The Portland Literacy Council (PLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports adult literacy programs, tutors, and students in the Portland metropolitan area.

PLC activities include publishing an online newsletter, sponsoring an annual volunteer tutor conference, delivering local tutor training, and awarding GED scholarships and community grants.

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SAVE THE DATE:  PLC’s Annual  Tutor Conference will be held on March 10, 2018 at Reed College.

Call for Proposals:  We are accepting proposals for our annual Annual Tutor Conference at Reed College on March 10, 2018. We’d like this conference to be one of the biggest and best conferences yet!  To learn more about the Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference, watch this beautiful conference video.


Recent requests for tutors: (See our For Tutors page for more.)
  • Lutheran Community Services Northwest Citizenship & ESL Program is seeking 3-4 experienced ESL volunteers to assist with classroom support, perform assessment duties, and serve as literacy and small group leaders.
    Contact: Annie Karas – aruonavaarakaras@lcsnw.org (email best)  Phone: 503-731-9585
    December 2017 through March 2018
    Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:45 pm
    605 SE Cesar Chavez Blvd. Portland, OR 97214
  • Drop-in tutors needed at two Multnomah County Library locations:  Midland Branch (starting in September) and Central Library Branch (starting in October). Drop-In tutoring offers flexibility to both learners and tutors. Contact Lisa Regimbal, Multnomah County Library, 503-577-9984 for information.
  • The literacy levels of parents are crucial in predicting their children’s literacy levels and educational attainment. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • More than 20% of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level,which prevents them from working at jobs with a living wage, hinders their ability to vote, and impedes their ability to read a newspaper. (National Institute for Literacy)
  • Adults who have not received high school diplomas are unemployed at nearly three times the rate of their peers with high school diplomas. (State of Oregon Employment Dept.)

The 2017 PLC Tutor Conference was held March 11 at Reed College.  Here’s what participants had to say:

  •  “Excellent! Well-organized event. I’m very glad we came and look forward to returning.  Great presenters!”
  •  “This was my first time here and I was really impressed with the workshops, food, and all the friendly people. Everyone was full of stories and resources!”             
  • “All good presentations with great examples. Nice diversity of topics. Particularly enjoyed the TESOL-based Inductive Grammar workshop.”
  • “I loved the conference. Great presenters and yummy lunch! Great networking opportunities.”
  • “Thanks for another great event!”