Call For Nominations
Friends of Literacy is currently seeking nominations for the the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame.
Nominations are being sought for eight categories:
Lifetime Achievement, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Social Media, Song Writing, Drama, and Children's Literature
Click below to download a nomination form.
Learn more about the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame here.
Friends of Literacy is excited to announce our newest fundraiser Food with Friends!
Please plan to dine with one of our partner restaurants on the second Monday of the month and a portion of your bill will be donated back to Friends of Literacy!
Thanks to NPR for shining a light on adult literacy efforts!
Thank you for visiting the Friends of Literacy website. We are excited to be in our 26th year of serving adults in Knox and surrounding counties who are inadequately educated to meet the challenges of daily life. By helping our students fulfill their reading and educational aspirations, we enable them to achieve their full potential. Last year, 231 adults participated in Friends of Literacy programs.
In Knox County, 10% of adults are functionally illiterate. The rates are even higher in surrounding counties: Anderson County 11%, Blount County 11%, Roane County 13%, and Sevier County 12%. Employment opportunities, economic security, and civic participation all depend on an individual’s ability to read. Among welfare recipients, 90% are high school dropouts. Illiteracy
and crime are closely related: more than 60% of all prison inmates are functionally illiterate, and over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
As you learn more about our organization, we hope you will recognize ways you can partner with us, as a donor, as a volunteer, or as an ambassador, sharing information about Friends of Literacy with your friends and neighbors. Together, we can help ensure that all residents of our community have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
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!