Become Inspired! Learn More About The Literacy Council
The issue of illiteracy is one that affects us all. In Frederick County, 1 in 10 or 17,000 adults are functionally illiterate and cannot read a newspaper or fill out a job application. Since 1963, the Literacy Council has been assisting both American and foreign-born adults in attaining basic reading, writing and English-speaking skills with our free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring services – resulting in lives of greater productivity and communities with a higher quality of life.
Learn about the work of the Literacy Council and how you can make a difference in the lives of fellow residents by watching our new video. We believe you’ll be surprised and moved by what you learn.
Interested in becoming a Literacy Council volunteer Tutor?
Our next Tutor Training workshop will be held on March 7 & 14, from 8:45 – 4:00 each day. Both days are required for tutor certification. No teaching or foreign language experience is required – just the ability to read and speak English and the desire to help a fellow Frederick County resident improve their reading and English language skills.
For more information, please call our office at 301-600-2066 or e-mail us.
To register for the training, click here here or on the Quick Link to the left to use the online Volunteer Registration Form, or call the LCFC office.
Please consider helping LCFC meet the continuing need for literacy training in Frederick County by becoming a Certified LCFC Tutor. You'll be joining an elite group of dedicated volunteer tutors, like the graduates of our September, 2014 training, pictured above. Thank you!
Thank You for Supporting LCFC in the Unity Campaign
Thanks to everyone who supported LCFC with a donation to the Unity Campaign in November. Your donations will help us to expand our services to reach the 1 in 10, or 17,000 Frederick County adults who are functionally illiterate. Last year our volunteers provided over 17,600 hours of their time providing individualized instruction to 254 adults to help them improve their reading, writing and English language skills. This is a 119% increase from 2011, and the need continues to grow. Our goal is to help 300 people in 2015.
Literacy has a direct impact both on these individuals and on Frederick County's economy and quality of life. Literacy is the necessary first step for many to become employed in a job that pays a living wage and allows individuals to afford the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and medical care for themselves and their families. This also benefits the whole community by expanding the tax base, developing an educated workforce that draws new employers with high quality jobs, and reducing the demands on health, social and police services. And the children of literate parents are generally more successful in school, breaking the cycle of illiteracy within families.
Your generous donations to the Unity Campaign will enable us to support our literacy programs and provide the books and teaching materials needed to help even more of our neighbors to improve their lives through literacy during the coming year.
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