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Literacy Council of Southwestern PA

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Causes: Community Service Clubs

Mission: Our mission is to empower adults and families with literacy skills that enable them to lead successful, fulfilled lives as members of our communities.

Target demographics: Adults 18 years of age and older in Southwestern PA area who are seeking to improve their reading skills, acquire a GED or who wish to learn to speak English as a second language.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200+

Geographic areas served: Southwestern Pennsylvania

Programs: Our programs consist of Each One Teach One Adult Tutoring, GED Preparation, English as a Second Language and Baby Book Bag Programs.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the finest nonprofit in our three-county area. The two negative reviews were written by the same individual who had to be fired for poor performance and a lack of integrity. The quality of tutoring and the leadership in this organization are superb. This is the best volunteer experience I have ever had and all 50 of our tutors agree with me. Our students excel. We know we are changing lives for the better.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I could not disagree more with the low rating. I have served on the Board of Directors of this organization for 4 years, and I stay because it is a top-notch organization, with an excellent staff and a dedicated, hard-working Board that has fought tooth and nail to give the Literacy Council heft, credibility, adequate resources, and a future.

The President of the Board is so dedicated that she gives 40 hours a week to Literacy Council work, year after year, with no salary. She was also named Tutor of the Year in PA in Pennsylvania for 2018.

I am truly proud and humbled to serve this organization, with its 187 students from 40 different countries.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 1

I would not recommend volunteering at this particular organization. There are lots of other more deserving organizations out there. This one in particular suffers from a lack of professional management and leadership.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I would not recommend that anyone volunteer at this organization. There are other nonprofits better deserving of your time and talents. This particular one is run by a retired colonel who still thinks she is in the army. She will order you around, criticize you in front of your peers --and delight in it. She is arrogant, rude, totally full of herself and can be downright nasty. She is self-centered and could care less what you or others think of her. Stay away from the organization.