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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New and Noteworthy

Recent requests for tutors: (See our For Tutors page for more.)

  • The Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP), along with GABRIELA Portland, is seeking volunteers who can help with curriculum development for classes in ESL and life skills.  Classes will be held every two weeks at Sta Barbra Pinoy Bakery in SW Portland and at Filipino American Center in SE Portland. For more info, contact Tabitha Ponciano,
  • New Creation Chinese Church ESL needs mid-level tutors for Fall term: 5575 SW Erickson Ave. Beaverton, OR, 97005; Contact Tom at or 503-395-0088. Classes begin September 12, and will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30 am weekly.
  • 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!”