Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Celebrates 30th Anniversary

January 07, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
January 7, 2013 - From its inception in 1982, Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council has helped community members overcome illiteracy and low-level literacy so that they can become better parents, workers, and citizens. In its history, GPLC has been able to provide education for over 75,000 individuals. Now with an expanded list of programs and a growing network of volunteer support, it provides educational programs to 8,000 adults and families each year in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas. Adult literacy centers and educational classes are spread throughout Allegheny County so that students can conveniently access literacy education in their own communities.

In honor of its successful history, GPLC is now observing its 30th anniversary, which will continue until June 2013. Staff members and volunteers have contributed significantly to the Pittsburgh area community and will continue to help families create better lives for themselves through their educational programs. GPLC's efforts to improve the community have driven the organization to spread its influence and serve as a model to other nonprofit groups and educational programs.

In addition to offering programs to community members, GPLC also offers training and technical assistance to dozens of other literacy programs. Its work in the field of adult education has led it to become recognized locally and nationally for both its educational services and its superior management practices. To prove its commitment to alleviating the literacy crisis, 89 cents of every dollar donated to GPLC goes into educational programs and student support services. This serves as a testament to GPLC's efficient coordination and planning, making it a worthwhile investment for donations.

GPLC is able to offer its education programs free of charge in great part through the help of hundreds of community volunteers in Pittsburgh. These volunteers donate their time to assist the organization and tutor students. GPLC trains each tutor and provides them with a curriculum and course materials to use in their instruction. Volunteers can help in a number of ways, which allows people with varying schedules and outside commitments to help with the cause of furthering adult literacy.

GPLC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating members of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County communities. The organization is a national leader in adult literacy and family education, and it has constructed programs for basic literacy, GED preparation, workplace skills, computer skills, health literacy, and more. Volunteers are always welcome to participate so that GPLC can provide even more services to those who are in the greatest need of education. To volunteer as a tutor, enroll in a class, or give a donation, contact GPLC at 412-393-7600 or today.

For the 30th anniversary special tours of the GPLC headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh have been scheduled. Community members are invited to learn more about the organization during these brief tours. For information, contact Maria at 412-393-7631.