Literacy changes lives.


The Learning Place is a small grassroots organization with an annual operating budget of under $100,000 that relies heavily on volunteers.  We depend on businesses and individual donors to sustain our basic but life-transforming literacy services.  Thousands of adults have gained literacy and English language skills through this support.  

As adults gain literacy skills and confidence, they open doors to employment, make positive contributions to our society, and inspire their children to learn.

When The Learning Place opened in 1990, Phyllis Newland took on the challenge of helping adults in Syracuse who were marginalized by illiteracy and poverty.  This extraordinary transformation - one adult, one family, and one community at a time - is only possible with your support. Thank you very much!

Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help us continue reaching our adult neighbors. Your gift of:


$12 provides a book for one student

$40 provides one adult backpack with school supplies

$75 provides one student assessment

$80 provides office supplies for one month

$500 provides small group instructional materials

$1,000 sponsors a student for one year




To give the Gift of Literacy, use the Donation button below or send to: 


The Learning Place 

501 Park Street

Syracuse, NY 13202







To check out, use your Paypal account.  If you don't have a Paypal account, click on the link "pay with a debit or credit card" and enter your preferred credit card information.  

Include The Learning Place in your estate planning.

For further information about planned giving, please consult your financial advisor or contact The Learning Place at (315) 471-1446.