Serving Buncombe County for over 25 years.
The Literacy Council of Buncombe County was created in 1987 as a merger of two leading adult literacy organizations – Altrusa of Asheville and the Asheville-Buncombe Literacy Council. Since our beginning over twenty years ago, we have continued to grow programming and expand our reach.
Some notable dates are:
1987 – The Literacy Council of Buncombe County became a 501(c)3 organization serving Adult Education students.
1990 – Held the first Annual Spelling Bee fundraiser.
1991 – Launched the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
2002 – First achieved accreditation from ProLiteracy America. Successfully reapplied and met accreditation standards every four years thereafter until the accredidation program was discontinued in 2014.
2003 – Launched the U.S. Citizenship program.
2006 – Opened the Nancy S. Crosby Computer Center.
2008 – Held the first Annual Authors for Literacy fundraiser, featuring Elizabeth Kostova.
2009 – ESOL tutor trainer certified by ProLiteracy America.
2009 – Upgraded the computer center with all new equipment and software donated by Charlotte Street Computers.
2010 – Launched the Augustine Project®, a program serving low-income children reading below grade level.
2010 – Received the Melvin R. Lane Fund Grant to increase sustainability.
2013 – Launched partnership with NC LiteracyCorps.
2013 – Received the NC Sector Stewardship Award from the NC Center for Nonprofits
By Fred Chappell
Poet Laureate Emeritus of North Carolina
It waits as patiently as a forest trail
To take you to a place you must have heard about,
Quiet and exciting, a glade to be alone in,
With those who came before.
At first the journey is one slow letter at a time,
But sooner than you thought, you clip along,
Your pace growing smarter with each step.
You never arrive at an end
Because you never want to,
And a thousand other trails lead off from this one path,
Mysterious, inviting, alive with shadowy light.
The book will go with you as far as you desire.
And if you like, I will come with you.