Literacy Together (formerly Literacy Council of Buncombe County)

The mission of Literacy Together is to transform lives and communities through the power of literacy. Our vision is for a just and equitable community in which literacy is accessible and achievable by all.

Equity underlies everything we do. We serve immigrants, low-wealth, and disadvantaged individuals of every age, race, and gender. Literacy is a primary determinant of health, employment, income levels, and constructive self-expression. Without intervention children who do not read proficiently become adults with low literacy and the cycle continues. Our one-on-one and small group tutoring is free and based on students’ schedules, making it accessible to those who would otherwise be unable to afford or attend traditional classroom settings.


Literacy Together has been a vital resource in the community for 35 years, promoting comprehensive literacy and English language skills. A lack of basic literacy is a relatively hidden yet pervasive challenge in our community: 10% of adults read, write, or spell below a third-grade level (National Assessment of Adult Literacy). Low literacy skills keep talented individuals from finding living-wage jobs and limits their ability to help their children in school. Research shows that children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72% chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves, making low literacy and poverty an interconnected, generational cycle.

Our four programs meet a critical need in the community:

Adult Literacy
The Adult Literacy program teaches reading, writing, and math to English-speaking adults who read at or below a basic skills level. This program typically serves 50 students per year. Adult Literacy students come to us because they want to improve their job prospects, help their children in school, earn a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, and/or improve their ability to thrive in today’s world.

Youth Literacy
The Youth Literacy program improves the academic achievement of children and teens from low-income families who struggle with literacy skills. The project trains volunteer tutors who provide free, one-on-one, long-term instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. This program serves 40 students per year and has a 100% success rate.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
The ESOL program teaches oral English, reading, and writing to adults who have immigrated to the U.S. from around the world. With 250 adult students enrolled each year, the ESOL program serves approximately 80% of all Literacy Together students. Our students’ most common goals in learning English are to improve their employment prospects, get help studying for the U.S. Naturalization exam, and help their children in school.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library®
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library seeks to positively impact the pre-literacy skills and school readiness of children under the age of five in Buncombe County by mailing a free, age-appropriate book to registered children each month. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library creates a home library of up to 60 books, instilling a love of books and reading from an early age. This Literacy Together program will serve over 4,200 children during the 2020/21 fiscal year.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

Address: 31 College Place, Suite B221 Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: 828-254-3442
Service Areas: Buncombe

Community Notes

Equity and Inclusion (Uncertified): Female-Owned
BRPC Supporter: Donor

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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