To ensure that adults acquire the literacy skills needed to reach their fullest potential in life and participate productively in their community.

Lorie dropped out of school in eighth grade to care for her sick mother. She worked hard throughout her life, cleaning people’s homes while raising a family. Education didn’t seem important until, at age 62, her great-grandaughter Misha asked her to read a book and Lorie fumbled with the words.

“I knew one thing. A grandmother is supposed to read to her grandchildren,” says Lorie. She came to Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council and began working with Sherry, a volunteer tutor. The two met for four hours a week for two years. Today, Lorie and Misha are regulars at their local library. Lorie’s next goal? To earn her GED.

Lorie is but one of the more than 6,000 individuals who benefit from the programs of Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council each year. Since 1982, GPLC has provided free instruction to adults in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, computers, workplace skills and family literacy.

Men and women like Lorie rely on people just like you who share their time, talents and resources so generously.

Become a volunteer. Make a donation. Tell a friend. OPEN UP A LIFE.

1. Some135,000 individuals in Allegheny County lack the reading, writing, math or English language skills needed to accomplish everyday tasks.

2. GPLC provides free instruction in reading, writing, math, English as a Second Language, workplace skills and computers.

3. Each year, GPLC reaches 6,000 individuals, helping them to get a better job, earn a GED, begin college, and inspire their children to succeed.

4. Visit www.gplc.org to meet our students and learn how you can help them succeed!