It is with great gratitude, that we announce that the Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) is a recipient of $3,000.00 grant from the Richard L. Snyder Fund at the Greater Pike Community Foundation. This fund has supported so many organizations working for the betterment of Pike County, that we here are humbled by their support of us.
WPALP has been working to help individuals become independent of social programs and give them a chance to be positive contributors of their families, themselves and our community for 33 years. With illiteracy at 22% in North East Pennsylvania, our work will never be done. But, with the health issues and the employment disruptions caused by the Covid 19 crisis. We, as a not-for –profit have been begging for support. As many businesses were lost and many disrupted, it is hard to ask someone concerned with survival to be generous and think beyond their own difficulties at this time, even for a program as important as ours.
Being the only surviving adult literacy program in NE Pennsylvania is a huge responsibility, made more so by so many being out of work. Pennsylvania law states that you need a high school diploma or GED to be hired for employment. Those grandfathered in to their jobs before this law, who have now lost employment will have to gain their GEDs before they can be re-employed. Without funds or transportation to attend classroom programs in colleges, WPALP is their only resource. We cannot allow this program to fail.
This grant will allow us to continue, and increase our GED program within Pike County for the new influx of individuals who desperately need to go back to work.
Again, our humble gratitude to an organization that always supports our community in every way. Please support the Greater Pike Community Foundation and their Richard L Snyder fund. It is a great investment as we all benefit because it makes our community better for all of us.
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