Nationwide, 36 million adults struggle to read and write English. Responding to this critical challenge, the Literacy Council provides free, confidential, one-to-one or small group reading and English language instruction for adult learners in Frederick County, 90% of whom are non-native English speakers. In ESL community classes, students hone their skills in beginning literacy, pronunciation, writing, civics, and digital literacy. Workplace literacy classes at small businesses make attendance easier for employees working multiple shifts or jobs, while parent literacy classes and tutoring at five local elementary schools reach a broader community. The Literacy Council also supports learners who need assistance with GED prep, citizenship tests, social services applications, and more. Last year, their collective community approach saw over 140 volunteers working with more than 300 adult learners. Literacy is an integral part of finding success within one's community — because literacy lifts lives.