The Literacy Connection

Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy
  • Immigrants & Refugees


270 N. Grove AvenueElgin, IL 60120 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Literacy Connection is dedicated to helping adults acquire fundamental literacy skills by teaching them to read, write, speak and understand English through one-on-one volunteer tutoring and small group instruction in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.


The Literacy Connection, an affiliate of ProLiteracy, is a non-profit, community-based 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1983 by Gail Borden Public Library staff. The organization’s service area is spread throughout 16 northwest Chicago suburban communities: Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Cary, Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee, West Dundee, Gilberts, Hanover Park, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Streamwood, and Schaumburg located in Cook, Kane and McHenry Counties.

The organization offers learner-centered instruction in settings that meet individual needs. In the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, the organization provides free literacy and English language tutoring to adults. The twelve-hour tutor training teaches volunteers to help individuals learn to read, write, speak and understand English better. Instruction is offered in any public location or remotely at convenient times. Most learners are tutored at a minimum of four hours each month for at least a one-year commitment.


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by Marsha C. (October 5, 2011)
It is very rewarding to help someone become more fluent (oral and written) in the English language. You know that this better enables them to function in a more meaningful way in our society. You can actually see the learner's face light up with enthusiasm as she/he progresses, getting better and more comfortable with this country's language. When there is a day when you might want to stay home rather than tutor, it is easy to remind yourself of how much the personal effort of the tutor is appreciated. I am always thanked at the end of a tutoring class.

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