Meet Greg Walters: Friends of Literacy Volunteer and Home Federal Bank Hometown Hero

 Greg Walters (left) in a tutoring session

Greg Walters (left) in a tutoring session


Home Federal Bank named Gregory W. Walters a Hometown Hero and also the program’s 2013 overall winner. Bank President Dale Keasling presented a check for $5,000 in Walter’s name to Friends of Literacy at a special ceremony at Home Federal Bank’s Fountain City branch in May 2013.

Read more about Walters and his commitment to supporting second chances here, or watch the video below.

Meet Volunteer Tracy Lawrence

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In the year since she helped launch the computer class for women in the Knox County jail, Friends of Literacy volunteer Tracy Lawrence has seen not only improved computer skills but also raised self-esteem among the approximately 25 incarcerated women who have participated in the class.

“In the beginning, many students could text up a storm,” says Lawrence, “but they needed help learning to type.” Lawrence was quick to introduce fun projects such as creating greeting cards that the women could send to family members. Lawrence says it has been especially rewarding to see students who struggled with simple tasks early on now helping other students in the class.

Lawrence is a woman with a mission and vision. Her work with Friends of Literacy and the Knox County Jail has helped solidify her passion for working with incarcerated women. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Kentucky University and has recently applied for admission to the master’s degree program at the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work.  

“The women enrich me more than I enrich them,” insists Lawrence.