Literacy Services of Wisconsin

2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Nonprofit of the Year – Small Finalist

Literacy Services of Wisconsin

555 N. Plankinton Ave., Milwaukee

Even in the age of information, illiteracy in adults remains a serious problem. Almost 1.3 million U.S. students drop out of school annually.

Adults who lack basic literacy skills face barriers to education and employment, but Literacy Services of Wisconsin helps people face these challenges head-on. 

Since 1965, LSW has helped thousands gain reading and educational skills. Nearly 500 tutors help carry out the organization’s mission.

In July 2017, LSW merged with Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services. The combined organization provides a variety of free programs for adults, among them English Language Learning and Adult Basic Education. A Functional Literacy sub-program focuses on financial literacy, computer literacy and workforce readiness.

“Since our merger, we’ve seen a lot of growth. It’s been a really wonderful experience to see two shared histories come together to create a new vision for adult literacy in the city,” said Holly McCoy. 

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