Educating Adults in the Tennessee Valley


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Join us on Friday, October 5, 6:30 pm, at Club LeConte.

Inductees who will be present to meet guests and sign their work include Doris Gove (children’s literature), Charles Dodd White (fiction), Wayne Bledsoe (nonfiction), Brian Griffin (poetry), and Scott Miller (songwriting).

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Voting ends August 31. You can vote once per day! 

We cannot do this without you!

Help us win up to $25,000!

The First Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of giving through a video contest and we could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for our organization. We need your help!

Our video has been submitted to contest, and now we need YOU to vote for us! The top 30 vote-getters will advance to the next level and could be one of the 25 winners receiving a grant.


Are you a credit union member?

If you belong to ORNL Federal Credit Union, please nominate Friends of Literacy for one of their $10,000 anniversary donations. The deadline is August 25. 


Our Mission

The mission of Friends of Literacy is to provide high-quality adult education programs for those in our community who are inadequately educated to meet the challenges of daily life. Our goal is to enable our students to achieve their full potential and become better citizens.

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Our Programs

Friends of Literacy's goal is to enable our students to achieve their full potential and become better citizens.  We offer basic and intermediate reading, language arts, and math classes, as well as one-on-one tutoring.


Beginning Readers

The Beginning Readers program at Friends of Literacy launches adults on the path to reading. Open to anyone who can verbally communicate in English, regardless of their native language.

HiSET Prep

The HiSET Prep Program at Friends of Literacy helps prepare adults for their high school equivalency exam.  These classes are taught in small groups and offer individualized lessons.

Literacy and Math Tutoring

Friends of Literacy offers one-on-one tutoring at our North Broadway office and other area locations. Tutoring sessions are led by volunteers in the One-on-One and Start Now programs. 


Adult Basic Education

The Adult Basic Education Program at Friends of Literacy provides provides language arts and math instruction for students at an elementary level.  Adults are grouped with peers based on academic level and work in small learning cohorts facilitated by an instructor.  

Tennessee Valley Reads

Tennessee Valley Reads, an extension of Beginning Readers, brings education closer to adults who need it by training and supporting other organizations, churches, and civic groups as they implement reading programs for adults at various locations in our community.


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"The work you do to achieve a goal is as important as the goal itself."

John Moss, Friends of Literacy Graduate



Get Involved

Friends of Literacy offers rewarding opportunities for volunteers to tutor adults in reading, language arts, or math.  If you are interested in becoming a Friends of Literacy tutor, please click here.

If your organization, church, or civic group is interested in hosting a beginning readers program for adults in your community, please contact us.

Sign up for a Program

If you or someone you know would like more information or to enroll in one of our adult education programs, please contact us at 865-549-7007, or email us at

Volunteer Opportunities

The One-on-One program offers adults basic reading, language arts, and math lessons taught by volunteers in an individualized setting at various locations around our community.

Support Friends of Literacy

Helping Friends of Literacy is easier than ever.  You can make a one-time or recurring donate online and also support us when you shop at Kroger or AmazonSmile. Click below to find out more.

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