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Action-A-Day 3/12: Service Sunday

Support the Literacy Council of Carroll County

The Literacy Council of Carroll County was founded in 1979 by Sister Rosalia, the principal of St. John’s Catholic School in Westminster and Kathryn Sieverts, a Lutheran laywoman. Its mission was to promote literacy by training tutors to teach reading, speaking, spelling, and math to youth and adults in Carroll County. Judy Ritchie was the first director.  Today, the Literacy Council of Carroll County offers free, confidential, flexible, fantastic, one-on-one tutoring to the adult population in Carroll County. 

Improved literacy helps people:

  • Secure employment and advancements.
  • Get a driver’s license.
  • Fill out applications and other forms.
  • Learn to speak, read and write better English.
  • Become a more knowledgeable person.
  • Advocate for their own needs and rights

Ways you can support the Literacy Council of Carroll County:

Become a tutor: The most important qualification to become a tutor is the desire to help someone learn to read and write. If your talent is elsewhere, like math or ESOL experience; computer skills or life skills, you can make a difference in a person’s life that will transform them. Teaching experience is not a prerequisite to becoming a tutor. The Literacy Council will provide you with the training and materials that you need to be a successful tutor. Because we work almost exclusively with adults, you must be at least 18 years old and have a high school or equivalent diploma. That’s it! Complete and submit an application. (click here).  The Literacy Council will be in touch quickly.

Tutors are responsible for the following actions:

  • Commit to tutoring for one to two hours per week for one year.

  • Be respectful and considerate of a student’s needs.

  • Arrange for a meeting place, day and time that is mutually acceptable.

  • Be punctual and contact the student in advance if a session needs to be rescheduled or canceled.  

  • Report tutor hours monthly to the Literacy Council. (click here).  

  • Print the form and fill out. Then either mail to the Literacy Council or scan and attach to an email addressed to

  • Keep all information about the student confidential.

  • Enjoy the experience!

To discuss more about becoming a tutor contact the Literacy Council at 410-857-0766.

Become a volunteer: Volunteer opportunities in addition to tutoring exist throughout all the activities of the Literacy Council. Several times during the year volunteers are needed to help with community events and outreach. Volunteers also help with the routine office work that every organization needs to have accomplished. Of special interest are people willing to research and write grants.

Volunteering at the Literacy Council is both fun and rewarding and can be as little as one or two hours a year or a regular hour or two hours per week. Promoting adult literacy builds a strong community, encourages citizenship and increases employment opportunities in Carroll County’s growing economy.

If you are not able to tutor or volunteer, the Literacy Council of Carroll County also accepts donations to help support its mission.  

Why Donate? The Literacy Council of Carroll County offers free, confidential, one-on-one tutoring to the adult population of Carroll County, MD. We are a volunteer organization receiving no government funding.  This allows us to keep our student information confidential.  We report demographics about the students to ProLiteracy and our supporters.  

How to Donate-You are welcome to use the convenient payment option on their website, or a check can be written to Literacy Council of Carroll County. Donations in kind are also accepted and necessary to the running of the Council.

Donations in Kind- Printers, computers, copy paper, ink, toner, colored paper, spiral notebooks for students, office furniture, contributions for our yard sales.  If you are a retired teacher with sample texts or workbooks that you feel will be helpful as a resource please feel free to call us.