Improving quality of life through literacy
To be an organization that provides educational information and resources to everyone through the promotion of literacy programs, and support those in need by mentoring, tutoring, teaching, and coaching.
Lifelong Learning: We encourage the pursuit of knowledge through ones entire life leading to a successful and fulfilled life.
Equality: We create equal access to education.
Inclusion: We foster an inclusive and diversified space always showing everyone is respected and welcomed.
Collaboration: We work with others in our community on shared goals and continue to contribute our knowledge and experience.
Integrity: We strive to uphold strength, accountability, and honor in our community.
Celebration: When witnessing the empowerment of learning in our community, McLit chooses to applaud their efforts towards self betterment!
Help members of our community gain basic literacy skills in everyday life including but not limited to English as a second language(ESL)/Spanish as a second language(SSL), basic computer use, General Education Development(GED), drivers licenses, citizenship, financial education, health literacy, early childhood training, and strengthen the self-esteem of those who have failed so often that they are afraid to move forward. McLit's goals are to reach all walks of life to make the smallest positive difference in each persons life. Specifically in the upcoming year we plan to;
1) Reach a greater segment of the population and increase visibility and name recognition
2) Increase daily clientele by 20% year over year
3) Operate at 50% capacity at all times; having between 8-12 learners present during hours of operation
4) Be financially sustainable with help of fundraisers, grants, and donations
Meet Dorothy, a McLit regular!
Watch this video to get to know an amazing person!
Get to know our Executive Director, Connie Heidemann!
Check out this great testimonial with a McLit regular
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Check out this great video with Jane from Janke Bookstore
Marathon County Literacy Council was founded in October of 1997. The Council represented a cross section of literacy providers, educators, and interested community members throughout Marathon County. Marathon County Literacy Council (MCLC) was created with a Board of Directors established in July 1998.
August of 2002, The MCLC established a new, more centrally-located office in the downtown library of Wausau. This helped the Council expand its tutor base, update its tracking of student outcomes, and become more accessible to the community. The Council then was combined with Wood County Literacy Council to form the Central Wisconsin Literacy Council (CWLC) in 2011.
In 2017, The Marathon County Literacy Council re-established itself as the new nonprofit, McLit - Marathon County Literacy. In June 2021, we celebrated our new, centrally-located space in downtown Wausau at 515 N Third Street. Our new facility has allowed us to grow and reach out to many more students.
Your generous donation will fund our mission to improve quality of life through literacy. No donation is too small - Thank you!