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Illiteracy Hurts Adults

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Mission Statement

The Adult Literacy Program provides free education to adults via volunteer tutoring to acquire functional literacy in reading, writing and math to achieve personal academic goals.


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Your tax-deductible donation will help provide free one-on-one tutoring to help adults in our community achieve functional literacy.
For just $10, you can provide learning supplies to an adult in need of your help.

One in eight Cumberland County adults need help to develop their reading, writing or basic math skills. Your gift to the Cumberland Adult Reading Council in support of the Adult Literacy Program helps the staff and volunteers meet the needs of our current and future learners.

Thank you for supporting the Adult Literacy Program.

Please click the donate button

To send your donation by mail, please make your check payable to:
Cumberland Adult Reading Council and mail to: 

Cumberland Adult Reading Council
P.O. Box 3723
Crossville, TN 38557
If you would like to discuss donating in money or in kind, please give us a call at (931) 337-5809 or, come visit us. We are located inside the
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT),
Bldg #1
910 Miller Avenue, Crossville TN 38555

Become a Sponsor

Sponsors contribute annually to help improve the literacy skills of adults in Cumberland County. If you would like to become a sponsor, simply complete the form below and click submit. When we receive your request, we will contact you to arrange for payment. Payment can be made in cash, check, credit or debit card. Thank you for your support!



Our Wish List

We depend on friends like you to assist us with helping our community.  We have compiled a list of items that we wish we could have to further our mission and support our programs.  If you are able to donate the item or the money for the item, please contact our office at (931) 337-5809 or

  • Gift cards for class supplies (i.e. Staples, Wal-Mart, Etc.)

  • Calculators

  • Pens (ink)

  • Dry erase markers

  • Pocket Portfolio folders with or without prongs

  • $10 gift cards to use as student prizes

  • White one-inch, three-ring binders

  • White legal pads

  • Spiral notebooks (wide line)

  • iTunes gift cards for learning apps

  • Tab dividers with color-coded plastic tabs for inserts

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You can also become a literacy hero by shopping at Kroger.

Link your Kroger Plus Shopper's Card to the Cumberland Adult Reading Council and a portion of your purchase amount will be donated.

To do this, go to Kroger's website, login to your account (or establish a new one).
After accessing the site, click the tab labelled "Community" and then select "Community Rewards."
Select "View Your Rewards Details" (or edit this section for new accounts).
Enter "Cumberland Adult Reading Council" in the search box and us from the search results.

Here's a link to Kroger's website:

For more details about Kroger's Community Rewards program, visit

A very special THANK YOU
to all our recent donors.

CARC is receiving a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Literacy. This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve.” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for nearly 25 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

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Middle TN Natural Gas logo
Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District Project Hometown Help Program
donated $750.00 in December 2015. Click here to view Donation Letter

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The Kroger Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to local communities.
Our supporters (8 households) who shopped at Krogers between 2015-09-01 and 2015-11-30 contributed to a $59.72 total donation.
If you would like to support the Cumberland Adult Reading Council through the Kroger Rewards program,
click here and sign up at

United Fund of Cumberland County Logo
The United Fund of Cumberland County, Inc. provides administrative and other central services for the public and private health, welfare, character building and recreation, education service, charitable and philanthropic agencies and community organizations and the general public of Crossville, Cumberland County and vicinity.
A very special thank you for your donation of $1,200.00 in Dec 2015.

St Raphael's Church

St. Raphael's Episcopal Church, Crossville TN provides space for our Board of Directors monthly meeting.

Fairfield Glade
Ladies Club

The Fairfield Glade Ladies Club donated $450.00
This organization strives to help those in need in our extended community.
To get involved, visit

Highland Federal Savings and Loan logo

Highland Federal Savings and Loan has been a long time supporter of the Cumberland Adult Reading Council and in December 2015, they have pledged to continue their support.
Visit them at

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Alternative Christmas Fair
Giving a meaningful gift during the holidays that supports worthy organizations is the essence of our Pleasant Hill Community Church Alternative Christmas Fair held each year on the third Saturday in November. For more information, visit
This year's event provided $625.00

Customers of Volunteer Energy Cooperative participate in the VECustomers Share program. Customer bills are rounded up to the next highest dollar and the excess amount is placed into the VECustomers Share fund to support projects that benefit communities in the Volunteer Energy Cooperative service area.
In December, VEC provided $800.00 for the Adult Literacy Program in Cumberland County.
Click here to view VEC's donor letter


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Can’t decide how much to give?


  • $10 donation buys school supplies for one student.

  • $35 donation buys a textbook and dictionary for one student.

  • $50 donation purchases workbooks for one non-reader.

  • $75 donation covers the HiSET testing fee.

  • $150 donation provides one year of books for one student and tutor.

  • $500 donation provides books and materials for 15 students.

  • $1,000 donation provides administrative support to students and tutors.

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