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Support the Literacy Council through the Unity Campaign Today!

The Literacy Council is proud to be one of 19 local non-profits participating in the 2016 Unity Campaign!Literacy Council of Frederick County

One of the most critical measures of the health of a community is how it treats the most vulnerable in it.  Even here in Frederick County, a community of unusual affluence and generosity, thousands today live at risk of hunger and homelessness. The Unity Campaign for Frederick County offers a new approach to strengthening our community by addressing these basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and financial stability as well as services for at-risk children and youth.  Matching funds will magnify your support!

The Literacy Council helps meet basic human needs by providing programs and services for adult learners who are struggling to read, understand and speak English – an estimated 17,000 adults in Frederick County are functionally illiterate.  Literacy is the foundation for adults to be able to provide for their families' basic human needs and achieve financial stability. The skills that we teach can help them increase their income with better paying jobs and thereby better support their families.   Literacy benefits entire families and our community both now and into the future, because the single greatest indicator of a child’s future success is the literacy level of the parents.

The 12-day Unity Campaign runs from September 14th through September 25th. We sincerely appreciate any support you can contribute, whether you use the secure Unity Campaign donations page, or drop a personal check in the mail.

Checks should be made payable to the Unity Campaign and mailed to:The Community Foundation, 312 E. Church Street, Frederick MD 21701.

Please remember to designate the Literacy Council as the beneficiary of your gift, whether online by credit card, or by check. Thank You!

And don't forget that the 2016 Unity Campaign culminates in the Unity Olympiad at Frederick Indoor Sports Center, from 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 25.  Please come out and cheer us on!

Become Inspired! Learn More About The Literacy Council

Literacy Council of Frederick CountyThe 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.

Small Group Classes for Fall, 2016

We have scheduled the following Small Group Classes for September:

- Writing Class 1 - Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 9:30-11:00 am at the LCFC Office

- Writing Class 3 - Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 11am-1pm at the LCFC Office

- Conversation Class - Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 11am-2pm at the LCFC Office

- Conversation Class - Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 10-11:30am at the LCFC Office

- Conversation Class - Tuesday, September 6, 2016, 10-11:30am at the Urbana Senior Center

Please call us at 301-600-2066 to register for these classes.

Tutor Training

Interested in learning more about becoming a Literacy Council volunteer Tutor?

If so, you are invited to participate in a short, no-obligation Tutor Information Session to get all the details. If you decide that you’d like to continue along the path to becoming a tutor, you can then attend one of the scheduled Tutor Training Workshops. You may register for and attend any information session prior to the training workshop you select. The Information Session is a prerequisite for participating in a Tutor Training Workshop, and completion of one Information Session and both Workshop days is required for Tutor Certification.

March 2015 Tutor Training Graduates

Please click here or use the Volunteer Registration quick link to the left to view our schedule of Infomation Sessions and Training Workshops, and to register. You can also register by phone by calling the LCFC office at 301-600-2066.

If you have any questions at all, please call or send us an e-mail.

You can help LCFC meet the continuing need for literacy training in our area by becoming a Certified LCFC Tutor. You'll be joining an elite group of dedicated volunteer tutors, like the partipants in our September, 2015 Workshop, pictured here. Thank you!

Tutor In-Service Sessions Have Resumed!

Tutors, please check the Events page each month for information on upcoming In-Service sessions (on the 2nd Wednesday of each month), and Coffee Chat sessions (on 4th Wednesdays).

New & Improved LCFC Office Hours!

Starting Saturday, June 18th, we will be closed on Saturdays.

Starting Monday, June 20th, we will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For those of you who may have difficulty getting to the office to pick up or return books and other tutoring materals during office hours, we will try our best to help you.  You can arrange, via email, to check out the books you need. They will be packaged and left at the C. Burr Artz Library reference desk on the 2nd floor, or sent to the local FCPL branch nearest you for pickup. (Please note that your books may take up to a week to get to a branch).

You can also return your books to us through the library. To do that, you must package the books together and label the package for the Literacy Council Office. Also include a note with your name in the package so we know who is returning the books and send us an email so we can be on the lookout for your package.

You can do an online search of our literacy library collection to help you choose books and other tutoring materials, then email us with your requests.

To search our literacy library click here, then click on Literacy Council of Frederick County on the next screen, and then type a key word (such as phonics, grammar, math, conversation) into the Find box.

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