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The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society promotes literacy in the North Okanagan-Shuswap area through awareness, collaborative partnerships, and education in order to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and the community.

How to Help

The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society is a non-profit charitable organization dependent upon funding, donations, and volunteer support to deliver its community programs. Here are some ways to help:


  • Good quality books and/or magazines to the “Spread the Word” community book bin exchange program
  • Good quality books to the “Jam the GM” children’s book drive during Family Literacy Week each January
  • Cash or cheque to LASS; you will get a charitable tax receipt (please make sure to include your full name including middle initial and mailing address)
  • Cash to LASS via Canada Helps using our “Donate Now” button in the sidebar or visiting our Canada Helps web page



  • Tutor a senior in our Cyber Seniors Computer Tutoring Program
  • Read with school children in our One to One Children’s Literacy Program
  • Tutor ESL (English as a Second Language) and/or adult learners at Okanagan College


  • Unplug & Play events in January during Family Literacy Week
  • Bring a Book to Work Week during Family Literacy Week
  • Spend time reading with your family every day
  • Take part in free events at your local public library
  • Read every day
  • Enroll in a class or participate in a workshop
  • Become a member of LASS (download the membership form and drop off at Salmon Arm Stationery or mail it to us)
  • Contact Darcy Calkins, Literacy Outreach Coordinator, for a literacy presentation to your staff, service club, Parent Advisory Committee, or other organization
  • Write a letter of support for LASS (download and edit the template here: Letter of Support.doc or Letter of Support PDF)
  • Give books as gifts, especially to children
  • Sign up for our monthly newsletter (in the side bar to the right)
  • Follow us on Facebook

Send letters of support and/or donations to:

Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS)
PO Box 54
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
(250) 463-4555

For information on programs, donating, volunteering, or memberships:

Darcy Calkins, LOC:
Sierre Allison, Assistant LOC:

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.