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Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa


The mission of the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA (LCSWPA) is to empower adults and families with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

Programs and Services

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE). Low Level adult literacy among native English speaking Americans is a difficult challenge in our region. It is well documented that low-level literacy adults earn markedly less over the course of a lifetime than those who attain high school graduate-level skills. The impacts of low-level literacy include: high crime rates, drug and alcohol abuse, poverty, and higher public assistance rates.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL). We have experienced explosive growth in our immigrant population in Washington County and, as a result, in our ESL enrollments. Our students are predominantly women (80%), and 75% of them are mothers with children in the home. The vast majority of our students are seeking jobs or better jobs. We help more than 25 students obtain employment each year by improving their English skills and helping them prepare for job interviews.
  • Children’s Literacy. We realized four years ago that many of our potential students lacked the language skills and/or finances to come to classes because of preschool children in the home. As a result we started a children’s program for these parents. Last year we enrolled 38 children for both the pre-kindergarten children we have all year long and the grade school children we serve during summer recess. For the pre-kindergarten children we serve it is often their only exposure to English.
  • Baby Book Bags (BBB). Our signature program, the very popular BBB program has been in existence for over twenty years. This program encourages mothers to begin reading with their infants soon after birth. Every baby born in Washington Hospital goes home with a book bag containing a suitable infant baby book and literature on community reading programs for new moms and their children. We provide 1,200 baby book bags annually.

Primary Revenue Sources

Grants and contributions.

Primary Fundraising Event

WCCF Day of Giving

2015 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1620790
Net Assets$47,010


Name:Jessica Luisi
Title:Office Manager
Address:351 Montgomery Avenue, P.O. Box 1584
Washington, PA 15301

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