Give the gift of language and reading skills

For Learners

Create the life you want through English language skills.
“Learning English changed my life and my world. I was ashamed and frustrated.”

For Volunteers

Impact a life, strengthen a family, and transform a community.
“This is the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done.”

For Donors

Give the gift of literacy. Your community depends on it.
“Learning how to speak English not only helps employees on the job, but opens the doors to education and economic opportunity, benefiting the entire community.”

Due to the current Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and following guidance from Frederick County and Maryland public health officials, the LCFC office is closed to the public through April 30th.  Classes held at the Literacy Council and other locations are cancelled until further notice. Tutors and students: please refrain from meeting in person, and consider other means of tutoring that can be done online such as via Skype, WhatsApp, or simply by telephone.

Refer to our COVID-19 Updates page for further information:

The latest updates, facts, and information about the novel coronavirus can be found on the Maryland Department of Health website or at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact: Our team is teleworking and can be reached at: or (301) 600-2066

Please stay safe!

Scrabble® Mania Online Silent Auction for Literacy

Many thanks to all who supported our Scrabble® Mania for Literacy online auction fundraiser through the BiddingOwl platform!

Proceeds from this auction will support our tutoring, community classes, parent and workplace literacy programs, so our adult learners gain the fundamental reading and other English language skills that are critical to carrying out everyday life functions, providing for their families and contributing to the well-being and prosperity of our community.

We wish we could thank our Scrabble® sponsors, silent auction contributors and bidders, volunteers, and all other participants in person, but please view our sincere appreciation to all in our special Tribute Book.

Contact us at or 301-600-2066 with any questions.

What’s Happening

Stay in the loop with the Literacy Council’s latest news, upcoming events, and organizational impact by clicking the buttons below. Then help create opportunities in our community through the gift of literacy and make a donation today! See links below.

Become a Volunteer Tutor!

Enroll in a tutor training workshop to learn to teach adults to read or to speak English. New adult learners come in every week asking for help, and we are now reaching out to parents of young children in Title I schools who need literacy services – the need for  more tutors is great. Retired teachers are especially welcome for this new initiative. View our current schedule of Tutor Training Workshops here.

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Stuff the Bus!

The Literacy Council is again participating as a drop-off location to collect school supplies for the United Way’s Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive.  Drop off new items Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 6 – August 12, at the entryway to our office or visit to make a financial donation.

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Seeking Qualified Applicants for Part-Time Workplace Literacy ESL Instructors

The Literacy Council is seeking experienced ESOL instructors to join a collaborative team who display a high degree of professionalism, intercultural sensitivity, a belief in lifelong learning, and a strong commitment to adult learners.  As part of this capacity building effort, we are seeking applicants for part-time Workplace Literacy Program Instructors to conduct the classes.

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