Our first volunteer training class in our new office!

Our first volunteer training class in our new office!

Friends of Literacy welcomes volunteers from throughout the community. 

FOL volunteers donate their time tutoring adult learners, serving as classroom aides, working in the FOL office, assisting at special events and serving on committees. Tutors help adult learners master reading, math and language skills, in a number of different adult education programs in Knox County. Studies show that students who work one-on-one with a tutor are more likely to advance in study and will increase educational levels at a quicker pace than those who do not have the benefit of individual tutoring.

During the last fiscal year, 77 volunteers devoted 4,709 hours to assisting FOL students both in and outside of the classroom.

Please read our Volunteer FAQs for more information.


FOL offers a volunteer orientation and training program as either a one-day session or two evening sessions on an as-needed basis. Anyone who wishes to volunteer in any aspect must complete the entire program. In addition to service to programs and students, FOL volunteers have opportunities to participate in ongoing training, an annual appreciation party and an array of FOL activities and events.

Training includes background about Friends of Literacy, adult learners and effective tutoring skills. Learning skills and basic academic skills are also reviewed. Anyone who completes an online application will be placed on the notification list for the next session and will receive messages about the dates, times and location as dates are available. To register, click here: VOLUNTEER APPLICATION, and complete the application form to get started in a rewarding volunteer experience.

The next volunteer training date has not been determined. Please complete a volunteer application to be notified of future training workshops.