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If you or your organization is helping to create a Reading/Learning Community in the Mid-South or you need additional resources to make your program flourish, join us! We can help.


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Help an adult student learn to read or help with a special event. Host a fundraiser or sponsor a special event. There are many ways to help us start a reading revolution!


Our vision is 100% literacy in the Mid-South.

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a community actively engaged in continuous learning. Somewhere between 20% to 30% of adults in the Memphis metro area are functionally illiterate. That means more than just unemployment — their minds are unused and their dreams are unrealized.

Sponsor a Literacy Mid-South student!

We need YOUR help this Spring to raise money for our Adult Learning Program! Each year, more than 500 low-literate adults in Memphis learn how to read through this program, at a cost of approximately $500 per student. You can change someone's life by sponsoring their participation in the program!

All you have to do is create a fundraising page and ask you family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and more to support a cause you believe in! Click here to get started.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Nordtvedt at 901-601-9692 or heather [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org.

Upcoming Events


Adult Tutor Training (February)

This training is full! Please fill out an application, and we'll put you on the registration list for the April 18th training.
Thank you all for wanting to volunteer with us!

Want to Make a REAL Difference in Someone's Life? Teach Someone to Read  

Literacy Mid-South has adults on our waiting list who are willing and ready to learn but need a special person in their life to help them.  They want better lives.  They want to understand their personal finances better.  They want their driver's license.  They want to read to their children. They want to understand their world better, and they just need a chance.

YOU can help. There is no greater gift to give than helping a person succeed.  Facilitate learning in the life of an adult who struggles with reading, writing, and math through Literacy Mid-South's Adult Learning Program.  Volunteers are able to serve as facilitators to groups of adults or provide individual goal-centered tutoring to an adult learner.  Volunteers attend a one-day training that provides the tools for moving adults forward. 

Volunteers commit to meeting 2 hours, once a week for six months.  Volunteer opportunities are available during the day or at night.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  

The training will take place at the Benjamin L. Hooks Library, 3030 Poplar Ave, Room C. Coffee/water and snacks will be provided, just bring a bag lunch, pen and paper.

If you are interested in being a Literacy Mid-South Adult Basic Education volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application. If you would like to be a Literacy Mid-South English for You tutor, please fill out this Application.

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500K Book Giveaway - Volunteer Opportunity

Literacy Mid-South is partnering with First Book to bring 500,000 brand-new books to the Mid-South! We need lots of volunteers the week of March 9-13.

What will I be doing?
Volunteers will help with various tasks including organizing boxed inventory (books), affixing shipping labels to boxes, and preparing orders for group book pick-ups. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of their shift, as well as lift up to 30 pounds.

Where will this event take place?
Our generous warehouse host is located in Memphis, TN 38112. Due to event planning and security concerns, we only provide the exact warehouse address to registered volunteers.

What should I wear?
Volunteers must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes (sneakers are ideal) and we advise that you dress in layers that can get dirty. If the weather calls for it, shorts are fine – we know it can get hot! Additionally, you may be outside for a portion of your shift. Please be mindful of the weather and bring sunglasses, hats and/or rain gear, if applicable.

Do I need to bring anything?
We’ll have water and snacks for all volunteers and lunch will be made available for volunteers joining us for a full day. Work gloves are handy, but not necessary.

How do I sign up?
You may register to volunteer below! Please note that our greatest need for help is Monday-Wednesday. All registered volunteers will receive a formal confirmation email with the warehouse address and event details approximately one week before the event.

If I have questions, who do I call?
If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at fbnbb [at] firstbook [dot] org or 866-732-3669. You may also contact Heather Nordtvedt, Literacy Mid-South, at heather [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org or 901-601-9692.

Available Shifts:
Monday 3/9/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 3/10/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday 3/10/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 3/11/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday 3/11/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 3/12/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday 3/12/2015 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday 3/13/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Click here to register!

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