The Council is one of the biggest literacy organizations in Central Ohio. Learn more.

Changing Lives...
   One Word at a Time.

In serving adults in Central Ohio, the Columbus Literacy Council strives to

  • Enable Future Education
  • Increase Employability
  • Encourage Civic Involvement
  • Promote Family Stability and Support

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About the Council

The Columbus Literacy Council is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to increasing the level of functional literacy of adults reading below an 8th grade level.

The Council was founded by Church Women United in 1970 and formally established as a non-profit educational corporation in 1975. We have since expanded to serve about 3,000 students annually, making us the largest private provider of adult literacy services in Central Ohio. In addition to our core programming of Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, we currently offer the following related services:

  • One-to-one tutoring
  • Conversation groups
  • Family Literacy
  • Citizenship classes
  • Basic computer training
  • Pre-GED and basic math tutoring
  • Life skills
  • Workforce Development
  • Job Readiness

See our Forms 990:

Columbus Literacy Council is a United Way member agency, a member of Pro-Literacy America, and a Better Business Bureau accredited charity .

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