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Community Learning Center changes lives every day through programs that build academic skills as well as confidence and perseverance.

We are deeply grateful to our dedicated teachers, tutors, and supporters who make a difference everyday. But it truly does take a village, and that is why we need your support. By joining together, we can build a better community.


Learn more about ways to get involved below.

Donate food to food bank or give money to hungry people in Philadelphia


Your tax-deductible donation to Community Learning Center helps adult learners work towards literacy, language skills, citizenship, and better jobs.

Share food access guide in Philadelphia


Subscribe to our newsletter and share the word with individuals looking to complete their GED, learn English as a second language and improve skills and work readiness.

Volunteer to stop hunger and food insecurity in Philadelphia


Give your time to teach digital literacy, English skills and more. Must have a bachelor’s degree to tutor. No degree needed for other volunteer roles.

Contribute to Philly Food Finder or Share Food Program

Attend an Event

Attend our Annual Spelling Bee. Packed with wordsmithery and such, this year’s event may go virtual to protect the safety and health of all.

CLC’s Gift of Literacy Certificates

Give a Gift of Literacy

Give the gift that gives back. Imagine if everyone in Philadelphia had the skills needed to pursue a life of purpose and dignity. CLC helps make this dream a reality. By joining together, we can build a better community. Learn more information about the ways you can contribute to someone’s education and professional development.

$30: GED Test Voucher for One Subject for One Learner

Did you know that each of the four subject tests required for the GED costs $30? Your gift of $30 covers the cost of registration for the Reading, Math, Science, or Social Studies test for one motivated learner.

$75: School Supplies for One Learner

Back to school shopping can be a major financial burden for many of the learners we serve. Your gift of $75 covers the cost of school supplies for one learner, including calculators, online learning resources, notebooks, folders, and pencils. 

$120: GED Test Vouchers for All Subjects for One Learner

The total cost of $120 for the GED test is daunting for our leaners. Your gift of $120 covers the cost of registration for the Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies tests so that a learner may reach their goal of graduation.

$400: Support Professional Development for One Instructor

Allow a teacher to grow from special training and professional development opportunities. Your gift of $400 provides an instructor with a scholarship that covers the cost of registration for the annual PA Conference on Adult Literacy.

$25 Recurring: Give Where It’s Needed Most

Your sustaining gift of $25 each month helps us build a strong community of prepared and motivated learners. With your ongoing support, we can provide the literacy supplies and materials required for our learning community.

We push boundaries

Give Through Your Workplace

Double or triple your gift to the Community Learning Center by submitting a matching gift through your employer. Interested in becoming a sponsor? At the Community Learning Center (CLC), we value our partners and take pride in the long term relationships we build. We look forward to working with you to create valuable business opportunities that deliver real change for individuals, families, and communities.

Our network includes 7 Literacy Program Sites Citywide, 12 Board Members, and many talented volunteers and Instructors that serve over 1,2000 learners annually.

Learner Level - $1,200 and above

• Logo placement at community events
• Website and social media recognition
• Coordinated volunteer opportunity for employees

Advocate Level - $5,000 and above

• Prime logo placement at community events
• Website, social media, and newsletter recognition
• Ongoing volunteer opportunities for employees

Graduate Level - $10,000 and above

• Speaking opportunity at community events (i.e. Spelling Bee, Graduation Day)
• Exclusive logo placement at events
• Website and social media recognition
• Sponsor feature in newsletter
• Curated and coordinated volunteer opportunities for employees



Adult Learners

More Ways To Donate

Give Online

Looking for a convenient and quick way to donate? Donate to CLC Online

Donate in Person

Donate to us in person at our physical location! View our hours at the bottom of the page.

Donate Through Venmo

You can donate to us through Venmo, search CLCphilly on the Venmo app to give today!

Mail A Check

You can mail us a check to our address here at: 2701 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132.


Make a Legacy Gift

By including the Community Learning Center in your estate plans, you can create a lasting legacy to ensure that we bring basic skills to all low-income adults in Philadelphia. Future gifts provide a sustainable source of flexible funds that will advance access to education for CLC students. We encourage you to speak with your legal and tax advisors for more information.

Make a Distribution From Your IRA

Tax laws allow donors to make a distribution from an IRA to a charitable organization without being taxed. Your donation must be a direct transfer from your IRA to Community Learning Center completed by 12/31 of the current year.

Donate Items From Our Amazon Wishlist

You can help us replace worn-out supplies and invest in better equipment so we can continue to offer free classes to low-income adults in Philadelphia. Items are shipped directly to CLC and donations are tax deductible. Make sure to include your information in the order! If you mark the gift anonymous, we will not have a record of your donation. 

Click Here For Our Amazon Wishlist

Volunteer with Us

Individual and Group Volunteers:

  • Reading & Math Tutoring
  • Job Interview Practice
  • Resume and Job Search Activities
  • Basic Computer Skill Instruction
  • Clerical/Office Support

Orientation and Training provided for all volunteers.

Volunteer today

Must have a bachelor’s degree to tutor. No degree needed for other volunteer roles. Email to get started!

Corporate volunteers

Together, we can advance adult literacy and improve our shared communities. Email to design your perfect sponsorship today!

Volunteer Opportunities for Your Employees:

Let CLC be your one point of contact to arrange volunteer opportunities at multiple program locations:

  • Participate in an ESL conversation class (designed to help learners improve verbal English skills)
  • Provide volunteer support for a fundraising or awareness event
  • Interview students to develop stories about their experiences and successes
    Tutor a learner (longer-term volunteer opportunity)
  • Workforce Development Workshops
    Beautify a classroom or learner library

Attend an Event

CLC Annual Spelling Bee

Why should kids get all the fun? At CLC’s premier ‘Spelling Bee’, three adult teams from Exude, Citizens Bank, and CLC battled it out to determine the best spellers in the area during this inaugural fundraiser. The competition was hosted at PECO with award winning actor, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr. as the event’s engaging emcee. Win or lose, the participants all agreed the Spelling Bee was a rousing success and the first of what will become CLC’s signature annual event. 

Many Thanks To These Generous Sponsors!

Join Our Newsletter!

Sign up for the CLC mailing list! We send out a quarterly newsletter and occasionally share other important updates throughout the year. We take your privacy seriously and will never inundate you with emails.

UPDATE: We are still providing services remotely during the pandemic and have free resources to help you learn.