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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

  • September Tutor Training
    Registration is OPEN!  See our Tutors page for details.

  • Upcoming Board Meeting
    September 10

  • International Literacy Day 2014
    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Midland Library in SE Portland
    Click here for more information.

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What's New

  • 2013 Community Grants have been awarded
    Portland Literacy Council is pleased to announce that it has awarded seven Community Grants to metro-area nonprofit organizations. These grants support our mission to assist, develop, and facilitate literacy programs throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

    The following organizations were awarded a $500 grant:
    • Streetbooks (Portland)
    • Neighborhood House (Northwest Portland)
    • Sunset Presbyterian Church (Portland)
    • St. Mary's (Beaverton)

    The following organizations were awarded a $250 grant:
    • SEWorks (Portland)
    • Centro Cultural of Washington County
    • Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) (Portland)

    Please see the January 2014 issue of LiteracyLinks for more information.


  • 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)