Literacy Council of Southwestern PA

Listing Last Update: March 30, 2021


351 Montgomery Avenue
Located at the Fairhill Manor Christian Church
Washington, PA 15301

Primary Contact

Lauren Berlin

(724) 228-6188

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Educational services

  • To read and write better
  • To find a family literacy program (families attend together)
  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To learn English
  • To improve my math skills
  • To volunteer at a program
  • To become a U.S. citizen
  • To improve my workforce skills

Instruction Type

  • In-person
  • Online

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Program Overview

Founded in 1985 the Literacy Council of Southwestern PA is a volunteer-run, privately funded 501(c)3 non-profit that has worked with thousands of adults and their families to improve reading, writing, and English language skills. Our goal is to empower students with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

We provide Adult Basic Education, GED tutoring and preparation, and English as a Second Language tutoring and classes. We also offer child care so that parents may attend class. There are no fees for any of our services.

Hours of operation: 8am - 4pm Monday - Friday

Cost info: Our programs and materials are provided at no cost to our students, thanks to the generosity of our corporate, community, and individual sponsors.

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Ha M., Student - Eleven months ago Ha married an American citizen and moved fromVietnam to America. Upon arrival inAmerica, Ha found it very difficult to communicate. She is happy with her move but realizes that,"With a new life, you need to communicate with everybody." Ha owned a bridal shop in Vietnam and wouldlove to open one here, but needs to learn English first. Four months ago her husband found theliteracy council and arranged for Ha to start classes. At first Ha thought that "free equaled notgood," but she was quickly surprised. She loves that she not only learns how to speak English, but also the cultureand the way people think. She "loves theenvironment of the classes and views the students as a family."