SEASIDE - Imagine having a terrible headache and not being able to read the back of a pain medication box.

For 30 percent of Clatsop County's population, that is an everyday problem. Clatsop Community College's Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program is seeking volunteers to help teach people with low English skills.

The program's coordinator, Eileen Purcell, spoke to members of the Seaside Downtown Development Association Thursday about the program.

"Seven percent of the households in the county speak another language, and most are Hispanic," Purcell said. "The need is tremendous."

The literacy program provides free educational materials and testing services to people with low literacy skills. It actively recruits and trains volunteers to spend one to three hours a week teaching individuals and small groups English and literacy skills. A 10-hour training session will be held in late April for new volunteers, Purcell said.

For more information about the program or to volunteer, call Purcell at 338-2557.

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