Receiving the 2009 Director’s Choice Award and accompanying $10,000 operational grant from the Acorn Fund was the Washington County Literacy Council (WCLC).
By practicing their mission of promoting literacy by teaching low‐level and non reading adults basic literacy skills using trained tutors and through generating community awareness and support, the Council meets and exceeds the criteria to receive this award.
The WCLC, led by Executive Director, Amy Manko, has been providing basic adult literacy services in Washington County for over twenty years. The Council works primarily as a volunteer, community based organization, but plans to use the award for staffing.
The WCLC began operations with a mere $500 in 1985 at Citizens Library. The Council has since evolved into a multi‐site organization, serving clients in Washington, Donora, Bentleyville, and Waynesburg. Confidential free tutoring is provided on a one‐on‐one basis. Hundreds of adults in Washington County have benefited from the Council’s services.
In addition to battling adult illiteracy, the Council has a early intervention program called,
Baby Book Bag. This program aims to “prevent the cycle of intergenerational illiteracy” by providing literature on the importance of reading to babies as well as child development information. These “bags” are distributed to new mothers at The Washington Hospital.