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Literacy Council of Frederick County

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The Literacy Council of Frederick County was recently selected as "One of the Best" nonprofits by Catalogue for Philanthropy
May 2019
Adult Literacy Changes Everything ...
  • Health. Gender equality. Poverty.
  • Every important social issue is impacted by low literacy.
  • When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math, and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment, and ultimately change their lives. 
Yet ... one in ten Frederick County adults struggle with functional literacy.  This includes native English speakers who can't read or write, and English language learners. These skills are fundamental to work, prosperity, health, and family stability.

The Literacy Council of Frederick County's more than 130 trained volunteers contributed over 17,600 hours last year and conducted individual tutoring and class instruction in beginning literacy, conversation, pronunciation, basic computer skills, writing and civics classes for over 260 adults. 

Each year adult learners achieve goals such as getting better jobs, gaining access to health care, supporting their children's education, and U.S. citizenship. All these help to contribute to improving their financial stability and the well-being and prosperity of our whole community.

For 56 years, the Literacy Council has worked in Frederick County to serve adult learners. In that time, more than 8,500 adult learners have achieved their goals. The implications of low literacy are significant and directly affect financial stability for individuals and their families.
Many of our students fall within ALICE household metrics, experiencing financial hardships, are unemployed or underemployed, or working multiple part-time minimum wage jobs. While these are multifaceted and complex issues, adult literacy is the one factor that can have a positive impact across the board.

The Unity Campaign helps the Literacy Council to raise the financial support necessary to provide literacy programs by providing an efficient and community-wide platform to raise awareness and much-needed funds. 

The funds raised will support the Literacy Council's Basic Literacy (native English speakers) and English as a Second Language programs, including two new initiatives:
  • Parent Outreach Program: Increase the literacy and English language skills of parents of young children to enhance early childhood development, school readiness and school success by partnering with The Judy Center and Hillcrest, Lincoln and Waverly Elementary Schools.
  • Workplace Literacy Program: Increase workplace literacy and English skills in the hospitality and social service jobs to improve employment opportunities and provide a long-term, lasting solution to financial stability.
The Unity Campaign has been critical to expanding our programs over the last four years, and represents our largest source of donations from individuals, connecting the Literacy Council with other nonprofits for referrals, and has helped to raise awareness about literacy as a community issue that prevents many Frederick County adults from achieving financial stability.
How Your Gift Matters

Here are just a few examples of how your contribution makes a difference:

$1,000 - Supports the development of workplace literacy programs.

$750 - Keeps our classroom, 5 study rooms and lending library operating for one week, providing a place to tutor 50 learners.

$500 - Helps to train a cadre of 20 new volunteer tutors.

$260 - Pays for an online subscription to a weekly newspaper for our adult learners.

$115 - Keeps our classroom, 5 study rooms and lending library operating for students and tutors for one day.

$50 - Provides the first level of books for one student and tutor.

$30 - Covers the cost of workbooks for one student for one curricular level.

Incentive Match Sponsors
Through the generosity of our Incentive Match sponsors, 100% of your contribution goes directly to the designated Nonprofit. In addition, your individual gift is boosted because a portion of your donation is matched by the sponsors.

In-Kind Sponsors
The Frederick News-Post 
Manning Media, Inc.

Forefront Digital Media


Sass Magazine


If you would like to give your donation via cash or check, please fill out this form and bring or mail your donation to United Way of Frederick County at 629 N. Market St. in Frederick. 

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