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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 services provide the foundation for developing fundamental skills in reading, writing, and math to adults. As a basic education program for adults, we offer ‘Each One, Teach One” individual tutoring to help our students meet their goals. This program also provides a pathway for preparation for the GED and HiSet high school equivalency exams and includes classroom, small group, and individual instruction.
  • English as a Second Language(ESL) - We provide ESL classes to adults whose first language is not English. High quality teachers, tutors, and classroom materials are free to all students. We have experienced explosive growth in our immigrant population in Washington County. A byproduct of the energy industry and thriving community growth. They are seeking our services so they can obtain a job, help their children with school, and seek medical care. We provide many with a pathway to citizenship.
  • Baby Book Bag- The BBB program began in 1994 when the Executive Director, Helen Crunick, envisioned a need for a project which would help break the cycle of inter-generational illiteracy. This program features tote bags which are prepared by community volunteers; screen-printed with sponsors logos; filled with a children’s board book, community library listings, and literature outlining the importance of reading to babies from birth. New mothers at Washington Hospital receive a baby book bag.
  • Children's Literacy - Five years ago we realized many of our potential students lacked the language skills and/or finances to attend our English classes because of preschool children in the home. As a result, we started a children's program for these parents. Often it is the only exposure to the English language the children receive each week, providing an important boost for them as they prepare to begin public school life.

Primary Revenue Sources

Grants and contributions.

Primary Fundraising Event

WCCF Day of Giving

2016 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1620790
Net Assets$74,045


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

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