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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: We are a volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free, individualized, one-on-one literacy, math, GED, and ESL instruction to interested low-income adults and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County.

Results: There were 254 active tutor/student matches during 2019 and over 300 county inmates who received free literacy and math instruction. Goals achieved included GEDs, jobs, better-paying jobs, entry into trade/technical schools, and improved quality of life. There is no charge to the student for books, tutoring, or assessments they receive, and they can meet in any public location at convenient days and times for individualized instruction.

Target demographics: low-income adults and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County, MD

Direct beneficiaries per year: 254 county adults and out-of-school youth and over 300 inmates at Jennifer Rd. Detention Center and Ordnance Rd. Correctional Center.

Geographic areas served: Anne Arundel County, MD

Programs: We provide free, individualized, one-on-one literacy and math instruction for low-income adults and out-of-school youth in our county.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working as a tutor with Anne Arundel County Literacy Council since 2013. The organization and the Director, Lisa Vernon, have been supportive, innovative, and imaginative. When I have needed help with a student, I have gotten an immediate response. When I need assistance, at least one if not more members of the Council will respond and help me. After my recent retirement I asked for more students. Within a week I had two more students and books to use with them. Members of the Council contacted me throughout the first two weeks to check in on the students and our work. It is wonderful to work with an organization that is well-organized and has motivated members.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literary Council does an amazing job of preparing adult students to receive their high school diplomas and to become better, more capable and more educated members of society . The organization provides all study materials, essential coaching for tutors, and necessary support and expertise for hundreds of students and volunteers throughout the county. This lean non-profit is to be commended for delivering excellence on a shoestring budget!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both its executive director, Lisa Vernon, and the entire staff of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC) do a splendid job of supporting the important work of the scores of volunteer tutors striving to improve the reading, writing, math and English skills of low-income and out-of-school youth in our Maryland county. I retired one year ago and I find that working with my student is highly, highly gratifying. People often say how wonderful it is that I am helping my student to improve her literacy. However, I believe this work is equally rewarding to me personally. The AACLC deserves all the credit. They do a marvelous job.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When people ask me about myself, one of the first things I tell them that besides being a wife and mother, I'm a volunteer for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. This organization is such a big part of my life. I tutor one on one with adults who want to improve their English and I've also taught Math and Basic Literacy to students where English is their first language. As I meet with my students each week I can see their self confidence grow. They are engaging more in their communities and making them stronger. Parents who read tend to have children who read so the Literacy Council is helping to make long terms improvements in families here in Anne Arundel County. All training, books and assessments are provided free and since the tutoring is done on an individual basis you can be flexible on when and where you meet with your student. I'm not a teacher by trade, I'm a teacher by heart and am so glad I decided to do this.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the last almost 4 years now I have gone from AACLC provided training, to getting my first student (who I still and working with), working with many members for my first students family and friends. to now being a ESL tutor coordinator along with my wife. I can't recommend the organization enough for the support provided and then the joy I have received by being part of the Brooklyn Park Spanish speaking community. I love being a part of this community as I watch students go from not being confident being part of the English speaking community to being the resources for their family and friends in being the liaison to that community. If you enjoy teaching and learning and making a difference in Anne Arundel County, this is the place for you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After our daughter had such a positive experience serving as a summer college intern with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, my wife and I decided to begin serving as volunteer tutors. We had always thought that literacy is such an important component in a community and we wanted to do our part with a reputable organization. Our path to becoming tutors started with being contacted by friendly and knowledgeable staff and being invited to a couple of weekend training events. We learned so much during the training and then were assigned students to begin supporting their path to future literacy and math improvement. We are greatly enjoying working with our students, one who needs assistance with math, and the other who is an English as a second language student The AACLC continues to provide excellent support and training as we try to provide the best assistance to the most valued part of the AACLC, our Students!!!

Bob and Mary Anne Stoner

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is one of the best and most rewarding organizations I have worked with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is a great way to give back to our community! I have been volunteering with them for the past 5 years and have loved my interactions with both our students and tutors. It has been humbling to learn how many students struggle to find time to study with us, to improve their lives, while juggling one or two jobs and a family. Adult education has opened doors for many of our students who have moved on to studying or finding work in their field of choice. A success story for our students, be it big or as simple as getting a mathematical concept right, is a delight to experience. Volunteering for the AACLC has been a wonderful experience that I will always treasure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AACLC is a truly committed volunteer organization with a focus on empowering adults and improving their lives through literacy training. I joined as a volunteer a few months back and have been extremely impressed by the very dedicated organizing team. Their warmth and compassion as well as attention to detail benefit the students and tutors making it a wonderful experience for both. I am truly lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the AACLC and look forward to a long collaboration with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is a well-established, expertly run organization, having received the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award for the 8th consecutive year. The volunteers who donate their time and talent in different areas are some of the finest people I've ever met and worked with. I have seen firsthand the differences they make in improving the lives of our students--sometimes it's just boosting the confidence and self-worth of the student; other times it's working with the student to get their diploma; and just as important are the tutors who help their students learn the English language. I am proud to be a part of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As Student Coordinator for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, I am the voice of the student. I admire the students for their courage to contact us and their determination to continue with their studies, and I congratulate them on their successes. None of this would be possible without our free, one-on-one tutoring, which is exactly the type of assistance they need. I am proud to be associated with the AACLC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a tutor and volunteer for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, I appreciate the support from the Tutor Coordinator when I have questions about how best to serve my student. She offers insight, suggests materials to use, recommends activities and always has kind words of encouragement and appreciation. The collaboration and dedication of the staff to find each student the best possible tutor available is amazing. I am fortunate to be a part of such a well organized, positive and progressive organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with the Literacy Council has been such a great experience for me. I find there is such a big need to help adults improve their reading, writing, and math abilities. The Literacy Council is the only group that has the flexibility to match busy tutors and students together to make it work.

2 Emily Gillespie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with AACLC since 2013, first as a tutor, and presently as Coordinator of New Student Assessments. This is a team of people whose good work makes me personally feel uplifted, and when you meet the many students being served by AACLC, you will realize that it is a dynamic force in the community, helping many people achieve their educational and life goals.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be an AACLC Volunteer and board member since 2012.
AACLC is an excellent nonprofit with talented staff, tutors, assessors, and board members who are dedicated and passionate about helping our students succeed. During my time volunteering with the Council, over 400 low-income adults and out-of-school youth have Improved their job prospects, secured employment, earned GEDs, gained citizenship, and improved the quality of their lives through enhancing their literacy, math, and English skills.

Thomas Vernon
Board Member

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer board member. The work of the literacy Council is urgently needed in our county as well as other counties in our State. It helps to improve the lives of the students and their families. It improves their self esteem, helps them to get better jobs and is a pathway to higher earnings and a better standard of living. It is a winning situation for all. The highest of praise goes to the individuals who tutor the people who are in need of reading skills for they are truly angels to the students and their community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What better way to improve your community than by helping others learn to read? Improving the ability to read also improves people's health (reading pill bottles), mobility (getting a drivers license), parenting skills (helping with homework, reading to their kids!), ... The list goes on and on. This organization not only helps people who cannot read, but also helps people who are trying to get high school diplomas and enter community college.

I was a part of this organization - at several levels - for about 14 years. It was and remains a great place to spend your volunteer time, or your donation money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council has proven to deliver both confidence and achievement– not only to the students they serve– but to their volunteer tutors, as well. New tutors and students emerge with a sense of value, purpose and accomplishment as a result of training and support provided by AACLC's leadership. Because instruction is one-on-one, students benefit from lesson plans tailored to suit them, and tutors are granted the flexibility to do so. In a matter of weeks, my ESL student described being able to interact with school personnel in a manner in which she had not been able to do before. After two months, she was able to help her neighbor complete multiple forms and legal documents at the US Post Office due to the instructional material she had practiced. AACLC's comprehensive efforts are best described as a perpetual ripple that positively impacts the lives of residents in Anne Arundel County.

3 jseiss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with the Literacy Council for a few years. This group is well-organized and effective. Volunteers are very kind and generous with their time. Our work is local to Anne Arundel County—last year we collectively donated more than 13k hours to help adults improve their lives. This is a great organization to get involved with if you want to make a difference in your own community — new students seeking help come along every week. The staff is helpful and flexible. There are lots of resources for tutor volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer with this well-organized and effective literacy-, math-, and GED-tutoring nonprofit. All of the tutors and volunteers are generous with their time and driven by an incredible desire to help others. All of our work is local to Anne Arundel County—last year we collectively donated 13k hours to help adults improve their lives. This is a great organization to get involved with if you want to make a difference in your own community. Very rewarding and flexible experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many years ago, I worked for a literacy council in Northern Virginia, which I found to be very rewarding. Then I moved to Maryland and I worked as a tutor for the AACLC. It is an incredible organization with a passionate leader. I was well-trained and well-supported. For years I’ve given money to them as a charitable gift donation. I feel if you help one person to read, it has a domino effect on all the people that are connected to him or her. For example, if they can now read the bus schedule, they can get to work on time. It is empowering to teach someone to read and AACLC empowers the tutors and their students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does so much to attend to the literacy needs of so many. I have never worked with such dedicated volunteers and seen the lives of their clients impacted so profoundly. Helping people to read or read better has a domino effect on the community. By helping one person, you positively affect everyone around them nurturing independence, productivity and a better quality of life.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council provides adults with free, individualized literacy and math instruction. AACLC staff assess each prospective student and match the student with a volunteer tutor who has undergone training in adult literacy education. Student books, tutoring, and assessments are provided free of charge. Student goals include earning a GED, finding a job, and obtaining a driver license. The impact of improved reading skills can be life-changing for the individual learner. AACLC is led by an outstanding Executive Director and has a stable and committed Board of Directors. Tutors are recruited from the community and undergo detailed training before being matched with a student. The enthusiasm of the tutors, Board members, staff, and students is obvious and the impact of AACLC's work is felt throughout our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a new literacy tutor and am very happy with the excellent training we received from the Literacy Council and have been pleased with the efficiency and organizational skills of this group. I am very pleased to be included among the trained tutors. This is a critical organization for the people in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This review is on the Anne Arundel County Literacy program.
I was involved in teaching adults Math in their literacy program so my students could pass their GED requirements.
It was a great experience as the students were there because they wanted to learn. Each student started off as being afraid of math but soon learned that it could be enjoyable if they just took their time and learned each step. They felt rewarded each day in their learning and they found that math was not drudgery but a wonderful way to master something that seemed to hard in the past.
I presented this literacy program to a group "Calvary Methodist Men". They were so impressed with the success that Anne Arundel County Literacy Council was having in the community they immediately made a donation. This year they have also planned to make a donation. They were hoping to make this contribution in December when a angel adds 50% to any donation up to a certain amount. They will probably donate each year.
Yeah Team,
Pete Schanck

4 Jill11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Anne Arundel County Literacy Council since 2013. I am constantly impressed by the devotion and professionalism of the leadership, as well as my fellow volunteers. We strive to keep costs low for our students, but provide the most user-friendly resources for our volunteers and clients. How do you break the cycle of poverty? Perhaps one student at a time! With our one-on-one tutoring, we are able to focus on the client’s needs, rather than just plow through books. We need your support. Please give generously and volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AACLC is a wonderful organization dedicated to eradicating illiteracy in Anne Arundel County. As a volunteer for the past year, I am truly impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm of all involved with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with the AA County Literacy Council, Inc. since I retired from federal service 15 months ago and I am happy to be part of this amazing group of volunteers! The very small staff could not be more supportive and responsive. The care and compassion displayed aby all involved is a wonderful model for helping others achieve their goals and live their best lives. I appreciated the initial training and the auxiliary training opportunities offered throughout the year. I work with GED students at Ordnance Road Correctional Center (ORCC) 1x per week and on a weekly basis I tutor an ESOL student.....it is rewarding to see the students t ORCC improve their life skills, earn their GEDs, and gain confidence in themselves. Metrics demonstrate that those who earn their GED do not return to jail as often! The woman I tutor in ESOL is amazing. She works so hard and continues to surpass her goals.....and best of all....I have a new friend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Deborah. I met Jill 4 years ago at the Lighthouse Shelter 4 years ago. I know it was Jill from her smile. We started with Book 1. I know my letters . The flash cards help me learn new words. We ended Book 1 and I earned my certificate. I showed it to everybody at Lighthouse and my family. They were all prod of me. So was I. We have fun at our lessons. I love learning to read and write. I was proud to earn that Book 2 certificate. We have worked through more books and are reading lots of stories. I know more answers and I love cursive writing. I can read signs at the museum and the zoo. I go to meetings at my apartment. I sing the songs at church. When the doctor gives me directions, Jill and I read them together. We both are learning how to be healthy. Thank God I can work with Jill and improve my reading and writing. Never give up. You work hard and people will help you. God will help you. Thanks for the free books. Thanks for the certificates. I only have to pay for my school supplies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In all my many years of volunteering, working with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council has by far been the most fulfilling, rewarding, and pleasant experiences I've had. Tutoring one-on-one with functionally illiterate adults has been more than just gratifying for me as a tutor but empowering students with skills of this kind adds more than just a skill, it grows self-confidence, self-worth, and develops new skills many of these students never even thought they could ever have. Leadership is wonderfully and genuinely supportive.
Working with such great folks helped me enjoy" changing the world one person at a time"

3 marymac1952

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a volunteer tutor for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council In 2012. Soon after, I became a member of the Board of Directors. I have seen firsthand the superb work all our volunteers and tutors do. Every single person goes above and beyond. But the one person who has exemplified everything this organization stands for is Lisa Vernon, Executive Director. She is tenacious in promoting the Literacy Council. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For many years, I wanted to volunteer as a tutor, but because of my work schedule, I never could attend the training. When I retired, one of the first things I did was sign up for the tutor training. I love helping others improve their lives. AACLC provides tremendous support to the tutors and students. It is truly an organization that keeps on giving...and giving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I was looking for a way to embrace and welcome the growing community of non -native English speaking adults in Anne Arundel County. When I saw an AACLC flyer posted in the library for a Literacy tutor training workshop, I signed up! From that workshop to each interaction with the patient and encouraging core of volunteer staff, I've only experienced appreciation, respect and willingness to answer questions and help with how to best to serve my student. They are organized, efficient and committed to their tutors and students by providing ongoing training, resources ( they provide books at no cost to the student), compassion and encouragement. That's a big deal. With years of experience as a volunteer for different non-profits on the east and west coast, I feel fortunate to have found one that is not only well managed, but also one that delivers on their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in several capacities (mostly as an assessor) for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council over the past eight years. The AACLC has been a valuable community resource since 1977, but it continues to grow and serve the community more with every passing year.

Trained volunteer tutors provide individualized reading, writing, math, and English lessons to our students, most of whom are low-income adults. Even the books are provided free of charge.

Our students are absolutely inspirational; many have gone on to meet their goals, including earning a diploma, obtaining a better job, becoming a citizen, etc. Our students often demonstrate perseverance and dedication that puts me to shame!

It is an honor and a privilege to work with the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Literacy Council.

4 Diana N Gary D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AACLC is a wonderful charity. This could be of benefit to any individual seeking to learn to read, and to anyone willing to work on leading a richer, more fulfilling and more productive life. When you interact with a new client, you begin to realize that while they are functioning in their daily lives, it is in a crippled sort of way. They drive on our roads without being able to read street signs. They pay for small purchases with larger bills, trusting that the cashier is going to give them the correct change. Why? Because they are afraid to try to count out their own change. They celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving or MLK day without knowing the history behind the holidays. To some of our foreign-born residents, these are just days off work.
Why do AACLC volunteer tutors do what they do? Because they have seen the benefits of a good education working in their own lives. They know how much effort it takes to get, say, a GED or a college degree. And they are willing to extend helping hands to others who badly need help and support. This program should be continued. It is worth its weight in gold.



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Client Served

Rating: 5

My mother had a really bad experience looking for an English class in Colorado Springs. She's been told she was not ready for a class style and needed a tutor​ that the county was unable to provide. But, after moving to Annapolis, MD, we were actively looking for an ​English class for her and finally found the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council for (Adult English as a Second Language) at that time she was not communicating in English at all.
Luckily​​, the Staff was so welcoming, helpful and quickly placed her on the list for special needs tutoring​. They were absolutely professional and linked us to Ms. Cindy, who is very gifted in delivering information to my mother, she is talented and compassionate. Ms. Cindy continues to tutor her and puts in successful​ ideas and tailors the lessons to mother's needs, even when she was not available she talked to Ms. Susan, her replacement, a very nice lady that she did a great job in covering the sessions. I cannot thank them enough!
My mother which never understood nor wrote a letter in any language has come​ along ​and within less than a year she can communicate in English with little help. And this is all because of Ms. Cindy's dedication to what she does. I find Ms. Cindy to be the catalyst of this achievement​. She answered any question or concern, and mother now is looking forward to learning​ more English.
Even when we moved to a different​ county Ms. Cindy gave some directions​ that helped​ her to get situated in Prince George's County​'s (Adult English as a Second Language) and the staff here are super helpful. Today my mother is well prepared to be in a classroom to continue her education.
Thank you Anne Arundel County Literacy Council for committed​ tutors​!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with AACLC has been very rewarding as I am able to observe the most positive effect they have on individuals who want to learn to read so they can reach life goals. This is so important as the more people are able to grow and learn, the better the whole world can become.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing volunteer opportunity. Truly you are making a difference in someone's life. I tutor a senior citizen with a 2nd grade education. I'v never seen someone with more internal motivation to improve. It's humbling to be a part of it all. Extra bonus - as I tell stories to my family (I have school age kids) - it's been good for all of us to broaden our understanding of our "neighbors" and their challenges. Great organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am in love with this organization and their selfless dedication to the community. They provide priceless support to those in the community who need it. They are fantastic!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council has a great program for someone looking to give back in their community and who enjoys working with someone to help achieve their goal. It’s personally satisfying and my student really appreciates this opportunity to get help. The council’s training program is easy and they offer unlimited support. They are a great team to work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is organized, well-run by competent, caring people. Helping people to read and write English helps citizens who "fell through the cracks" at school better themselves economically and thereby their families. This is an excellent non-profit organization with proven results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Dedicated people who are passionate about helping their students achieve their dreams!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Literacy Council for about 6 mos, tutoring a woman from Eritrea who has lived in the US for 2 years. Unable to speak English, she was housebound and dependent on her daughter. She was lonely, and became depressed. This short time we have spent together has been amazing, touching, and so rewarding for me. We started out by learning the alphabet, greetings, numbers, colors, etc. She is now able to write her name, her address and her phone number, and she is learning to read. Every time we meet, she gets a bit further along. She has taught me about her country and her life. When we meet, she is all smiles, and I am smiling between a few tears of joy watching her make progress. The Literacy Council changes lives. I know it has changed mine for the better.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has an extraordinarily talented leadership team and a highly effective program for training and empowering the volunteer tutors who work with adult residents of Anne Arundel County who lack basic reading and writing skills. Each year, the tutors are recognized at an appreciation dinner, and a highlight of that event is the outpouring of thanks which the tutors receive from the students whom they help. Talk about making a difference!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council provides FREE one-on-one tutoring to adult residents of the county who seek to improve their reading and writing skills. Now celebrating 36 years of service, AACLC has assisted more than 2,000 persons and has trained over 1,000 volunteer tutors and assessors. The demand for the services of AACLC is great and continues to increase. It is estimated that 70,000 adults in Anne Arundel County lack the basic skills needed to obtain a high school diploma or a GED. AACLC has tutors trained in both literacy and English as a Second Language. No other literacy program in Anne Arundel County provides this combination of features to facilitate accessible and individualized instruction to residents who are striving to develop the skills that are essential for success in our society.

To track the success of its program and to demonstrate accountability, AACLC has implemented its first-ever database containing information about tutors and students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AACLC is an organization that trains volunteers to provide free one-on-one tutoring in literacy, math, and English to low-income adults and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County. Students pay nothing for the tutoring, books, or assessments they receive, and the tutoring is done at public locations and on days and times that fit the student's life.

Students receiving this tutoring have a wide variety of goals, including being able to get a job, get a driver's licence, read labels on groceries or instructions on medicines, advance to a higher-paying job, earn a high school diploma many years after dropping out of school, pass the GED exams, qualify for entrance to college or technical training programs, or simply reading bedtime stories to their children or grandchildren.

"Each one, teach one" - It works and it changes the lives of both students and tutors. Being a literacy tutor is the most meaningful thing I have done to help others in my own community. None of this would be possible without the dedication and efforts of AACLC and the support the organization receives from the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a tutor with AACLC has been an extremely rewarding experience and one of the most worthwhile projects I have ever undertaken. Daily life is difficult in so many ways for adults with low literacy levels, and learning to read changes their lives. Things that someone who reads takes for granted are difficult if not impossible for an adult non-reader -- applying for a job or even qualifying for most jobs, getting a driver's license, finding items at a grocery store, reading the directions for your prescription medicines, paying bills, voting, reading notices children bring home from school, staying in touch with family and friends by texting or email or Facebook, etc.

The student I have been tutoring for the past six months is a 44-year old mother of six who dropped out of school when she was sixteen, with little reading skills in spite of all of those years in school. She sought out AACLC because her children were growing up and were not going to be around much longer to help her with things that required reading. She and I were both nervous when we met and unsure about what this experience was going to be like, but we quickly found a comfortable routine. We meet at the library twice a week for two-hour tutoring sessions. Her reading and writing skills improve with every session. Working at her own pace and with the undivided attention of a tutor are the reasons that she is learning how to read now, something she was never able to do when she was in school. In addition to seeing a rapid increase in her reading ability, I have seen her whole appearance, personality and demeanor change from quiet and reserved to outgoing, smiling, and confident. She now has a part-time job, her first job in many years, and she looks forward to having access to a wider range of job opportunities as her reading and writing skills continue to grow. This is a strong woman who has a lot to offer our community, and AACLC is the reason she will be able to do that.

Every tutor working through AACLC has a similar story. None of us could be effective tutors without the training, support, and educational materials provided by AACLC. Few adult non-readers would participate in literacy training without the warm, respectful, and supportive outreach that AACLC provides to them. Everyone in our community benefits when an adult non-reader learns to read. We are fortunate that AACLC is a well-run organization that is working to meet this need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a tutor for the AACLC. I have experienced first hand the difference in individual lives when access to free tutoring and opportunities to learn to read and write are provided. One of my students, now 60, has returned to tutoring after having been aided by AACLC tutoring when he was in his 40s. Now, after raising his children and meeting his responsibilities, he is giving himself the gifts of reading to his grandchildren and writing personal notes to his infirm father.
My other student is a bright, hard working man whose dyslexia now interferes with his career. He has been promoted to a managerial position and knows that improving his writing and reading skills is essential to retaining his position and moving forward with promotions.
It is a privilege to work with these students and reminds me that literacy is a priceless gift, which we too often take for granted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel Literacy Council changes lives, for both the tutors and the students. Training for new tutors is extensive, engaging and energizing. Support for new tutors is everpresent in forms of books, Facebook groups and phone calls. When I faced some initial difficulties, I received support from five different staff members who emailed me and also called. Working with my student who is twenty-eight and learning to read and write is so fulfilling that she and I are surprised by how quickly the 90 minutes go by. Please support this nonprofit with funding and volunteering.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to spend part of my retirement helping others learn to read. I signed up for the Literacy Council's training, but was a bit apprehensive about whether or not it would be something I could learn to do. I've since met with my student and the training did a wonderful job of preparing me. I would highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to support literacy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new volunteer with the council, I am wowed by the dedication of all who volunteer their time and service to help others. This organization provides, at no charge to the student, books, tutoring, and assessments to assist them in their pursuit of their GED, better paying jobs, and an improved quality of life. Tutoring sessions in reading, writing, math, and English are held at the convenience of the student in public places such as libraries or coffee shops. All members of the council exhibit the enthusiasm required to make this a successful enterprise.

2 Mario C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am retired and a new tutor for five months with AACLC. I have to admit that I was kind of anxious about having the ability to tutor at first. However, as I was introduced to the initial literacy training program, I met people from all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, but one of the things that stood out was that all the people (trainers, support staff, training students) cared for people, They sincerely desired and wanted to make a difference in people lives through tutoring. That's when I realized I was in the right place to learn to tutor. They have excellent material that is very thorough and cutting edge for the student and tutor. Plus, they have a practical and professional way of evaluating and screening potential students and assign them accordingly. Their overall support system via the organization and /or website is excellent. I also admire the oversight of the director. She is very hands on which is different than many other organizations I have worked with.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Literacy Council is such an amazing set of programs. I am a new math tutor and I love working with the staff as well as the students. I always feel well informed and like I have as many resources as I could possibly need since the staff goes out of their way to ensure we (the tutors) are well equipped for any student we may work with. I love working with the adult students and seeing the impact we make on a daily basis.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council (AACLC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with adults and teenagers (not in school) to improve their reading, math, or English skills. I joined AACLC in April 2016 as a volunteer reading tutor. I currently work with a single mother of two school-aged children who wants to improve her reading skills. One of her major goals is to enroll in Anne Arundel Community College. My student is hard-working and committed to achieving her goals. Since we began working together in June 2016, I have seen such an improvement in her reading and comprehension of many reading materials. She has more confidence in herself and is proud of the achievements she has made thus far. Not only has my student benefited from the program, but I get great pleasure in working with her and seeing the improvements. In helping her, I am "giving back," and that makes me feel good. The director, tutor and student coordinators, assessors, and all those involved with AACLC are there for the volunteers with materials, help, answers to questions, suggestions, and whatever the volunteers need to be successful. This organization is critical in helping those in the county who want to improve their reading skills, get their GED's, get better jobs, or enroll in college. I am so fortune to be a part of AACLC.

Lois Crawley


1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege to volunteer as my schedule permits for Anne Arundel Literacy Council. The commitment of the AALC staff and scores of volunteers, yes, all volunteers, in support of those on their journey of hope to a better life through literacy is awe inspiring. If you can read this, please join this amazing organization to support others who cannot. Literacy is power

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very visible and accessible in the community. Well organized and well run to truly benefit those who need these services so much.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few days ago I had the privilege of having dinner with a outstanding group to people who had brought themselves out of the darkness into literacy. I am an assessor with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I meet with the students as they enter the program to assess what is their level of literacy and where the tutor should begin their learning. As an assessor you usually have no further contact with the individuals but always wonder about their progress. Each year the council has a dinner for the students and for some this is like a graduation ceremony. This is where I get to learn of their progress.

During dinner students are encouraged to tell their journey. This year a gentleman told his story of hiding his inability to read kept him from accepting promotions at work. He was a valued employee where he worked but each time he was offered a promotion he would leave the job and move to another entry level job. He learned of the Literacy Council's program and began his incredible journey to literacy. After completing a few years with his tutor he is nearing completion of his Associates Degree at Anne Arundel Community College. This is only one of the many success stories.

To have a program like this available, with no fees to the students, and a group of dedicated volunteers is benefit for the entire Anne Arundel County Community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to their Appreciation Dinner for the first time and was able to "feel" the good work that they do in teaching underprivileged young and older adults to learn to read and write and the great gratitude that these adults have for the volunteers and the wonderful opportunity to experience the world of knowledge and capability that these volunteer tutors has opened to these adults left behind by our government and our school systems. Despite the "no child left behind" motto, these adults, who were "passed" through each school grade despite not being to read or write at all or only barely, have indeed been left behind as a result of a "feel good" society.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such important work in our community, the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is supported largely by volunteers who are dedicated, professional, highly skilled and motivated, and by individuals and their families living in our community who might benefit from improving their basic literacy and/or math skills. Some volunteers provide excellent training for other volunteers...and everyone tries to make a difference for someone who never learned to adequately read...or for someone who never learned to read English, or someone who needs help with math skills. Tutoring is a wonderful experience for both the student and tutor--passing forward good works. In addition to providing training, materials and technical support, the Literacy Council also provides tips and insights to be more effective. Volunteering as a tutor in Anne Arundel County is incredibly fulfilling and while I know it is a great experience for me, I hope I am also helping make a difference in a person's life and in our community. I appreciate the wonderful opportunities provided by the Literacy Council, and the great volunteers and families they connect.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the AACLC a few months ago and trained as a tutor. I have been blessed with a wonderful, dedicated and motivated student who wants to learn to read and get a job and her driver's license. I chose to do this because I, too, almost slipped through the school system struggling to read. I was lucky enough to have a caring teacher who saw my potential and set me up with a tutor. AACLC is an organization that is full of dedicated and caring people who want to help those in our county better themselves. I am doing my best to spread the word about this amazing organization that is changing lives one book at a time.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Literacy Council adds MAJOR VALUE to the lives of adults everyday by training and assigning volunteer tutors to help them with reading, writing, mathematics and life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring the same woman for 2 years. She loves to learn and has enhanced her English and writing skills. She is a much more confident person. Her life has changed. She is much more engaged at work and in everyday life skills which helps her daughter too.
I have heard stories at the AACLC from students that have moved me to want to continue. The students are thankful to everyone there for helping them to move forward. I am amazed how the students lives have developed. This is a great organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I began tutoring I had a man who was reading on about a 2nd grade level. His grandchild had brought a book to him and said"Read this to me ,Popop" and he was ashamed and told her to go ask her grandmother. He was so aware of his limits and embarassed in front of his whole family.That was the incident that caused him to ask his wife to contact the Literacy Council.
I met with him for 5 hours a week at the library and he quickly began to know how to comprehend,not just call words.
At the end of about 8 months he decided, with my encouragement, to go to the Community College and see if he was able to enroll there. They tested him and he is on his way.He will go to school there full time in the fall.
He is so proud of himself and so am I . The Literacy Council has many volunteers and is efficiently run. Please continue to grant funds to them. You remember that saying " It is better to light just one little candle than to stumble in the dark". Well, that is what I think Robert is doing-lighting the candle for his family and many others he encounters.(He read that book to his granddaughter at Easter)

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After I retired I tried several local nonprofits as potential places to volunteer, but I wasn't really excited until I started volunteer tutoring with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I have been deeply impressed by the commitment of the volunteers, and the quality of leadership. I now tutor two students, one in reading and writing, and one in math. Both are delightful and have become friends. This is a truly outstanding organization that provides life-changing experiences for both volunteers and clients.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My tutor played a huge role in helping me pass the ged and helped me to be able to score in the top 10% of the country. I am very thankful for the help I got from the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to work with my student, Eric. While he is somewhat handicapped, he is working in the Challenger books and is making good progress through it. I know he is happy to have the chance to read with a tutor each time I come. He expresses his appreciation at every session.
I'm thankful to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in so many lives, bringing the joy of accomplishment to many who would not otherwise experience it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Teaching someone to read has been something I have wanted to do for many, many years. Each time I inquired through other organizations in the past the classes were either non existant or too far away from my residence or held in the evening and I was working at the time. The Literacy Council was just what I had hoped for. The classes were held in a church, on weekends and the church is close to where I live.

The training was held on two consecutive Saturdays with a follow-up half day class held about a month after the initial training. I found the instruction to be very well thought out and presented clearly and effectively, especially when you consider the broad spectrum of clients that are served. During the follow-up session we each shared our experiences to date. It was both interesting and helpful to hear first hand from other volunteers the pluses and minuses of their sessions. And we were provided the opportunity for additional coaching. I find the group to be very committed, energetic and eager to help move us along in our progress with our clients.

I have a wonderful client. He is motivated, and enthusiastic, there is no question in my mind that he wants to learn to read. His enthusiasm is what keeps me motivated. I feel that the teaching resources provided to us by the Literacy Council plus the help we know is just a phone call away provide the tools needed to keep his classes interesting.

I am very pleased with the program. It is much more than I expected. I admire the staff and the dedicated volunteers who have worked together, literally for years, to make this program what it is today. I would be happy to tell anyone interested in volunteering to come and see for yourself if this would be a good fit for you. I am very happy to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Sincerely,

Priscilla Gray

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The AACLC is focused on the long-term success of students, not simply on the best short-term learning tactics. The tutors that I have met are incredibly dedicated to this cause, and I am proud to be among them.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Literacy Council has been changing lives through literacy for adult and out-of-school youth in Anne Arundel County for the past 38 years. Last year 216 tutor/student matches were supported through the dedication of 233 volunteers. The Literacy Council is a much-needed community resource in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with this great nonprofit for several years.
The work they do is invaluable to the community. I am proud
to be a part of AACLC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council a little more than 1-year ago. I have found them to be attentive and consistent in their follow-through. We were quite fortunate to have them available to assist our need.

Much appreciated!
PM

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council does a great job teaching people to read, including ESL students and people whose native language is English. There is no charge to the students. Everyone involved with the program shows lots of heart and dedication, which results in great progress by the students.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I became tutors for AACLC last year, and it's been a wonderful (and eye-opening) experience. The staff (mostly volunteer) is dedicated, proficient, well-trained and enthusiastic. We were new to tutoring, and the training and support they provide is excellent. The students (both ours and others we've observed) are motivated, hard-working, and determined to succeed. The AACLC is truly making a difference in the lives of many, many people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a tutor with the organization and have been impressed by the helpfulness and responsiveness of the staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer literacy tutor with AACLC. They have prepared me well and I am now helping a young man overcome many learning challenges as he works toward taking the GED. This tutoring experience continues to reward me in many ways. I am grateful to the council for all the help they have given me so that my student can work towards his goal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a well educated retiree who had been looking for a place to volunteer to do real work. I was tired of fund raising (although I know it is critical) I craved an operations role. I found just that with the AACLC. Today I proudly tell friends, family and anyone who will listen that I am a tutor. The overwhelming and humbling experience of facilitating self motivated but under severed individuals to make a profound difference in their own lives and in our society is the single most rewarding thing I have done. AACLC does more good with so few resources it amazes me daily.