Friends of Literacy Receives Dollar General Grant


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

“Friends of Literacy is very appreciative of this grant,” said FOL executive director Melissa Nance.  “It will help us fill a need for GED/HiSET classes in downtown Knoxville created by the relocation of Knox County Schools Adult Education (KCSAE) out of the city center and the closure of programs previously offered at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Avenue campus and through the UT Wave program.” 

In an attempt to address this need earlier in the year, FOL established an evening GED/HiSET class at its office classroom on East Hill Avenue.  “This grant will help us sustain this evening class as well as be able to offer a second class in the daytime,” Nance explained.

 “It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping nearly six million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. 

Established in 1991, Friends of Literacy offers adult literacy and GED/HiSET classes to the one-in-eight adults in Knox County who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma as well as the one-in-12 adults in the county who cannot read above a 6th grade level.  

Additionally, through a NEXT STEP program, FOL helps GED/HiSET students and graduates transition to post-secondary education and/or the workplace.   Recently, FOL began offering basic computer literacy classes.   Adults interested in registering for any FOL adult literacy classes are encouraged to call the office at 865-549-7007.

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2015 Bachelor Auction

Friends of Literacy is now accepting nominations for eligible bachelors! If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2015 Bachelor Auction to be held on March 13, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza, click on the link below to download the application. Applications are due January 20, and the first 20 bachelors to return the complete application will receive top consideration.

2015 Bachelor Auction Application

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Now Hiring: Part-time Program Director

Friends of Literacy is seeking applicants for a Part-time Program Director. Duties include but are not limited to: supervising teachers, program site visits, test administration, working with program partners, ordering supplies, maintaining database, assisting with special events, recruiting students, preparing reports, conflict resolution, public speaking, and recruiting, training, supervising and placing volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a least a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Must have a minimum of three years of successful experience teaching.
  • Former supervisory experience (preferred)
  • Must have good organization and planning skills.
  • Must possess good oral and written communication skills and have the ability to deal with students, teachers, program partners and the general public in a professional matter.
  • Must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Suite and computers in general.
  • Must have excellent time management skills and be able to juggle many things at once.

Experience with event planning, managing volunteers or serving as a volunteer, public speaking, and nonprofits desired.  Applicant should be self-motivated, have an outgoing personality, and have knowledge or experience with stated job tasks.  This is a part-time 24 hour a week position with most hours taking place in the day with an occasional evening. Salary is based on experience and will range from $15-$16 an hour. To be considered you must send a resume, cover letter and references to Resumes accepted until position is filled.


Now hiring a part-time GED/HiSET instructor

Part-time GED/High School Equivalency Instructor for adult students sought for Friends of Literacy in Knoxville. Applicant must have the ability to work with students at all learning levels. Instructor must have the ability to teach effectively using a variety of methods, ability to create both a flexible classroom program and a class environment favorable to learning and personal growth, and ability to work with volunteer tutors in delivering lessons. Duties include but are not limited to developing curriculum, teaching class, purchasing instructional materials, supervising volunteers, & monthly reporting. Applicant should be self motivated, have excellent written and verbal communication skills, have an outgoing personality, and have knowledge or experience with stated job tasks. This is a part-time position working mostly evenings for 8-10 hours a week. Applicant must have a Bachelors Degree in education. Interested applicants should send their resume, cover letter and references to by August 29.