Hailing from 90 different countries and speaking 50 different languages, 1,500 adult learners come to EEC (formerly Literacy Council of Northern Virginia) each year to learn the basics of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. A dedicated team of 500 volunteers delivers beginning-level English classes while concurrently introducing learners to important resources related to voting, employment, finances, health, and more. Many students progress into advanced, skill-based classes, or join Destination Workforce, a program that builds the foundational literacy and soft skills needed to obtain and succeed in entry-level jobs. In partnership with public schools, a family literacy program provides English instruction for parents while their children read, write, and get help with their homework. EEC served its 60,000th learner in 2022, and demand continues to grow. For our immigrant neighbors, English opens doors to education, employment, community engagement — and greater understanding.