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 learning more about becoming a Literacy Council volunteer Tutor?
If so, you are invited to participate in a literacy tutor training pilot program that will combine on-line learning with two shorter in-person training sessions. The first step is to attend our no-obligation orientation session, to be held on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. at our downtown Frederick office.
Following this brief orientation session, you will have the opportunity to enroll in the subsequent on-line and in-person training segments.
The in-person sessions will also be held at the LCFC office, on Wednesdays, January 21 & 28, from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. The on-line portion of the training is to be completed between the orientation and the first in-person session.
All are welcome to attend the orientation session, but participation in the follow-on training will be limited to ten applicants. Please note that completion of the orientation, on-line and in-person training segments is required for tutor certification.
Please consider helping LCFC meet the continuing need for literacy training in Frederick County by becoming part of this pilot program. You'll be joining an elite group of dedicated volunteer tutors, like the graduates of our September, 2014 training, pictured above. Click here to access the Volunteer Registration form. 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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