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The mission of the Washington Informer Charities is to improve 21st century literacy among children and adults in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.  In pursuit of this mission, WIC develops innovative sustaining programs and scholarship opportunities through partnerships with the public and private sector and non-profit entities.


Since its inception, WIC has provided internships, mentoring and professional training to children and adults through innovative programs aimed at improving the overall rate of literacy throughout the community. The WIC was established by Dr. Calvin W. Rolark, Sr., in July, 1989 and received its tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) organization in July, 2004.  In furtherance of its mission, WIC partners with non-profit, corporate and community partners engaged educational and literacy programs.  


WIC’s focus on literacy, in its various forms, allows us to help children and adults fulfill their dreams and aspirations.


Help us to further our reach out to more children and adults who we want to encourage to not only strive, but thrive!

“ Dr. Calvin Rolark was a teacher and an inspiration to all of us who tried to work for a progressive community and city. He got things accomplished that to others seemed impossible. His dogged determination to see that right is done and justice prevailed carried the day on many issues, and brought along others to try and follow in his footsteps. He and Wilhelmina were truly a dynamic duo.” 

Jack Olender

Attorney at Law