The Scranton Council of Literacy Advance, also known as SCOLA Volunteers for Literacy, merged with United Neighborhood Centers on April 1, 2011. Because state and federal budget cuts challenged SCOLA’s ability to continue as a non-profit agency, this strategic move enabled SCOLA to continue as a program of UNC, and still use SCOLA’s staff and network of volunteers. Since UNC now provides administrative oversight, a greater portion of SCOLA’s funding can be applied to direct services. The merger also helped UNC expand the range of services it provides to individuals and families, creating more opportunities to empower individuals and build strong interdependent communities. The SCOLA Learning Center provides confidential literacy instruction at no charge to adult residents of Lackawanna County, both native and foreign-born, so that they may acquire the basic reading, writing, and life skills necessary to function effectively in society. As it has for more than 30 years, SCOLA continues to promote literacy for all people through advocacy, support, training, and outreach programs. SCOLA’s former Board of Directors participates in the Services Committee of UNC’s Board.

Services are provided at: Community Education & Revitalization Center
629 Cedar Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505


SCOLA is open: Monday-Thursday Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.