Give the gift of language and reading skills
Learn to read. Learn to speak English.
“I didn’t want anybody to know I couldn’t read. Now I have freedom.”
“Learning English changed my life and my world. I was ashamed and frustrated.”
Change the world by changing someone’s life.
“This is the most rewarding volunteer work I’ve ever done.”
“Although every student comes with different challenges, all of them share a desire to improve their lives.”
One in ten Frederick County adults is functionally illiterate. Help your neighbors and our entire community. Give the gift of literacy.
“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.”
Adult Literacy Can Change Everything
The ability to read, write and speak English well is fundamental to work, prosperity, health and family stability. See how we are transforming people’s lives and helping to make Frederick County stronger and more prosperous, one student at a time.
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READy for Summer Book Campaign
Help us send a new book home for the summer with children served by Blessings in a Backpack Frederick. Together we can give a new book to each of 1,000 pre-k, kindergarten and first grade children who need them, help combat the decline in reading skills that happens when school is not in session, and ensure that more kids are ready to read and succeed when school starts this fall.
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.