perry county literacy council


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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Why give to PCLC?

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Return on investment

In 2013, 6,587 PA adults gained unsubsidized employment x $9.67/hour x 40 hours x 52 weeks = $137,918,955 per year. Every adult and youth that completes a GED® or high school diploma contributes an additional $60,000 in tax revenue over their lifetime.

Increased tax revenue

$137,918,955 in annual earnings x 3.7% PA Tax Rate = $5,103,001

Combined cost savings of each GED®

The combined costs for Pennsylvanians without a high school diploma or GED® of Cash Transfers and non-cash transfers are minus $683 annually while a worker with a high school diploma or GED® enriches the State by $6,067 annually through taxes despite transfer payments and other benefits. Thus, the benefit of moving someone up educationally to a GED® or diploma is $6,067+$683 or $6,750 gain each year.

People without a GED® credential or high school diploma have the highest unemployment rate and the lowest pay rate. When unemployment grows, those without a high school diploma suffer the most. A 7.6% unemployment rate rises to 12% for individuals without diplomas and to 15% for those aged 16-19.


Opportunity for higher education

The GED® test is not only a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma, but it also opens doors to the higher education that add great value in the modern job market.

The best way to donate to PCLC

The best ways to donate to PCLC is by check. You can make your check payable to Perry County Literacy Council and mail it to: Perry County Literacy Council, P.O. Box 37, Newport, PA 17074.


Bequests and Planned Giving

An excellent way to celebrate your passion for learning and to make a lasting donation to the Perry County Literacy Council is to include PCLC in your will or estate plan. A planned gift or bequest to PCLC ensures that your dedication to literacy and education will live on for generations to come. 

In order to make a bequest or planned gift to PCLC, include the following in your will or estate plan: “I hereby bequeath X% (or $X) to the Perry County Literacy Council, a nonprofit organization located in Newport, PA, to be used for its general purposes.”

If you decide to make these special commitments to PCLC, feel free to let us know as soon as possible so that we can thank you personally for your remarkable dedication and support.


The PCLC offices are always in need of various supplies for our students and staff. Your donations are encouraged and deeply appreciated. Some of the most common items requested include:

  • Paper products (towels, tissues, foam plates/cups, plasticware)

  • Office supplies (tablets, envelopes, Post-its, copier paper, etc.)

  • TI-30XS multiview calculators

Other Ways to Donate

The Perry County Literacy Council is pleased to accept gifts through:

United Way Contributor Choice Program

Combined Federal Campaign

State Employee Combined Appeal