Nashville Adult Literacy Council
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One in eight adults in Nashville can’t read, and another 100,000 don't speak English proficiently. Founded in 1982, NALC teaches reading, writing and English-speaking skills. Annually, with the help of nearly 600 volunteers, more than 1,700 adult learners get a chance to transform their lives through literacy, 75% of whom are learning English. Literacy and language can change everything. It is the difference between employment and unemployment, prosperity and poverty, connection and isolation. Of adults with the lowest literacy levels in the United States, 43% live in poverty, and children born to these adults have a 72% chance of scoring at the lowest literacy levels themselves. NALC values and prioritizes each individual’s learning need, whether it’s working toward getting a driver’s license, earning U.S. citizenship, or simply writing a love letter to a spouse for the first time. As a result, we help people become more independent, increase income and participate in civic duties. If you care about poverty, healthcare, finances, crime rates, unemployment, taxes, employee productivity, human rights, academic success for children, or the healing power of snuggling up with a good book on a rainy day, then you care about adult literacy. There is a direct correlation for each. The need for NALC services is huge. We have perpetual waiting lists of people who are asking for our help. We are committed to helping adult learners in Nashville, and we can’t do it without you.