Romance Writers of America recognizes the importance of adult literacy and supports literacy organizations through its annual "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing.
Many New York Times best-selling romance authors like Nora Roberts, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips and hundreds more authors participate in the two-hour Literacy Autographing event each year. The thousands of books available for the authors to sign for the public are donated by major romance publishers and the authors themselves, and the event raises thousands of dollars, which are donated to ProLiteracy Worldwide (a non-profit educational corporation) to help fund literacy programs on a local and national level.
Since 1991, RWA efforts have raised more than $825,000 for literacy organizations.
It's Not Just About the Money
RWA's support of adult literacy doesn't end with money. There are many, many members of RWA who volunteer as tutors for their local literacy organizations. According to Jim Aiello, former Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Grants for ProLiteracy Worldwide, "While the money is good, their work as volunteers to bring the gift of literacy to those who don't have it may be even more important."
- In 1991, RWA was nominated as one of President Bush's Thousand Points of Light for its efforts in the fight for literacy.
- In 1994, ProLiteracy Worldwide presented RWA with an Excellence Award for the organization's continuing efforts in the fight for literacy.
- In 2011, RWA received the Distinguished Service Award for the organization's continuing efforts in the fight for literacy.
For information on how to join the cause to fight for literacy, visit ProLiteracy Worldwide.
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