May 14, 2019

Great time at the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance's (WPWA)13th annual meeting at Silver Birches, where this year's subject was two fold. "The Growth Mindset" and how it builds ecosystems in economic and community development. and Penn State Scranton's LaunchBox support services for businesses. As a member of the Board of WPWA I congratulate our staff for their incredible work. Well attended and flawless, always a great event. 


April 9, 2019


April 9, 2019 – 

WPALP attended the Greater Pike Community Foundation’s 21st Annual Community Workshop for non-profit organizations at the Best Western Hunt’s Landing in Matamoras. 44 of us were able to stand up and give a report on our recent activities, each non-profit will spoke briefly about its organization’s programs and activities. This is always an excellent opportunity for local charities to network, spread the word about their work, and foster collaborative solutions to address needs and challenges in our community.


Coalition Member February 2019


The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program has been asked to join and participate with a Pike County coalition of Law Enforcement, Corrections, business and service originations to develop and implement a plan for re-entering inmates from the Pike county Correctional Facility. Pike Commissioner Steve Guccini, having seen that this type of program has been successful in other Pennsylvania Counties, in lowering recidivism and huge costs involved in housing the same incarcerated individuals repeatedly, has started this coalition hoping to save Pike County the same expenditures. As adult literacy, our push will be to help make these individuals job ready by tutoring for GEDs, English as a second language and Adult Continuing Education. The other coalition member organizations will help these individuals locate housing, employment, health care, etc. The object is to keep them out of the correctional facility and make them productive members of our community.


Gifts That Keep on Giving

Less than two weeks left in 2018. Do you need that one last tax deduction? Do you want to give a donation that will affect much more than giving you a momentary smile? How about giving a person, their family and our community a positive hand up that you can smile about all year long. Please donate your time as a tutor (we teach you, we provide the teaching materials and we only tutor in public venues) a monetary gift or legacy gift that will give one of the greatest gifts in our world. The ability to read and write. If you saw just one of the smiles when the student first realizes they can read for the first time. You would be chasing me to donate. Would you be where you are today if you could not read, would your family? May you and yours have a happy and healthy holiday season.


"Lamplighter Campaign" Update


"A Student is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lighted" - Socrates 

Our 2018 Lamplighter campaign is going well, I would love to acknowledge all of our contributors, but I have many that donate and do not want public recognition. For the public record I would like to thank The Dime Bank a Silver level contributor and Matthew & Carol Osterberg and Laura & William Beezer Flame level contributors. Stay tuned, more to come. For information email wpalp@ptd.net Give a gift that will continue to give for years to come.


Tutor Workshop

Our next Tutor Workshop will be held November 29, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Hawley from 10: A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

All of us, right now, can think back to school and a smile will come to your face as you remember one particular teacher who actually made a difference in your path. You, through a little of your time and effort, can cause the same smile on the face of a WPALP program student. If you have been thinking of a way to contribute a small amount of time to really benefit your community, this is the start. We will teach you and give you the tools you need to become a  local hero and have a  wonderful legacy.

Please email your interest to wpalp@ptd.net and I will email you all of the information.



2018 Lamplighter Annual Fundraiser

"A student is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lighted'. Socrates


     Did you know that right now here in Wayne and Pike counties, almost one out of every four people (22%) needs help with basic literacy skills? What a toll that is for those individuals, their potential employers, and our community! 

Thanks to our Lamplighter contributors in 2017, we were able to continue our program without interruption, though it was a close call. In 2011 the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program fell victim to government cost-cutting measures and now receives NO state or federal funding. We have continued offering services since 2011 only because of wise money management, fund-raising activities, and the generous grants/donations of local foundations, churches, service clubs, businesses, and individuals. So, we are turning to you as we launch our 2018 “Lamplighter Campaign”.

     For 30 years, WPALP has served more than 4000 adults--those who come to us with little or no ability to read, those who want to improve English Language and math skills, and those seeking the GED credential, including many inmates in both county correctional facilities. We offer custom-designed instruction prepared and delivered by caring, dedicated volunteer tutors at 40 locations throughout Pike and Wayne counties that are convenient to both the tutors and their students.

     To help you better understand our needs, the annual cost to support one student is a little over $600. That’s right, just $600 covers the cost to recruit, enroll, assess, orient, train, equip, and monitor one student/tutor pair. That means we can meet our annual budget needs with 100 donations of $600 each or 600 donations of $100! With a population of 100,000 in our two counties, that doesn’t seem like an impossible task, does it? However, because we know that you may want to support WPALP in other ways, our Lamplighter Campaign has several levels of giving.  We have a bonus for our Lamplighters this year. If you want public recognition for your donations individually or for your business, you would be listed (with your permission) on our new, state of the art web page. Of course, if you wish to remain anonymous we will honor your wishes as always.

     To help you better understand what WPALP does, here is just one success story, please go to http: wpalp.org. for many more stories of success mad possible by your contributions.

About to lose his family farm, a man, who had dropped out of school in the 8th grade, realized he needed to get an outside job to supplement his income. He found he needed a high school diploma to even apply for the types of jobs he was seeking. With the help of a tutor, he recently got his GED!! 

     Your support will enable us to continue providing free-of-charge, life-changing opportunities to those in need of literacy help. The very survival of WPALP depends on you and your fellow citizens.

Be a Lamplighter! Change someone’s entire world! We so appreciate whatever you can give. 

Annette Petry, Board President                                          Gary D. Linton, Executive Director 


Your SUPPORT is needed right now!                                         2018 Donation Schedule 

*Become a Patron of Literacy  $1,000 +

(With your permission, your name and business information will be added to all our marketing material, new web page and media as a “Literacy Patron” of WPALP)

*Become a Gold Lamplighter  ___________________________________________$600  

(This amount will fund one student/tutor pair for one year!)

*Become a Silver Lamplighter    _________________________________________$300  

*Become a Bronze Lamplighter   ________________________________________$200  

* Be the Flame   __________________________________________________________$100   

*Spread the Light  $ ______________________________________________________Other

**Flame to Patron Check below to allow us to acknowledge your contributions**

*_______I'd like to know more about becoming a volunteer tutor and/or board member.

Name:  _________________________________________________________

Address: _________________________________________________________

Phone: _________________________________________________________

*______Please acknowledge my contributions. All Lamplighters will be featured in ALL 

WPALP publications, web page and marketing and at ALL events throughout the calendar year!

Please check all that apply and return this page with your donation to:

The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program

1406 N. Main Street

Honesdale PA. 18431

The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, donations are tax deductible EIN. # 23-2452219

WPALP has just mailed our 2018 "Lamplighter Annual Fundraiser" If you have not received one and are interested in making a tax deductible contribution to this unique and highly successful program, please call, email  or copy this from and mail. Your help is incalculable to our community.

Wayne Bank

As of today Wayne Bank became our first, "Bronze Level Sponsor", investing in our program and supporting our community (as they always do sucessfully) through our new Sponsorship Program. Please email WPALP for more information on this great way to support our community.

President Lewis J. Critelli's October message

The third weekend in October brings three exciting film festivals to communities throughout our region.

On October 20th, Canal town’s 5th Annual Spookyfest will return to The Cooperage in Honesdale, PA with a selection of short, spooky movies created by area filmmakers, including a spooky commercial from Wayne Bank.

From October 19th-21st, the inaugural Great Western Catskills International Film Festival will take place throughout various venues in Andes, NY with the best in independent film from all over the world.

The Black Bear Film Festival will also return to Milford, PA, from October 19th-21st, with outstanding independent films, celebrities, and special events to promote economic development in the region. Enjoy an entertaining weekend at one of these fantastic local film festivals. 

Lewis J. Critelli, President & Chief Executive Officer Wayne Bank

President Petry receiving a donation from a great area supporter, the Wayne County Bar Association.

Illiteracy in our area is listed at 22% by Pro-Literacy, Inc.

Annette Petry and I received a substantial donation for the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program from the Wayne County Bar Association President, Ronald M. Bugaj, Esq. (Tan Coat) and association members. The Wayne County Bar Association is the place to find any and all legal help you may need.  

Support from our local businesses and associations is our biggest advantage in helping students become productive members of our community.       

The Board accepting a Citation from Sen. Lisa Baker's office for 30 years service to our community.

30 Year Anniversary

WPALP reached a milestone when we celebrated 30 years of community service. 

Pennsylvania Power & Light awarded a $1,000.00 grant to WPALP August 2018

Support to our Communities


“The challenges we face in our communities are complex and there is no easy solution. The goal of the PPL Foundation is to bring together people, ideas and resources to tackle some of these challenges collectively,” said Lissette Santana, Chief Operating Officer of the PPL Foundation. “We’re proud to be able to support nonprofit organizations working to address the issues most relevant to our community”.

President and Tutor Instructor Annette Petry conducting a Tutor workshop for new Tutors.

Tutor Workshop

We hold worshops regularly to keep our Tutors up to date on the latest information and teaching techniques as well as teaching new Tutors.

Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program receives grant from the John & Helen Villaume Foundation.

Community Support

Annette Petry, Board President, and Gary Linton, Executive Director for Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program,
accept a check from Villaume Foundation Board Members, Dr. Paula Bennett and Jon Villaume.

HONESDALE – The Board of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation announced that the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program was selected to receive one of the Foundation’s 2018 community grant awards. Gary Linton, Executive Director, and Annette Petry, Board President, on behalf of Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, received a check for $6,600 from Villaume Foundation board members, Jon Villaume and Dr. Paula Bennett.

Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is a non-profit organization which provides free tutoring, textbooks, and other educational assistance to over 3,500 adults in Wayne and Pike Counties since 1986. Tutoring is offered in several public locations which are close and convenient to the adults in need. For more information regarding the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program, please visit  www.WPALP.org .

The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, established by Honesdale natives John and Helen Villaume, was created to benefit charitable, religious, scientific, literary, and educational programs within Wayne County. Since its inception, the Foundation has made awards totaling over $1,000,000 with Wayne Bank managing the account in the Wealth Management and Trust Services Division of Wayne Bank.

 Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalize Fellowship donation.

Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship donation

The check presentation from the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. To the left is Ms. Pat Sanders from UDUUF, Ms. Elizabeth Wilson, Member of the Board of Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program and Gary D. Linton, Executive Director WPALP. Our thanks to the Fellowship for their work and support.

The Governor's Cabinet in the Community

Fighting for support from Harrisburg


Over 200 people packed the auditorium at Wallenpaupck High School. The town hall forum connected government with members of the community.

Several of Governor Wolf's cabinet members served on the panel. They answered questions ranging from medicare concerns to the recent ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin..However, out of all the topics discussed, it was the opioid crisis that got the most attention from the audience. PA's Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, talked about the recent disaster declaration that the Governor signed to help with treatment and prevention efforts.

Levine says nine agencies, including EMA, Department of Health, and the Department of Alcohol and Drugs will work cohesively to improve treatment and prevention efforts. I attended this meeting yesterday. 

I was selected to be one of the few questioners which gave me the opportunity to inform the cabinet members present about, and to push for, support for adult literacy in Pennsylvania. GDL

New program developed by Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and WPALP

Mapping Your Future

This is an introduction of a new program developed by all of the partners listed. I especially want to thank Cheryl Duquette from Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance and Dr. William R. Schaffer, PhD. Associate Director, Adult Literacy, Northhampton Community College for their support and work in developing this program. The next presentation will be in October, where we will have a expanded presentation.

New grant to help make our community better.

In the Lead, Making a Difference

 The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program is proud to announce that due to collaboration between the Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance, Lackawanna College and WPALP's application for and receipt of a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, we will be expanding our GED tutoring to youths 17 to 21 years of age who are within the juvenile justice system. This program is aimed at preparing these youths for entering employment or higher education once they are released from their probation. This is similar to our already in place tutoring within the Wayne and Pike Correctional Facilities, where our positive intervention has decreased recidivism rates in both counties. If anyone would like to become a volunteer tutor for this program or our program in general please contact me at wpalp@ptd.net. You can leave a positive legacy in our community for only a couple of hours a month 

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