"Back To School" Wish List

Can you help our students by donating school supplies? Friends of Literacy students are in need of the following:

  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • Single subject spiral notebooks
  • Quad graph paper
  • 3-ring, 2" binders
  • Folders with prongs and pockets
  • Dry erase markers
  • GED/HiSET scholarships -- $75 for each student

To donate, you can arrange to drop off items at our main office in the Regency Office Park at 900 East Hill Avenue, Suite 300, Knoxville, TN 37915 by calling 865-549-7007. Or you can click on the "Donate" button at the top of the website to contribute money towards the purchase of these items.

Thank you for your support!

(Click on the photo to see the Friends of Literacy back-to-school wish list.)


The Dollar General Foundation awarded Friends of Literacy a $10,000 grant to support new high school equivalency diploma  (GED/HiSET) classes in downtown Knoxville.

Click here to learn more about the Dollar General Grant.


Join us for these exciting events:

 

tickets on sale now for BOOTS, BUCKLES, AND BOOKS

Dust off your cowboy hat, pull on your dancing boots and join us for a fun time for a great cause. The 2nd annual Boots, Buckles, and Books takes place one August 21, 2015 at Hunter Valley Farms Stables.

For more information, click here for details.

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 EAST TN WRITERS HALL OF FAME

We're currently seeking nominations for East Tennessee writers in the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, social media, and lifetime achievement. If you know of anyone deserving this honor, please fill out the nomination form and return it to Friends of Literacy by June 25th. 

For more information about the event and to download the nomination form, click here for details.

 
James Jordan, student "You miss out on so much when you can't read. If I can read, I can do anything. Reading has opened my mind, and I've already traveled to so many places just in books. Friends of Literacy has given me everything I need. Now it's up to me."

James Jordan, student

"You miss out on so much when you can't read. If I can read, I can do anything. Reading has opened my mind, and I've already traveled to so many places just in books. Friends of Literacy has given me everything I need. Now it's up to me."


Welcome to the Friends of Literacy website. We hope you will take a few moments to explore our pages, meet our board members and staff, and learn about our mission, programs, events, resources, volunteers and needs.

During the past year, we worked with our adult education partners to help provide free literacy and high school equivalency diploma classes for 1,799 adult students in Knox County. In all, 283 GEDs and HiSET diplomas were awarded. To help make all that happen, FOL recruited, trained, placed and managed 56 volunteers who donated 2,659 hours tutoring students both in and outside the classroom.  

With help from a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant, we were able to add basic computer skills to our adult reading program this year. This has provided an enormous boost to our program, better equipping students to function in our technology-driven society.

As you navigate our website, we hope you will identify programs that may benefit someone you know, or that you will become a Friends of Literacy supporter or volunteer, and that you will participate in our fundraising events throughout the year. If you have particular questions that are not answered here, feel free to contact us at 865-549-7007 or by email at info@friendsofliteracy.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Nance
Executive Director

 

Support Second Chances When You Shop

Did you know that you can support Friends of Literacy every time you shop at Kroger and use your Kroger Plus Shopper's Card?

Simply register your Kroger card online and enter the organization number: 46107 for Friends of Literacy. With each purchase made, Kroger donates a percentage back to us!

You can support Friends of Literacy when you make purchases on AmazonSmile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Friends Of Literacy whenever you shop. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon: same products, same prices, same service. It's a great way to support Friends of Literacy and other charitable organizations every time you shop. Just use the link below, and when you shop, Amazon gives!

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/58-1984690