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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  • Multnomah County Needs Tutors for Drop-in Tutor Center: Volunteer tutors needed to help adults prepare for the GED exam, learn how to read and/or improve English skills. Tutors will work with adults to improve reading, writing, basic math and/or speaking, reading, and writing in English. Training for volunteer tutors:
    February 7, 5:00-7:30 pm
    Midland Library Branch
    805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR
    Questions?  Contact Lisa Regimbal, 503-577-9984
  • Registration for PLC’s Winter Tutor Training Workshop is CLOSED.  This workshop is scheduled for January 21 and 28, 2017.  See the For Tutors page for details.
  • SAVE THE DATE:  PLC’s annual Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Reed College.
Literacy Facts:
  • 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 literacy levels of parents are crucial in predicting their children’s literacy levels and educational attainment. (National Institute for Literacy)