About Perry County Literacy Council
The Perry County Literacy Council is a nonprofit organization serving Perry County residents since 1984. All services are provided at no cost to residents. With roots in adult basic education and volunteer tutoring, the organization has grown to provide GED® preparation and testing in the community and for Inmates at the Perry County Prison and Workforce Certification classes and assessments.
In 2011, the Council joined the Tri-County Adult Education Consortium, a collaboration of adult education providers funded by the PA Department of Education Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education, Division of Adult Education to serve Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. Partnering with HACC Workforce Investment Act Case Management and the South Central Workforce Investment Board, the Council provides workforce preparation classes, assessments and credentials that support the transition to training and employment.
The Perry County Literacy Council supports 35% of the agency’s annual costs. The Council’s funds are supported by a faithful and generous community, private foundations, a variety of fundraisers including the annual Race for Reading Campaign and the Annual Sustaining Fund Campaign. These diverse funds allow us to serve a broad base of residents, expand services to meet growing demands and maintain services when government funding is delayed.
The Council is the lead agency in a collabortive partnership with the TechBridge At Risk Youth program, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Case Management and HACC Workforce Investment Act Case Management, sharing space, costs and programs and offering access to services at a single point of contact in Perry County. This model has allowed us to serve more residents and families, increasing the value of each program’s dollar.
As a community-based organization, the Council actively engages and partners with local social service agencies that support the needs of the undereducated, unemployed, disabled, low income and poor.