Anne Arundel County Literacy Council

Cause Area

  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Immigrants & Refugees
  • Seniors
  • Women


80 West St., STE AAnnapolis, MD 21401 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

AACLC provides free literacy, math, GED, and ESL tutoring for low-income county adults desiring to improve their skills. Volunteer tutors are trained and then provided with ongoing support and quarterly workshops opportunities. Once trained, tutors meet with their students for 2 hours per week at county libraries or other public locations.


All low-income county adults desiring to improve their literacy, math, or English skills can receive free and individualized instruction from trained volunteer tutors.

Flexibility: Students receive individualized instruction, learn at their own pace, and can adjust their meeting time/place when needed. Instruction occurs in public locations throughout the county, including all 17 county libraries, with convenient day, evening, or weekend options to help students who need flexible scheduling to accommodate their work and family obligations.

Staffing: AACLC leverages the skills and talents of hundreds of adult literacy and math volunteers. They are trained to teach adults in our tutoring program and receive ongoing training and support from mentors, student and tutor coordinators, and participation in quarterly math and literacy workshops. AACLC has received the 2012 - 2020 Top-Rated Great Nonprofit Awards for their 156 5-star reviews from volunteers and students.

Impact: In 2019 AACLC served 390 adults, with personal goals ranging from getting a GED, finding a job or better-paying job, reading to their children or helping them with their homework, becoming a U.S. citizen, or living independently. AACLC now offers math/GED tutoring and ten AACLC students have achieved their GEDs since 2017.


Would you recommend Anne Arundel County Literacy Council?
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by JoAnne D. (September 23, 2019)
AACLC is the most wonderful volunteer community you will find anywhere. Its focus is on adult literacy which includes reading, math, and learning English as a second language. Adults wishing help in any of these areas receive free tutoring at a time and location convenient to them. Most tutoring takes place in an Anne Arundel County Public Library. I have been working with this organization for over 6 years now and I can't saw enough about the service the tutors provide... and how rewarding and fun it is to work with adult students who really want to learn!
by Mary Anne and Bob S. (September 21, 2019)
This is a wonderful organization. One of the benefits that this program provides is one on one tutoring. It allows you to begin at the student’s exact level and delve deep into specific areas that each individual person needs to develop. All materials are provided to you as well as assistance from any number of others within the program. Unlike other volunteer organizations, you set your own hours and field that you wish to teach. Basic Literacy, Math or ESL tutoring is available. Being a tutor with AACLC has been one of the most rewarding experience of my life.
by JoAnn C. (September 13, 2019)
First let me say that the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council is a well-established, expertly run organization, having received the GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Award for the 8th consecutive year. The volunteers who donate their time and talent in different areas are some of the finest people I've ever met and worked with. I have seen firsthand the differences they make in improving the lives of our students--sometimes it's just boosting the confidence and self-worth of the student; other times it's working with the student to get their diploma; and just as important are the tutors who help their students learn the English language. I am proud to be a part of the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council.
by Maggie K. (September 11, 2019)
AACLC has the most dedicated, hard working staff and tutors. They are changing lives every day by providing free, one-on-one instruction in reading, writing, and math. Highly recommend them.
by Jane S. (September 8, 2019)
Excellent opportunity for local volunteering in AA County. Very well run and organized by committed, compassionate residents who are making a difference in the lives of low-income adult students and their families. Any adult in AA County looking for assistance with the GED, NEDP, English Language Learning, math, or basic literacy will find free and convenient help through the AACLC and its caring trained tutors.
by Emily C. (September 8, 2019)
I am a volunteer with AACLC, in the role of helping incoming students get assessed for need level, prior to their placement with tutors. I have also tutored. I know that "reading is fundamental" is a cliche, but the truth is...reading is fantastic! Playing a part in helping others in our community achieve their goals is among the most rewarding ways you could spend a little of your time. We meet students at public libraries all over the County. Join us!
by Jane S. from Annapolis, MD (Administrator for this Organization) (September 6, 2020)
I have been involved with the Anne Arundel Literacy Council since 2011 – first as tutor coordinator and then from 2012 to October 2020 as director. What a phenomenal organization! AACLC is composed of an incredible army of volunteers who generously donate their time, talents, and funds to help other members of our Anne Arundel County community achieve their personal goals and improve the lives of their families. Tutor training, quarterly workshops, and mentoring is provided for volunteer tutors, and tutor and student coordinators are always available to answer questions and provide additional resources as needed. Students reach out for help with their literacy and math skills to land a job/better-paying job, earn their GED, and improve their daily lives. Reading a bedtime story to your child, understanding warning labels on your children’s prescriptions, balancing a checkbook, and reading written instructions and road signs are a few of the practical daily activities gained.

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