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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 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 216 active tutor/student matches during 2015. Also, 81 new tutors and 3 assessors were trained during this time.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 216 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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I was approached to join the Board of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, I checked out the organization carefully. Was I impressed! The achievements of this ALL-VOLUNTEER organization are inspirational. The AACLC provides FREE one-on-one tutoring to adult residents of the county who seek to improve their reading and writing skills. Now celebrating 35 years of service, the AACLC has assisted more than 2,000 persons. In the past year alone, AACLC tutors performed more than 5,000 hours of literacy instruction. No other literacy program in Anne Arundel County can match the personalized help provided by AACLC. In the time that I have served on its Board, I can testify that the enthusiasm for the work of this organization as evidenced by tutors, Board members and especially its program director is contagious. You hear a lot about wanting to make a difference. By empowering people to develop the basic skills that are essential for success in our society, everyone who takes part in the AACLC does just that.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The AACLC is an outstanding nonprofit organization serving adults in Anne Arundel County who wish to learn to read. A large corp of dedicated volunteer tutors work one-on-one with the adult learners/students using especially designed curriculum materials to facilitate optimum learning for each individual. Tutor-student pairs meet in various branches of the Anne Arundel County Library system. An outstanding feature of the program is the close bond that develops over time, between the tutor and student. This bond greatly contributes to the success of the student. Many students have offered their testimony on how the AACLC program has made such a great difference in the quality of their lives in so many way - vocationally, socially and in their own feelings of self-esteem and confidence. Learning to read after living to adulthood without being able to read becomes such a great victory for those who reach their reading goals of success through the outstanding offerings of the AACLC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I not only support this organization with my time but also my checkbook. I just paid for our new data base system to track students and tutors monthly progress reports, freeing up volunteers time formally spent completing the reports by hand. I also offer matching funds to double a donors contribution in our on-line campaigns.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first heard of this organization, I was impressed enough to become a major silent donor. I then decided to become an active participant and am now the president of the board of directors. I am committed to the council's purpose of providing one on one reading and writing instruction to adult residents of Anne Arundel Co

Annette G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came across this organization when I was looking for a meaningful way to help people less fortunate. With a solid background in teaching, this looked like the perfect solution to my search. I have never felt more rewarded for my endeavors. I am a tutor, an assessor, and on the Board of Directors as a Tutor Representative. Seeing the sparkle in students' eyes when they realize they are accomplishing their dream is so exciting. Our teaching materials and support system are excellent. I am thoroughly committed to this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council provides an invaluable resource throughout Anne Arundel County. It is staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who are deeply committed to literacy for all.

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.