The Adult Literacy Program (brought to you by the Cumberland Adult Reading Council) offers free tutoring to adults who need help in basic reading, writing and math skills. 

Founded in 2005, tutoring and small group sessions are available free of charge to the students.

Cumberland Adult Reading Council

P.O. Box 3723
Crossville, TN 38557

We are located inside the
Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), Bldg #1
910 Miller Avenue
Crossville TN 38555

Tel: (931) 337-5809

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

News and Events



We can really use your help to provide our services to the Cumberland County community.

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The Cumberland Adult Reading Council (CARC) kicked off Adult Literacy Month by hosting its annual meeting at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Sept. 7. CARC shared information about how it helps adults learn to read, write and do basic math. CARC is the only program in Cumberland County that offers free one-on-one tutoring (via volunteers) for adults 18 and over. To learn more about CARC and its services, call 337-5809, email admin@cumberlandliteracy.org or visit www.cumberlandliteracy.org.

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Great news! We received a check today from Cumberland County United Fund for the 2nd qtr of 2017 for $2,500, and inside it included our 2018 funding amount which is again $10,000. Thank you United Fund! Your support is absolutely necessary for us to continue providing free one-on-one tutoring to adults in Cumberland County.

If you, or your organization would like to help our cause, please contact us at (931) 337-5809.

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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 www.dgliteracy.org.

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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Steve Zavacky - Tutor of the Month, July 2016

Steve Zavacky (left) is pictured here with Jerry Young as he is presented with the July 2016 Tutor of the Month award. Congratulations Steve!

Steve Zavachy being presented with the tutor of the month award

Steve Zavacy (left) and Jerry Young (Right)

Eileen Conor - Tutor of the Month, June 2016

Eileen Conor (right) is pictured here with Judi Edwards as she is presented with the June 2016 Tutor of the Month award. Congratulations Eileen!

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Judi Edwards presents "Tutor of the Month" to Eileen Conor


Amazon's Second-Annual Prime Day

On July 12, Amazon will feature more than 100,000 deals exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Please shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Cumberland Adult Reading Council.

When you #StartWithaSmile on #PrimeDay, Amazon donates to Cumberland Adult Reading Council. Shop for great deals at: http://smile.amazon.com or simply click the image below ...

Hispanic Festival

On 18 June, volunteers from the Adult Literacy Program were at the Crossville Hispanic Festival
which took place at the Ampitheater in front of the Library in Crossville.


Dance exhibition


Festival Goers


Adult Literacy Program Volunteers were hard at work explaining our program and providing information to potential students and tutors.


Celebrating 11 Years of Partnership with the
United Fund

United Fund Certificate

The Cumberland Adult Reading Council was awarded this certificate recognizing 11 years of partnership with the United Fund. Thank you United Fund for your continued support of our efforts.

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On 10 May, the Board of Directors held a meeting with all of our Adult Literacy Program Volunteer Tutors. A total of 19 tutors were present, some of whom are pictured above. The meeting was hosted by Mr. Jeff Keagle, Board Chair. The first order of business was an introduction of the 2016 Board of Directors members to the tutors as we have many new faces on the Board. Mr. Jerry Young introduced the Tutors to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and spoke about the opportunities they have within the facility and what procedures to follow when arriving/departing the campus. Mr. Gary Smith provided information about the organization's web site and its latest feature - the ability to submit monthly tutor reports directly from the web site.

Jeff Keagle spoke about the various committees that have been establisted to ensure organizational success and introduced a new committee ... the "Student & Tutor Development Committee." This committee will be staffed by board members, tutors and volunteers and it will determine educational programs, best practices and the way ahead for the educational side of the organization. It will also establish training procedures to bring new tutor volunteers on board and provide ways and means for tutors to assist each other. All tutors were invited to participate on this committee and a sign up sheet was passed around. NOTE: If you didn't get the chance to sign up, it's not too late, simply email the office (admin@cumberlandliteracy.org) and let us know you would like to be a part of the Student & Tutor Development Committee.

Mr. Jeff Keagle introduced a new program that starts in June 2016 - a monthly Tutor Recognition Program. Each month, a tutor will be selected and highlighted in a newspaper article. The selected tutor will also receive a thank you reward from a local business to recognize their hard work and dedication.

The meeting was then opened up for questions and discussion followed that provided excellent crosstalk among the tutors who spoke about various tools that are available online to help ESL students. Mr. Denis Edwards (Office Administrator) asked the tutors to email this information to admin@cumberlandliteracy.org where it can be compiled and shared with all tutors and especially the new Student & Tutor Development Committee.

The meeting was adjourned and informal discussion followed as Board members and Tutors mingled while enjoying a nice variety of refreshments provided by the Cumberland Adult Reading Council and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Board of Directors picture

Pictured left to right: Denis Edwards (Office Administrator), Gary Smith (IT Management), Tammie Hyder (Vice Chair), Jane Aversa, Judi Carruthers, Judi Edwards (Marketing), Tina Webb (Treasurer), Pam Matthews (Secretary), Jeff Keagle (Chair), Jerry Young.


CARC Achieves GuideStar Platinum Level

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GuideStar collects information on nonprofits from the IRS and other sources and organizes it into one of the most respected databases of information about nonprofits. Nonprofits recognized as a US-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization are recognized at different levels based on their transparancy of information about the organization (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum). GuideStar has awarded us their highest participant level - Platinum.  



On 10 May, we will have a meeting with all tutors at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Bldg #1 at 4:00 p.m. (910 Miller Avenue
Crossville TN 38555). Come and meet your Board members and Committee Chairpeople. We have exciting news and hope you can be at this long overdue event.

March 2016

We have moved!

The Adult Literacy Program relocated from our former offices on Goodwin Circle to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). We are very excited to partner with TCAT and provide free tutoring to adults in our community who need help with reading, writing, basic math and/or English as a second language. TCAT affords many possibilities for our tutors including classrooms, computer labs, and more.

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The Cumberland Adult Reading Council is now located at TCAT in Building #1. The office is just inside the main door to the building on your left as you enter.

TCAT front door

January 2016:

Adult Literacy Program presented at Rotary

Rotary members with Jeff Keagle
From left are Rotary President Nick Reed; Pam Matthews, CARC Secretary;
Judi Edwards, CARC Marketing; Jeff Keagle, CARC Chairman;
and Rotarian Tony Warlikowski.

Image ©2016, Crossville Chronicle, Source: http://www.crossville-chronicle.com

The Rotary Club of Fairfield Glade invited Jeff Keagle, chairman of the Cumberland Adult Reading Council (CARC), to present at its recent meeting.

As reported in the 4 Feb 16 edition of the Glade Sun, "It is startling that so many adults are unable to read. Everyday tasks require ability to read signs, instructions, warnings, etc. Imagine how difficult it would be to function on a job and care for a family if unable to read."

The Glade Sun goes on to say, "Solving this problem for adults in Cumberland County is the goal of the CARC. They provide free instruction via volunteer tutoring so adults (18 year and older) can acquire functional literacy in reading, writing and math to achieve personal and academic goals. To meet this need they are always in need of volunteers to handle tutoring and donations to cover cost of materials."

Promoting education is six areas of focus for Rotary International and local clubs. For more information on Rotary and the Fairfield Glade Club, visit www.ffgrotary.org 

Thank you Rotary Club of Fairfield Glade for allowing us to speak at your event and to our friends at Chrossville Chronicle and Glade Sun for your continued support.

November 2015:

  • The Adult Literacy Program participated at this year’s Alternative Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

kelly smith at the alternative christmas event

Kelly Smith (pictured above) met with many individuals interested in our Adult Literacy Program. She succeeded in obtaining pledges, recruiting potential tutors and achieved visibility for our organization with individuals who may know people who can benefit from what we have to offer. In addition, she created awareness of our programs with representatives from other organizations who may also have individuals who can benefit from our literacy tutoring.

  • Board of Directors meeting was held on 10 Nov 2015. New Mission and Vision statements approved for the 2016 Business Plan revisions.

  • Achieved Gold level certification from Guidestar Exchange and established web site hosting with BlueHost. Web page revisions completed for new hosting solution.

  • Received two laptops courtesy of a grant from Wal-Mart (Thank you!!!)

  • Completed an informational flyer about our literacy program (download here)

October 2015:

Representatives from the Adult Lieracy Program (Kelly Smith, Jeff Keagle and Joanne McCammon) spoke at a Fairfield Glade Ladies Club event and raised over $400 in cash donations.

A very special THANK YOU to our recent donors.

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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 www.krogercommunityrewards.com.

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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 http://ffgladiesclub.org/index.html

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 http://www.highlandfederal.com

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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 http://www.pleasanthillucctn.org
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.
For more information about this program, visit http://vec.org/vecustomer-share/


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