Reading, speaking, and writing are activities so integral to daily life that we often take them for granted. But for the 135,000 residents of Montgomery County who are "limited English proficient," simple tasks like filling out a job application, or scribbling a permission slip for a child's field trip, pose near-impossible challenges. For the past 50 years, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County has helped make those tasks easier for more than 15,000 adult learners. Through one-on-one Basic Literacy and ESL tutoring and classes, LCMC provides cost-effective instruction to both foreign-born and native-born students who have limited flexibility in their schedules, may not be comfortable in large classes, or may simply need to learn at their own pace. It also offers online and computer-based instruction, conversation classes, family and workplace-focused literacy courses, and English for Daily Living all of which give students the skills and vocabulary to navigate school, work, and community. Over 30 classes at six sites will reach nearly 1,600 adults next year. Your gift puts their dreams into words.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; NA; NA

Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

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

Schools They Work In: Brown Station Elementary School; Capt. James E. Daly Elementary School; Ridgeview Middle School

Awards & Recognition

Leadership Montgomery Nonprofit Discovery Program Participant--2012

2010 Catalogue for Philanthropy Video Contest Award Winner

LCMC Basic Literacy Student Milton Whitley received the 2009 Outstanding Student Award from ProLiteracy America

2009-2010 Catalogue for Philanthropy: One of the best small charities in the Greater Washington region.

Do More 24 - June, 2013 - Most donors in education category


Budget (FY2012)

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

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