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ORGANIZATION: Literacy Together (formerly Literacy Council of Buncombe County)

  • 82 people are interested

Our Adult Literacy program teaches reading, writing, and math to adults who read at or below a basic skills level. Our Adult Education program currently maintains an enrollment of approximately 50 students who work one-on-one with volunteer tutors. All tutors receive training in the proven Orton-Gillingham methodology-a phonics-based reading method-and use the Wilson Reading System curriculum.

Although English is their native language, Adult Literacy students are non-readers who struggle with recognizing individual written words and comprehending a sentence or longer passage. They comprise a diverse group in terms of educational background, socio-economic status, personal goals, and learning styles. Many are challenged by learning disabilities such as dyslexia. They come to us because they want to improve their job prospects, help their children in school, enroll in a GED program, or just feel better about themselves and their ability to cope in today’s world.

This video portrays Daniel, an Adult Literacy student, and Ed, his tutor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-soF5iKuGWw

More Adult Literacy stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grkhTd492TI

Here you can read more about this program: https://lit-together.org/programs/adult-literacy/

Please follow this link to sign up to volunteer with us: https://lit-together.org/volunteer-roles/become-a-volunteer/

Or you can send us an email to Laura@lit-together.org


Testimonials from people who participated in the orientation meetings:

"I loved the stories that were shared of how volunteers enhanced the lives of adults and children through tutoring. I am excited to contribute to developing children’s literary skills, as I am passionate about literature. ~ Lauren

"I was surprised to learn about the number of people in Buncombe County who cannot read." Carol "I was surprised by many of the statistics about literacy rates and had not considered just how strongly literacy is linked to poverty and family history. All the more eager to help!" ~Karen "The statistics shown were very important, especially about gaps in literacy levels between black and white students." ~ Nadia " I did not know that you could volunteer internationally. That is great!" ~ Eric

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About Literacy Together (formerly Literacy Council of Buncombe County)


31 College St., Building B. Suite 221, Asheville, NC 28801, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy. Our vision is a just and equitable community in which literacy is accessible and achievable for all.


Literacy Together (formerly The Literacy Council of Buncombe County) was created in 1986 as a merger of two leading adult literacy organizations - Altrusa of Asheville and the Asheville-Buncombe Literacy Council. Since our beginning 35 years ago, we have continued to grow programming and expand our reach to meet the literacy and English language needs of people of all ages in Buncombe County.

Please take five minutes to watch our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWZNYZVkmO0. Thanks!


Education & Literacy
Community, Education & Literacy, Employment


We'll work with your schedule.


31 College Place,Suite B-221asheville, NC 28801


  • Tutoring
  • Adult Education
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Reading / Writing




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 12 months, 2 lessons per week, 1 hour each
  • orientation + 12 hours of training

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