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Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

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

164 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In an era when need is everywhere and our communities often seem unwelcoming to those who have difficulty communicating, Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is a beacon of hope, an offer of help to those who are struggling to function in our complex society. needing stronger skills in English, math, science, computer use, etc.It has been my privilege to tutor students through the Literacy Council's excellent program. One person with whom I worked was eager to learn to read to his grandchildren. Another student wanted to improve his skills so he could seek and obtain promotions in his work. And a student who is fluent in three languages, English being her most recent, is working to earn a US high school graduation equivalency. It is a privilege for me to serve these students as part of the excellent program designed and overseen by the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer with the Anne Arundel Literacy Council because I saw the need for the service. I volunteered as a tutor in a County Detention Center and saw inmates whose reading level had often stagnated at the 3rd or 4th grade level. Adults who cannot read on a functional level tend to remain hidden in society and they rarely reach their full potential.

Elizabeth75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a tutor with the Literacy Council for 2 very rewarding years. My student is a woman from Columbia who is literate in Spanish but wants to learn to read in English and become a citizen. She works hard to learn the vocabulary I teach her each week. She tells me of her success being able to communicate with co-workers. She has learned to use a bilingual dictionary so she can find the meaning of new words on her own. Both she and I are proud of her progress. The Literacy Council does a wonderful service by finding people who want to learn to read and matching them with volunteer tutors, giving the tutors the training and support they need to fulfill their teaching mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently joined the Council. The training was very good.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently began volunteering as a tutor for the AACLC, Inc. The training was very good and the materials are excellent. I am actively tutoring on a 2hour a week basis and i find the experience uplifting and enourmously satisfying. I'd really like to see the Council grow. Randy Brown

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently became a volunteer tutor for the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. Their training is superb and comprehensive. They conscientiously match students with tutors in temperament, schedule, and location for optimum results. The lovely woman I work with is eager and full of valuable life experiences. We both look forward to our very productive and mutually satisfying sessions. It is indeed a labor of love to facilitate another's mastery of such a fundamental skill. I feel quite fortunate to be associated with such a fine organization.

Delia4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just became a tutor and my adult learner is very eager and asks for homework! As a teacher this is anatural and very rewarding way to give back.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am happy to be a part of such a well-run organization and do my part to help literacy in the US.

jeseiss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated over 40 hours per week to the Literacy Council for the past year because what our program offers to our community is real and life-changing, and because I know we are making a positive difference in our community. As Director, I see the success stories every day, and have the privilege of working alongside over 140 talented, dedicated tutors, staff and board members. Our free, individualized literacy tutoring for adults and out-of-school youth helps individuals achieve their personal goals, such as pursuing a GED, getting a better job, obtaining a drivers license, reading and filling out job applications, etc. Achieving their goals not only empowers the student, but also improves the lives of their family and our community as well. This has been an extremely rewarding experience!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council. I am a tutor, and have also supported both training and assessment efforts. I was drawn to this organization for several reasons, foremost among those being the emphasis on reading and literacy and service to a population who often have no where else to turn for this free-to-them service. I am very pleased with the caliber of the volunteer organization. People are committed, work hard, and stay focused on the needs of our students. There is a focus on continuous improvement, and the leadership is selfless and striving to improve the tutoring service as well as the development of the tutors' abilities to meet the needs of students.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer tutor with the Anne Arundel Literacy Council. I have worked with the same student for two years. The director and other professionals in this non-profit organization are efficient, helpful and encouraging to those of us who work directly with adult non-readers. My student was relieved to find a place where he could work with a knowledgeable, caring tutor in private; that he did not have to be embarrassed within a group setting; and that there was no testing -- just his own initiative to learn. His outlook on his place in the world has changed. He has proudly measured his own achievement.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am pleased with AACLC email newsletter and volunteer, fundraising, and other updates. Recently, a administrative assistance volunteer opportunity was published, and I inquired. A volunteer meeting at my local library was also good and informational. I made connections and we shared common interests. I believe this organization to be valuable.