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Literacy Council of Southwestern Pa

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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

  • English as a Second Language (ESL): We provide free ESL classes to all adults whose first language is not English. High-quality teachers, tutors, and classroom materials are free to all students. We are the only agency in Washington County that provides free adult ESL services. Classes are offered weekly at the Fairhill Manor Christian Church in Washington and the Central Assembly of God Church in Houston. Tutors and students meet weekly throughout the county in various libraries.
  • Adult Basic Education (ABE): ABE services provide instruction in reading, writing, and math to low-level literacy adults seeking to improve their skills. As a basic education program for adults, it embraces the “Each One, Teach One” philosophy of individual tutoring to help our students. Whether a student’s goal is to achieve functional literacy, improved job skills, or the ability to help their children with homework, we are prepared to help learners to achieve these objectives.
  • Baby Book Bags (BBB): The BBB program has been in existence since 1994 and was founded by then-Executive Director, Helen Crunick. The program encourages new 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 baby book, literature on the importance of engaging babies in reading from birth, early childhood literacy intervention information, and local library locations.
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Preparation: The GED program offers students who have not completed high school an opportunity to obtain their high school equivalency diploma. The GED exam is very challenging and includes five tests: literature and arts, social studies, science, writing, and math. We provide certified tutors who supplement GED classes offered biweekly across Washington County.
  • Children’s Literacy (CL): In 2013, we realized that many of our potential students lacked language skills and/or finances to come to classes because of preschool children in the home. As a result, we started the children’s program for these mothers. We now have an annual average enrollment of 25 children for both the pre-kindergarten children we have all year long and the grade school children we serve during summer vacation.

Primary Revenue Sources

Scholar's Bowl, Friends of Literacy, WCCF, United Way, Massey Charitable Trust, Dollar General, and Smith Charitable Trust.

Primary Fundraising Event

Scholar's Bowl and WCCF Day of Giving

2019 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1620790
Net Assets$193,914


Name:Brandi Miller
Title:Executive Director
Address:351 Montgomery Avenue, P.O. Box 1584
Washington, PA 15301

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