Literacy Volunteers

Reviving Adult Literacy in Union County


Literacy Council of Union County

Closed June 2019

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Volunteers needed to continue adult literacy program in Union Co. 


INDIAN TRAIL– Local nonprofit Common Heart is spearheading efforts to continue adult literacy tutoring following the recent closure of the Literacy Council of Union County.


An interest meeting was held on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Community Shelter of Union County, 160 Meadow Street, in Monroe. Input from the community including past volunteers, tutors and other interested parties was received and a steering committee was formed. Two weeks later the steering committee met, and initiated a plan to mobilize volunteers to resurrect the adult literacy program as a volunteer driven program of Common Heart.


“Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring is critical in our community and needs to continue,” said Keith Adams, Executive Director of Common Heart. “We’re going to support the continuation of this important mission however we can. We’re looking to partner with individuals, churches and other organizations to keep the mission going. This is a group effort.”


Kelly Norton, a former executive director of the Literacy Council, said until you meet an adult who can’t read you don’t realize just how important literacy is.

“Literacy impacts every part of a person’s life,” she said. “Every day we read street signs or a note from our child’s teacher without thinking about it. But for so many of our neighbors, reading is a life line.”


Literacy Council co-founder and former director Linda Moyer has been working and volunteering in literacy since 1983 and was key to the Council’s founding in 1998. She’s hopeful that the work will continue in Union County and says she believes in the mantra: “If you can read, you can teach someone to read.”

“Other than the ability to read, a volunteer needs no special skills. A great literacy volunteer just has patience and the desire to help a neighbor,” Moyer said. “We need volunteers from a variety of backgrounds who have a passion for adult literacy.”


The biggest need right now is for volunteers to organize and implement a program to support the tutors and students still meeting after the closure of the council. As of August 15 we have 25 students still meeting with 5 tutors, and we have 5 tutors ready to take on new students in the fall. Then the task is to rebuild. In October we opened our facility in Monroe and begin recruiting students and tutors. Would you consider volunteering and donating to financially support this new program? 


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