Ways to Help

Without basic reading, writing, math, and computer skills, individuals with low literacy struggle to find jobs, stay healthy, and support their families.  This impacts all of us. The U.S. loses billions of dollars every year because of low productivity in the workforce, high unemployment rates, Medicaid costs, the cost of food stamps and expenses associated with providing subsidized housing. Both taxpayers and the government spend more because of illiteracy.

For over 50 years, the Literacy Council of Montgomery County has worked to help adults gain literacy skills so that they can improve their quality of life and contribute to the community.

What can you do?


Your donation, at any level, will have a direct impact both on an individual’s life, as well as that person’s family, community, and society at large. There’s no better way to invest in the people who have demonstrated the desire to improve.

$25 Can provide 15 adult learners with copies of Easy English News to help build vocabulary and reading skills while they learn about current events and American culture.

$50 Can provide supplies and materials to support 20 ESL students in the Understanding the American Workplace class. These classes are targeted toward job seekers and those needing further workplace readiness skills.

$100 Can provide materials for 5 students textbooks in one of our ESL classes.

$200 Can cover the cost of books for 10 adult learners in our ESL classes.

$500 can cover the cost of materials for 15 adult learners in the tutoring program. Upon entering the program and being matched with a volunteer tutor, students receive a set of skill books and workbooks that they may keep.

  $1,000 buys 60 student textbooks
$5,000 funds one intensive ESL class for 20 students.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact Gabriel Martinez Cabrera, Executive Director, at 301.610.0030, ext. 202 or gabriel@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

LCMC has achieved Gold status with Guidestar (click logo below to see our profile), been recognized twice (2009 and 2013) by the Catalogue of Philanthropy and we are an affiliate of Pro-Literacy, so you can feel confident about your contributions.

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