South Baldwin Literacy Council was established in 1985 as a volunteer-based, non-profit organization. SBLC serves a 750-square-mile area in South Alabama — from I-10 south to the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Fish River near Mobile Bay, east to the Florida state line. A six-member volunteer Board of Directors meets on the second Monday of every month at 5:30 to manage the activities of the Council. The Council is staffed by a director, an adult literacy coordinator, and an ESL coordinator.
SBLC is currently grant-funded by Dollar General, Snook Foundation, Caring Foundation, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, TJX Foundation, Impact 100 and Baldwin EMC. Additional funding comes from a state video rental tax, which was passed thanks to the efforts of State Representative Steve McMillan. SBLC is also grateful for the many businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals who support our efforts with their donations. SBLC also holds one annual fundraiser. Tickets are sold for the event, which includes a night of trivia, auctions and fun. Be sure to check our calendar for the dates of SBLC events.
SBLC is one of the few literacy councils in the nation that serves both adults and youth. Adult services include adult basic education, preparing learners to take the GED, learning English as a second language, and preparing employees to be successful in the workplace. Youth services include in-school elementary schools and after-school and summer tutoring in reading and math. SBLC trains volunteer tutors and maintains an extensive library of instructional materials for use by tutors and learners.