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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc.

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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 organization that provides free, individualized, one-on-one literacy, math and ESL instruction to adults and out-of-school youth with low-level literacy skills in Anne Arundel County.

Results: There were 247 active tutor/student matches during 2017. Goals achieved included qualifying for GEDs, jobs, better-paying jobs, entry into trade/technical schools, and an 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: 247 adults and out-of-school youth throughout Anne Arundel County.

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

143 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

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

2 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"

2 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.

2 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!

4

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: 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!