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.

$100 covers the cost of tutor workshop materials
$500 pays for 1 language lab computer
$1000 buys 60 student text books
$5,000 funds one intensive ESL class for 20 students.

If you have any questions or want to learn more, please contact Patrick Salami, Development Director, at 301.610.0030, ext. 204 or patrick@literacycouncilmcmd.org.

LCMC has 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.