Each year, more than 200 volunteers wrap books for donations to raise money to support WLC and spread awareness of the literacy challenges faced by too many adults here in the District. Visit one of the Politics and Prose bookstores at Connecticut Avenue, The Wharf or Union Market to make your holiday purchase, and let a volunteer wrap your gift for you.
The Washington Literacy Center (WLC) has been helping DC residents with the greatest barriers and fewest resources learn to read since 1963. Starting off as an all-volunteer initiative, the WLC has grown into a dynamic nonprofit with full-time staff, professionally-trained instructors, and passionate volunteers.For approximately 90,000 of DC’s adults, low literacy skills are a barrier to just about everything – completing their education, getting and keeping a decent job, and staying out of poverty.
The Washington Literacy Center removes the barrier by teaching basic skills – word attack (sounding things out), fluency (reading at a proper pace), and comprehension (understanding and thinking critically) to adults who read below a fifth grade level.