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2017 Congressional Baseball Game

The programs at the Washington Literacy Center have benefited from the support of the Congressional Baseball Game for more than 20 years. The bi-partisan event started over 100 years ago and most recently has become the Congressional Sports for Charity Foundation. Members of the United States Congress from each party come together to support DC area charities, and they have become friends of WLC. The bipartisan event brought out thousands to Nationals Park on June 21 st to watch members of Congress take to the field. The normally fun-filled event took a more somber tone this year following a shooting at a team practice just days before the game. The Washington Literacy Center received s

Congressional ballgame goes on despite shooting

The Congressional Baseball Game will go as planned Thursday at Nationals Park after Democrats and Republicans called for bipartisan unity in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting. "This bipartisan event shows baseball's power to bring people together," the Nationals said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those wounded today and their families." Rep. Steve Scalise, a member of the Republican baseball team, was hospitalized Wednesday after a gunman opened fired while Republican members of Congress were practicing Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia ahead of the annual charity baseball game. Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as th

US House Whip, 3 Others Shot, Wounded at Congressional Baseball Practice in Virginia

A gunman who police say opened fire on a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Virginia, shooting House Majority Whip Steven Scalise and three others, died following a shootout with law enforcement officers, President Donald Trump said. Witnesses, including as many as 22 members of Congress who were at the field for the early-morning practice, described a terrifying scene, with the gunman reloading while standing on the field and the wounded congressman "screaming for help." "Everybody probably would have died except for the fact that the Capitol Hill police were there, and the only reason they were there was because we had a member of [House] leadership on our tea

Volunteers Needed

We are always looking for volunteers, and currently need volunteer reading and math tutors, administrative volunteers who can contribute by answer phones, making fundraising calls, and supporting special events. We are still looking for a volunteer coordinate who will be response for volunteer outreach and coordination. If you would like to sponsor your own event in your home or business for WLC, please call Tom Hay at (202) 387-9029 or email at Thank you to our long-time supporters who have stuck with us for many years through the best and most difficult times. We also appreciate our new supporters who make a difference and help build capacity for the future. A special tha

Why Do We Frequently Ask for Donations?

The cost of adult education is expensive, and the funds that we receive from State and Federal resources do not cover even half of the costs necessary to provide the quality education, resources and services to operate. On average, we receive about $2,233.00 per student from the government, but the cost of attendance is approximately $8,400.00 per student. WLC has to cover the remaining amount through grants and contributions totaling about $6,000 per student, or roughly an additional $40,000 per month to operate. When those costs are not met, it creates a cash gap that makes it difficult to delivery quality services. The reason that we are actively reaching out for contributions, applying f

WLC Progress

We are pleased with the progress that we have made over the last year. We continue to grow and work on improvement, and over the last twelve months we have: Launched pilot classes that include culinary literacy, and an innovative partnership with the Washington English Center that focuses on literacy for non-native speakers, who are fluent in English. Increased outside integrated learning and career opportunities, Added the CEO of The Great Courses as a new board member and will partner to bring resources that benefit our students. Partner with researchers to find innovative approaches and tools that advance students in reading, math, and other skills to help them advance. Established a stra

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