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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

    Tutor Training workshops will begin again in September 2016.
    The schedule of 2016-2017 workshops will be posted here in August 2016

  • Upcoming Board Meeting
    June 17
 Tutor Training workshop in session


  • 2016 Volunteer Literacy Tutor Conference!

    On March 19, Portland Literacy Council 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...

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Bernie, Trina, John, Les selfie


  • 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)