About OC Read

Read Orange

OC READ offers free assistance in basic reading and writing skills to adult learners throughout Orange County.

Learning is structured around each learner’s personal goals and needs.



  • 1 in 4 adults in Orange County read below the 8th grade level
  • 16% of adults in Orange County do not have a high school diploma
  • 29% of inmates in United States prisons have low literacy skills
  • Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels
  • 47% of children in Orange County are not ready for kindergarten
  • The United States ranks 12th in the literacy world


Personalized tutoring for adult learners who need help with their basic reading and writing skills. With the help of an individual tutor, learners are able to achieve life goals such as:  

· Reading to their children

· Reading a newspaper

· Getting a better job

· Registering to vote

· Overcoming any reading and writing challenge

Individual tutoring to help inmates in the Orange County jail system gain a second chance by improving their skills. 


· Tips and tools to help adult learners bring literacy into everyday family life

· Library events and programs to help parents engage with their children in the world of learning

· Family tutors work with school-aged children of adult learners


Any Orange County adult who needs help with basic reading and writing skills.

Tutoring is completely free for our learners.


No information about a learner is shared unless requested by the learner.

Volunteers from the community who give their time to help adults improve their literacy skills.


We provide training to all our volunteers.

In any public location, such as a library. Tutor/ learner pairs meet weekly according to their availability.

Yes. An estimated 400,000 adults in Orange County do not read or write well enough to meet their needs as workers, family members and members of the community.

Get Involved Today!

To get help or to become a volunteer, call OC READ at (714) 566-3070