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.

There will be a Literacy Volunteer Tutor Orientation in October, 2018. Dates and times to be announced at a later date.Tutor Training is now online through the ProLiteracy Education website. We will discuss the new training in detail at our Volunteer Tutor Orientation.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor for the Literacy Program, the Orientation is mandatory. Please call 724-834-9390 to register for the Orientation.

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. The last day for book donations for this year’s sale is Friday, August 31, 2018. Thank you for your understanding and for your donations!

Work at the Annual Used Book Sale: 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).

The Annual Used Book Sale is the main fundraiser for the Literacy Program.  The money raised during the book sale is used to pay for materials and to help provide free services to our students.  There is always a large variety of quality books at the sale.  The sale is always held in September.


Thank you to the YWCA Board of Directors, Literacy Volunteers, YWCA Staff and Local Businesses who help to make the sale a wonderful success!