Our Mission:
To provide reading programs that promote literacy.

Literacy: The Need
Based on 1990 census figures, at least 19,000 adults in Kent County are functionally illiterate and cannot read everyday materials such as newspapers, menus, medicine bottles, and children's books.

What are the Services of the Literacy Council?

Adult Tutoring Program

  • For adults wanting to improve their ability to read
  • For adults wanting to improve their English communication.
  • A free service
  • Initial assessment and regular post-assessments
  • Instruction focused on learner's goals
  • One-to-one tutoring with a trained volunteer tutor
  • 1 to 2 hours of weekly tutoring
  • Study materials provided
  • On-going support by qualified staff

Other Programs

  • Workforce Literacy Program 
    Assisting companies with their workforce literacy needs.  Training employees in reading and English as a Second Language.  Focusing on job-related reading and writing skills
  • Family Literacy Program 
    Assisting parents with their reading skills.  Helping them to read to and with their children.
  • Project One to One 
    Training volunteers to tutor in area schools, working with children who read below their grade level.
  • Speaker's Bureau 
    Providing speakers to community groups on the topic of illiteracy.

Sources of Funding

Funding for KCLC is provided by a variety of sources including United Way, corporate sponsorships, fundraisers, Michigan Department of Education & foundation grants, and individual donations.  Donations make up over half of our annual revenue and are tax-deductible.

Laubach Literacy Literacy Volunteers of America United Way of Michigan Michigan Literacy, Inc.
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce