The YWCA Westmoreland County Literacy Program is dedicated to giving adults and their families the opportunity to acquire the literacy skills needed in order to be effective in their roles as members of their families, communities and workplaces. The YWCA Literacy Program offers free, confidential tutoring in basic reading and writing. We help the non-reader and low-level literacy students develop their reading and writing skills. Volunteer tutors are trained and work one-on-one with non-reading adults.
Click HERE to send an email to the Literacy Director.
Adult Basic Literacy - teaches reading and writing to non-reading, English speaking adults. Students are paired and work one-on-one with a trained, volunteer literacy tutor. The tutor and student work out a schedule as to when, where and how often they would like to meet. Call 724-834-9390 for an assessment.
Prepare to take the GED(R) - The YWCA is partnering with the Private Industry Council in Greensburg. The YWCA provides volunteer tutors to work with students on the Language Arts part of the GED(R). The Private Industry Council focuses on the Math, Social Studies, and Science sections of the GED(R). Individual students progress at their own pace. Call the Private Industry Council at 724-836-2600, ext. 221 or the YWCA at 724-834-9390 for more information.
English as a Second Language - We offer classes for Beginning students on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from September through May. Intermediate Classes meet together on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The classes are held at the YWCA Mansion at 424 N. Main Street in Greensburg. The tuition is $25/month plus a materials fee of $25.00. The classes focus on English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as vocabulary. Students also learn about American holidays and culture. Call the YWCA office at 724-834-9390 to register.
How Can I Help Support the Literacy Program?
Volunteer Literacy Tutor - Free tutor training sessions are offered for people interested in becoming literacy tutors. You may purchase the book "Teaching Adults: A Literacy Resource Book" for a discounted price of $20. After the training is complete, the tutor is paired with a student to work one-on-one.
For anyone desiring to become a Volunteer Literacy Tutor, you can choose between two dates for the mandatory Orientation: Friday morning, March 17, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. or Monday evening, March 27, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the YWCA at 424 N. Main Street in Greensburg. The Orientation will provide you with answers to your questions about the details and expectations of being a Literacy Tutor.
A basic Tutor Training Workshop is scheduled for two afternoons in April: Tuesday & Thursday, April 4 & 6, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Anyone desiring to add English as a Second Language Tutor Training will have access to the on-line training through ProLiteracy. The training will take place at the YWCA Mansion, 424 N. Main Street in Greensburg. Please call the YWCA Westmoreland County office and ask for Maggie O'Leary, the Literacy Program Director at 724-834-9390 x106 to register. We look forward to hearing from you.ProLiteracy online courses & training videos available to all volunteer tutors CLICK HERE TO ACCESS.
Donate Books: We accept gently used hard back and paper back fiction and non-fiction books. We DO NOT take text books, magazines, encyclopedias or Reader's Digest Condensed Books. Thank you for your understanding and for your donations!
Work at the Annual Used Book Sale: During the last full weekend in September, the Literacy Program has our Annual Used Book Sale at Westmoreland Mall. Volunteers are needed to work at the sale to restock and straighten books and to work as cashiers. The sale takes place Thursday through Sunday during regular mall hours. Volunteer shifts are scheduled for two to three hours at a time.
Book Sorter: Volunteers are needed to sort through the book donations that are collected throughout the year. Book sorters meet Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 PM (weather permitting) behind the little strip mall by Agway (call for specific directions).
Thank you to the YWCA Board of Directors, Literacy Volunteers, YWCA Staff and Local Businesses who help to make the sale a wonderful success!