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Your Votes Will Help Us Win a Yelp Foundation Grant!

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Great news! The LIteracy Council of Frederick County has been selected as a 2016 finalist in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest!

Now we need your help, in the form of your daily votes, for us to win a grant of up to $5,000! Here's how it works:

Voting starts on Tuesday, November 29th (Giving Day) and continues thru Friday, December 9th.

Visit the Yelp Foundation voting page to cast your vote for LCFC once per day during that period. You can cast your second vote 24 hours after your first, and so on, through 12/9/16.

It's as simple as that! No personal donation is required to participate in the contest and it only takes a minute.
Share the voting link with your friends and family, and encourage them to cast their votes for LCFC!

Once the voting period has ended, the Yelp Foundation will grant three cash prizes to benefit three local nonprofits, with the Literacy Council among the deserving selectees! First prize will be $5000, second prize $3000, and third prize $2000! The prizes will be awarded according to the total number of votes cast for each organization between November 29th and December 9th.

So please take a moment each day to visit the Yelp Foundation web site and cast your votes for the Literacy Council of Frederick County Maryland. Then, you may receive a confirmation email at the address you provided. If you do, just click on the "Confirm my vote" button in the email to ensure your vote is counted in favor of LCFC.

Thank you for your vote(s) in the contest, and your vote of support for LCFC!


Support the Literacy Council's Holiday Book Drive!

The Literacy Council of Frederick County (LCFC) kicks off their annual Holiday Book Drive on November 1st to benefit “Blessings in a Backpack, Frederick, MD”. 

Blessings in a Backpack, (BIAB), provides weekend backpacks of food to children who depend on school meals as their primary source of nourishment Monday through Friday.  BIAB expects to be serving over 1500 students by the end of 2016 in ten different schools in Frederick County.

The Literacy Council is grateful for its community partners in this effort, Barnes & Noble Booksellers (5500 Buckeystown Pike) and The Curious Iguana in downtown Frederick (12 N. Market St.). 

For those who wish to participate in the program, books may be purchased at either business and donated there for the book drive, or donors may simply purchase a book and drop it off at the Literacy Council’s office at 110 E. Patrick St.  The drive will run through December 15th, but donors may continue to participate through Barnes & Noble until January 1, 2017. 

The book selections should include both elementary and middle school age children.  Often, people like to share a childhood favorite or just encourage the habit of reading in a child.

Last year, the Literacy Council along with our partners, was able to supply more than 2,500 books shared among several agencies including Head Start, the YMCA’s Early Learning Center, Toys for Tots and Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP).  The Holiday Book drive is a natural outgrowth of the Literacy Council’s efforts in the community. Thank you for your support!


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.


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).


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