We would love to help you learn to speak, read, and write English. If you have trouble completing the application, please feel free to email us.


Estaremos encantados de ayudarte a hablar, leer y escribir en inglés. Si tienes problemas completando la aplicación, por favor escríbenos.

 Gratitude and Hope – Looking back at the 2024 Giving Challenge and our Year ahead!

Bradenton, FL – At the Manatee Literacy Council, we are filled with immense gratitude and pride as we reflect on the incredible support we received during the 2024 Giving Challenge. Through the generous contributions of individual donors, matching gifts, and prizes, we are thrilled to announce that we raised over $20,000! This achievement was made possible by the unwavering support of The Patterson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota.

These funds are a testament to the power of community and the shared belief in the transformative impact of literacy. With your help, we can continue to address the growing need for adult literacy classes in our community, empowering our residents towards greater independence and opportunities.

As we look ahead to our 2024-2025 Fiscal Year, we are excited to share our plans for expansion. Our vision includes broadening our family literacy classes to encompass migrant working families, ensuring that more families can benefit from our programs. Additionally, we are committed to enhancing our existing literacy classes for native speakers of English, providing tailored support to meet diverse needs.

This milestone would not have been possible without the dedication and generosity of our supporters. We extend our deepest thanks to The Patterson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota for their steadfast commitment to our mission. Your support has been instrumental in helping us make a tangible difference in the lives of many.

However, our journey does not end here. The need for literacy support in our community continues to grow, and we rely on the continued generosity and involvement of our supporters. We invite you to stay connected with us, spread the word about our mission, and consider contributing to our efforts in any way you can.

Together, we can create a brighter, more literate future for all. Thank you for being a crucial part of our journey and for believing in the power of literacy.

 The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations, and communities by focusing on issues that address common aspirations, foster wide participation, and encourage learning and sharing. Find out more at https://www.thepattersonfoundation.org/.

Spanning the last 45 years, the Community Foundation has created a powerful network of community relationships founded on our understanding of the diverse and complex needs within our community, as well as the generosity and compassion of our donors.  Find out more at https://www.cfsarasota.org/

For over 40 years, the Manatee Literacy Council has provided free English language tutoring and classes free of charge to Manatee County adults. Our mission is to “empower Manatee County adults to independence through literacy”.  Find out more at www.manatee-literacy.org or by calling (941) 746-8197.