What makes our program special is our free, confidential tutoring tailored to meet the needs of our students.
Our trained volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds with the goal of improving literacy and life skills.
Facts of Literacy

Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. These children are more likely to get poor grades, display behavioral problems, have high absentee rates, repeat school years, or drop out.(1)

About 50% of the 2 million immigrants that come to the U.S. each year lack high school education and proficient English language skills. This severely limits their access to jobs, college, and citizenship and increases their vulnerability to living in poverty.(6)

Of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70% of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels. There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.(2)

Seventy-five percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. Ninety-five percent of those incarcerated are reintegrated into our communities. Research shows that inmates who are educated are 43 percent less likely to return to prison.(7)

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We, at HCLC, live our core values through our daily interactions with our community, including our volunteers and students. This is reflected in our individualized programming and service delivery.

Mission Statment

... to improve the lives of youth, adults, and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success.

Vision Statement

... HCLC will be recognized as the nonprofit organization in Horry County which has made a reduction in functional illiteracy.

Value Statement

... Our students are the reason for our existence; our volunteers are the core to their success.