Literacy Is Essential Telethon

Click “play” below for a Telethon sneak peak (return to this page on Oct. 21 to view the Telethon):

A New Tradition

Donate NowDCLC’s annual Champions of Adult Literacy fundraiser honors community members who champion literacy and who support DCLC’s efforts to provide free services to adults who are improving their basic skills, preparing for their GED, or learning English as a Second Language so they can thrive in the workplace and community.

This year DCLC has decided to celebrate our Champions of Adult Literacy in a safe and innovative way—online! Welcome to the first-ever Literacy Is Essential Telethon, a free online celebration of adult literacy to be aired Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time!

The 2020 Champions of Adult Literacy

Each of these Champions of Adult Literacy will be honored as part of the October 21st Literacy Is Essential Telethon. Check back for full profiles of each of these deserving champions or sign up here to get updates right in your inbox!

Student Champion
Maria Torres

Community Champion
Jonathan Abdur Rahim King

Hometown Hero Champion
Delaware County Citizen Corps


Special Guests

This exciting online event will feature student success stories, Champion awards, and appearances and performances by many special guests with local roots, including:


Monica Horan imageMonica Horan, Actress, Everybody Loves Raymond Danie Ocean imageDanie Ocean, Recording Artist
Dan Connor with Carolina PanthersDan Connor, Coach, Penn State Standout

Check this page often, as we will be announcing new guests and adding more links and details about all of the special guests. You can also receive news as it happens by signing up here to get updates right in your inbox!

Share the Excitement

Literacy Is Essential will be available online for free to a worldwide audience! Please let your family and friends know about this exciting way to support adult literacy. Click here for the Social Media Kit for the event. And here are two social media images to share right away:

Generously Supported by the Community

Major Sponsor


Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union logo

Major Sponsor

Harrah's Philadelphia logo


Supporting Sponsor


Sun East Federal Credit Union Logo

Supporting Sponsor

White Horse Village logo

Kings Automotive logo

Rose Valley Appraisal


Vinnie Arcana All State Agent

Individual Sponsors

Carol A. Weiss David Belanger

Join these generous sponsors and support the Literacy Is Essential Telethon. Learn more here and complete your sponsorship here, or email