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

  • 2016 Community Grants Program – Apply Now!

    The PLC invites community non-profit organizations to apply for grants to support Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, or English-as-a-Second Language instruction.  Community Grants are limited to $500.  Click here to download detailed grant application instructions.

  • PLC’s  September Tutor Training Workshop is full. If cancellations occur, registration will re-open. See the For Tutors page for more information.
  • SAVE THE DATE:  PLC’s annual Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference will be held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Reed College.

2016 Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference

On March 19, PLC co-sponsored the 2016 Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference. Attendees gave glowing feedback!

“So much to like!! The presenters, meeting other tutors, and hearing from students. The campus is beautiful. The food was excellent. Will use materials all year long. Thank you!”

“Thank you so much! It was a wonderful conference – so well planned, enjoyable and helpful! You are an amazing, dedicated group!”

“Thank you! So organized! Good, practical speakers.”

“I learned so much from all of the classes. I’m new to the program, so I appreciate all of it. Thanks.”

“Thank you! Always looking for activity ideas — something concrete for the next class. I will be back. It’s a lovely conference and inspiring.”

Read more about the Conference…

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)