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The Portland Literacy Council (PLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports adult literacy programs, tutors, and students in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. PLC activities include publishing an online newsletter, sponsoring an annual tutor conference, partnering in local tutor trainings, and awarding GED scholarships and community grants. 

In this short video, Kris Magaurn, PLC chair, describes the program in a Comcast Newsmakers interview:

Seeking Volunteer Tutors

So, you want to be a tutor...  Please see our Tutors page for a short questionnaire and more information about being a tutor:

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Upcoming Events

  • Registration for the May 9 and 16 Tutor Training will open on April 13.
    Registration closes when we have reached the maximum attendance, or at midnight the Thursday before each session, whichever occurs first.
  • Upcoming Board Meeting
    April 8

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  • 2014 Community Grants have been awarded!

    The Portland Literacy Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded nine Community Grants to metro-area organizations. These grants support our mission to assist, develop, and facilitate literacy programs throughout the metropolitan area.

    The following organizations were each awarded a $500 grant:
    • Julia West House (Southwest Portland)
    • Neighborhood House (Northwest Portland)
    • Northwest Housling Alternatives (Portland)
    • Portland Meet Portland (North Portland)
    • Sunset Presbyterian Church (Southwest Portland)
    • St. Anthony's Catholic Church (Tigard)
    • St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (Beaverton)
    • St. Mary's of the Valley (Beaverton)
    • Street Books (Portland)

    Click HERE to learn more about these inspiring programs.

    To read about last year's grant recipients, click HERE.
  • Our next Community Grant application process will open in Fall 2015.
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  • PLC is now a member of both the Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer's Rewards programs.  Both these programs donate a percentage of purchases to the PLC, while providing all their regular points and benefits to customers.
    See our Donate page for details.

  • Donations help us maintain our volunteer-driven activities, deliver quality tutor training, and/or assist those in need with a scholarship for taking the GED exams.
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Literacy Facts:

  • 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)
  • 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)