The Nashville Adult Literacy Council (NALC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching reading to U.S.-born adults and English skills to adult immigrants.
NALC empowers adults to increase their reading and English skills thereby improving the community.
Our vision is for all to learn and for all to help build a community of adults empowered through literacy.
Each year we serve more than 1,500 learners, work with more than 500 volunteer tutors, and conduct more than 30 classes. Since opening in 1982, NALC has trained thousands of volunteers who, in turn, have taught thousands of adults to read and succeed. NALC has received eight national awards and two regional awards for outstanding program, staff dedication, and student achievement. In 2006, we were one of seven programs in the U.S. selected as a model of best practices for dealing with a waiting list. In 2009, we won the Salute to Excellence award for Innovation in Action from the Frist Foundation and our cherished volunteer, Robert Chandler, won the Mary Catherine Strobel award for volunteerism. It is the dedication of our volunteer tutors that provide the backbone of the program.