Now Hiring: Part-time Program Director

We're looking for a part-time Program Director to coordinate our education and volunteer programs. Click on the link below to learn more about the position and how to apply.

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Join us at the 11th East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame

Friends of Literacy will induct five writers into the East TN Writers Hall of Fame. The event will take place on Thursday, October 23rd at 11:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Knoxville. Tickets are $100 and include a three course lunch and time to meet one-on-one with the authors and get books signed. 

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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


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!