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.

Headquarters: MD-Frederick County

Where They Operate: MD-Frederick County

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Immigrants/Refugees

Schools They Work In: Butterfly Ridge Elementary School; Hillcrest Elementary School; Lincoln Elementary School; Waverley Elementary School; Judy Center


  • Number of adult learners we served this past year:  
    250 adults supporting 102 families and 196 children
  • Number of volunteers who worked with us in 2020:  
    125 (contributing 13,000 hours of service)
  • Number of 12-week workplace English classes taught last year for employees in hospitality and manufacturing/assembly jobs:   8
  • Number of adults receiving weekly tutoring from 97 volunteer tutors:   115
  • Number of adults attending volunteer-facilitated weekly community classes each quarter:   89

Awards & Recognition

Visit Frederick's Ambassador of the Year Award for Workplace English Classes for Hospitality Employees - October 2020

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Literacy Council of Frederick County is: Less than $500k

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