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Brief Literacy Info.

It is estimated nationally that 1 in 5 adults over 18 years of age is functionally illiterate. Our goal is to recruit and encourage individuals to improve their literacy skills. Caring and personal attention, realistic and relevant goal setting, and sensitivity to family issues are components of our program.

In our adult literacy programs, volunteers provide free one-on-one tutoring to students. Free educational materials are provided. Survival skills English, pre-literacy language development, and beginning reading are offered in one-on-one or small group instruction.

Childcare and transportation are offered to participants in the Project FLOWER program at the Grace Episcopal class location only. As students gain confidence and skills, they can then continue on to the more advanced ESL classes offered by Western Piedmont Community College.

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What Can I Do To Help The Burke County Literacy Council?

We offer many ways you can help:

1. Become a tutor:

  • One on One Tutor - Help other adults learn how to read or improve their reading level. Days and times are flexible to suit your schedule. 1-2 hours a week.

  • ESL Tutor - Help non-English speaking adults and children learn English. (Knowing how to speak another language is not required) 2 hours a week.

  • Civics Tutor - Help adult immigrants study for the INS exam to gain their citizenship. 1-2 hours a week.

2. Read to children in the waiting room at participating doctors’ offices throughout the county.

3. Clerical/Office assistance at our office located in Morganton.

4. Join our Committees:

  • Spelling Bee (Event in May) Assist with the planning, advertising, recruiting, setting up and tearing down the event, or getting sponsors for the event.

  • General Fundraising (Year round) selling fundraising tickets for different fundraisers and planning new fundraisers.

  • Community Outreach (Year round) be an advocate for the Literacy Council and let people in the community know what services we offer. Word of mouth is the best recruitment tool for our program.

5. Donate gently used children’s books – we offer these books in pediatrician offices, Health Department, and Social Services waiting rooms.

6. Financially support our programs through a donation to help alleviate illiteracy in Burke County. Click on the Donate Now button Donate Now

7. Shop with Amazon? Go to and type in Burke County Literacy Council as your charity and 0.5% of each purchase will be donated to BCLC! You can add the Amazon 1 Button App to your browser which will also keep BCLC as your charity for easy shopping.

8. Add the GoodSearch toolbar to your browser and designate the Burke County Literacy Council as your charity.

9. Many opportunities are available as needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are available.

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Burke County Literacy Council
Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 989 C/O College St.
Morganton, NC 28680
Physical Address: 510 S. College St.
Morganton, NC 28655

Phone: (828) 437-7477 // Fax: (828) 437-7948
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