Support the Adult Learning Center by reading books through the Read-A-Thon fundraiser, Aug. 17 – Oct. 17, 2020!

Why Support?

The Adult Learning Center (ALC) provides necessary, direct services to individuals living and working in Baltimore who are experiencing low educational attainment, low-skill employment, low literacy, and low English proficiency. Each year the ALC serves ~500 learners through convenient class times, providing connections to support services throughout Baltimore City, and helping learners reach their full potential.

The everyday lives of our learners reveal the importance and necessity of our work, as the Adult Learning Center empowers and changes the lives of the people who have the courage and persistence to continue their education throughout these times.

One such example of this was a pre-GED student during the pandemic. This student skipped a few classes due to her perceived lack of computer skills when we moved to distance learning. With encouragement from her teacher and a loaner laptop from the Adult Learning Center, she began successfully attending and completing online work. This student was so motivated with her newfound computer and enhanced reading comprehension skills, that she decided to turn her hobby into a business. She opened an online jewelry store on Etsy. Her story was just one among many students that developed their computer literacy skills, which in turn gave them confidence to tackle real-life online challenges.

The ALC remains committed to improving adult basic skills as a key component of ensuring that adult learners are productive members of the community by meeting their educational, career, and personal goals. In order to both raise awareness for the work we do in Baltimore City and increase our capacity to continue our work through the pandemic, we would like to galvanize the collective bookworms of Baltimore City through a Read-A-Thon fundraiser!

Join the Read-A-Thon!

From Aug. 17-Oct. 17, 2020, you can set your reading goal (in # of books) during this time and set your own fundraising goal to get friends and family members to sponsor you. All you have to do is commit to giving $25 to receive an ALC bookmark and create a peer-to-peer campaign through our WeDidIt page to collect sponsorships.

Your support of the ALC allows us to continue critical work in Baltimore City and will have a direct impact on the learners we serve.

  • $18 buys a calculator
  • $29 provides one hour of instructional time
  • $36 buys a textbook
  • $45 pays for a learner to take the GED exam
  • $100 buys a subscription to a computerized literacy program
  • $580 pays for a professional development session for our teachers and tutors

Our goal is to raise $3,000 to cover “back to school” costs of our learners. Will you help us reach our goal by joining the Read-A-Thon or sponsoring a participant?

Rewards and Prizes

Bookmark: Every person who registers and gives a minimum donation of $25 to kick off their campaign will receive the an ALC bookmark (designed by Strong City’s Samantha Solomon with ALC Logo design by Ellen Lichtman of Six Ink.)

Prizes: The top fundraiser and top readers will receive special prizes, to be announced soon.

How it Works

  • Fill out the Read-A-Thon interest form for us to stay in touch.
  • Start a peer campaign on our WeDidIt Page (You will be automatically redirected here after submitting an interest form)
    • Select the blue “Fundraise With Us” button
    • Upload a photo (if you wish)
    • Use the suggested language or use your creative writing talents to encourage your community to support you.
    • Set a fundraising goal (make it attainable)
    • Publish the campaign
    • Share the donation link with friends on social media!
  • You can get your books at our local bookstore partners Greedy Reads, Urban Reads, and The Ivy/Bird in Hand and mention the ALC Read-A-Thon to get 10% of your order donated to the ALC.

If this sounds like too much work, you can just go ahead and donate to the Adult Learning Center to help us reach our goal or sponsor ALC staff to reach their reading goals here.

Sign Up!

Fill out the form to join the Read-A-Thon! Once you click submit, you will be redirected to create a Peer-to-Peer campaign on the Adult Learning Center’s donation page. Select “Fundraise with Us” to begin your campaign or select a participant to sponsor by selecting “View Fundraisers.” Check your email for detailed instructions on how to join.

ALC Read-A-Thon Sign Up
# of total books to read between Aug. 17-Oct. 17

Questions about getting involved?

Contact us today.