Mission & Vision
To improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education.
To empower adults through literacy programs, including basic literacy, ESL (English as a Second Language), GED preparation, US citizenship preparation, transitions to
post-secondary education and basic computer skills, while raising community awareness and expanding outreach initiatives.
Our Core Values
Sitting around a kitchen table in 1987, a few committed individuals recognized the crippling effect of illiteracy and how teaching reading, writing, and speaking skills could change people's lives by opening to them a world of opportunity. Their vision became Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County, dba Literacy Council of Fort Bend County (LCFBC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating illiteracy in our community. For 30 years, LCFBC has striven to fill gaps in literacy services for people who are in need, have the capabilities to learn, and the desire to move forward in life.
LCFBC serves adults who have made the commitment to help themselves change their lives through the literacy program. The organization's goal is to aid families crippled by the inter generational cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and social disadvantage by providing a strong educational foundation through one-on-one Basic Literacy tutoring, small group ESL instruction, GED preparation in the classroom, and community outreach. LCFBC services those at the lowest levels of literacy, focusing on an ethnically diverse population made up primarily of a low and very low income clientele.
Moving from the kitchen, LCFBC took up residence in a small, one-room office located on the campus of a local community college. Demand for classes quickly outgrew this space, so when the City of Sugar Land offered nonprofits the opportunity to use a 1,500 square foot, one classroom building, LCFBC jumped at the chance! Now housed in a 6,000 square foot Literacy Center in Sugar Land - the result of a successful Capital Campaign - LCFBC makes full use of six classrooms, a resource library, conference room, training room, and office space. However, LCFBC's reach crosses all corners of Fort Bend County: in addition to offering classes at the Sugar Land Literacy Center, classes are offered at many other locations to provide convenience for students and tutors.
LCFBC achieved full accreditation with Literacy Volunteers of America in 2001. Accreditation requires meeting standard policies and procedures relating to tutor training, trainer certification, board procedures, and agency management. Accreditation means that the LCFBC provides effective nonprofit management, excellent volunteer tutor training, and quality literacy instruction. On October 1, 2002, Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. merged with Laubach Literacy International to become Pro Literacy Worldwide. Over 1,450 volunteer literacy agencies are connected by this organization.
Since the 1987 inception of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, over 3,000 volunteers have donated nearly 550,000 hours of their personal time to tutor more than 25,000 adult learners. This equates to more than $17 million being given back to the community in donated services, using the minimum rate of $25 per hour charged by private tutors.