History of The Council
The Literacy Council of Frederick County (LCFC) is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonsectarian organization founded in October 1963. It was organized when some women of Church Women United, while assisting the area's migratory farm workers, discovered that many of them could not read. A trainer from the Koinonia Foundation near Baltimore, of which Dr. Frank C. Laubach was president, trained the volunteers in the Laubach method of teaching reading.
After the migratory workers moved on, the tutors soon discovered that many native-born Frederick residents, over 10% of the population, also needed their help, and tutoring continued year round.
The Council was housed in the Schaeffer Center of the Evangelical Lutheran Church for many years before moving into the C. Burr Artz Library in 1982.
An average of over 200 adults have been tutored annually, and over 3000 tutors have been recruited and trained. Since the mid 1970's, an ever-increasing percentage of requests for help have come from foreign-born immigrants needing to learn English. Currently about 75% of our students are learning English As a Second Language.
LCFC is an affiliate of ProLiteracy, which was formed in 2002 by the merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America. We are supported through membership dues and community donations.