Adults 
For more information contact:
Fernando Cordova
Literacy Services Coordinator

Learning Wheels 

  • Preschool on wheels that visits low income families at daycares, health centers,schools and other spaces where community gathers.
  • Provides family story times, educational activities, and free books to build home libraries. 
  • Parents receive information about  parenting, literacy, health and other community resources.
For more information contact:
Pat Jarvis, Literacy Services Coordinator

Contact Us

Project Read of North San Mateo County
840 West Orange Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 829-3871

Staff Contact Info

Karla Bourdon                         
Literacy Services Manager

Gail Davison                            
Office Specialist

Fernando Cordova                    
Literacy Services Coordinator

Pat Jarvis                                    
Literacy Services Coordinator