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Cape Fear Literacy Council

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adult Education, Education

Mission: To provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community.

Results: For 35 years, CFLC has recruited, trained, and certified approximately 2,000 volunteer tutors. These tutors, in turn, have donated hundreds of thousands of hours to help thousands of adult learners throughout the Cape Fear region. In 2019, CFLC served nearly 500 students in our community.

Target demographics: Our services are FREE to adults - ages 18 and older - in the Cape Fear/New Hanover County region. We also provide tutoring assistance to young adults age 16 and older who are currently enrolled in a GED program.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019, CFLC served nearly 500 students in our community.

Geographic areas served: Our mission is to provide personalized education so adults can transform their lives and contribute to a stronger community.

Programs: Our two programs - Adult Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) - provide one-on-one tutoring, small class sessions, and specialized readiness workshops that focus on employment skills and/or United States citizenship.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jodie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, "Reading is the key that opens doors to many good things in life. Reading shaped my dreams, and more reading helped me make my dreams come true."

The Cape Fear Literacy Council has made countless dreams come true, and I'm so honored to have helped open a few doors.

2 Liz C.4

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteered with CFLC throughout my years in college and got to see firsthand the tremendous impact they have on the lives of those they serve. Their small but mighty team is making a real difference in our community. Now I choose to support them as a donor, and continue to see the benefits of the services they provide when they work with clients at my agency.

1 Louise Carchedi G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a teacher at Cape Fear Literacy before the pandemic caused them to close. The students were eager to learn English. They were treated with great respect. The staff is wonderful!

1 Karen P.10

Board Member

Rating: 5

Served as volunteer for events, joined board of director’s, humbly served as president of the board...the training for volunteer tutors is phenomenal, especially ESL. The most devoted staff and leadership team, assisting adults with math, reading, financial literacy. All of us love diversity and feel honored to be a part of the CFLC mission.

1 Anne Nelson S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CFLC serves adult students in southeastern NC, offering tailored and free instruction in reading, math, and computer skills, with a complementary ESL program offering tutoring and preparation for the US Citizenship exam. They have a small, energetic staff and 100s of volunteers who are well-trained to teach 1:1 and classes. I’ve been a tutor for 3 years and I’m also on the Board of Directors. This organization is improving life skills of individuals which improves our community. We are persevering through the pandemic and our doors are open, with the required cautions in place that meet all CDC standards.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CFLC is one of the exemplary non-profits that addresses a crucial basic need — adult literacy— by continually evolving to reach and teach. A favorite memory of my 10 years with the council is the annual holiday party. Students from the US and around the world, volunteer tutors, staff and board members bring a favorite covered dish to share. We all gather and enjoy each others’ cuisine, getting to know each other, singing holiday songs in multiple languages, and sharing our literacy council stories. It’s a tribute to the sense of trust and sharing that CFLC builds as it brings people together for new skills, friendships, and understanding of others in this world. As one student said, “CFLC let’s me travel the world—it’s like a mini United Nations.” Kudos.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cape Fear Literacy Council is located in Wilmington, NC and is celebrating its 35th year. I have been fortunate to volunteer for this agency for about 4 years now and have always been most impressed with its staff and mission. Everyone I have met and worked with has been very dedicated to assisting adults with personalized education for adult literacy and learning English as a second language. I see adults reaching their goals consistently through one-to-one tutoring and group classes. It is truly an honor to volunteer with this nonprofit. Their success rate says it all.

4 Harriet J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cape Fear Literacy Council is an excellent nonprofit and plays a big part in assisting the local community. I observed several ESL classes there whilst completing my Master's degree in TESOL. The teachers were all really friendly and the students clearly enjoyed their lessons a lot. The ESL program director, Lauren, was very welcoming and helpful as well. Overall, this really is a wonderful organization and I had a great experience during my time there.

4 Lorraine17

Donor

Rating: 4

I have attended some of the CFLC fundraising events (the attached pic is of me at the Once Upon A Time Gala dressed as The Evil Queen from the TV show, not the Disney version) and I also contributed to the 2018 CFCL cookbook (as I am a freelance writer besides being an awesome cook). I believe education is something that never ends whether you are in school or not. I also think that we should all strive to better ourselves and be an example for others.

5 Anita Coffee T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CFLC is one of the most well-managed, respected and impactful agencies in the Cape Fear region. Testamonials from students about how their lives were changed are all you need to hear to know that literacy is the key to a better life and more productive society. Amazing volunteers, awe-inspiring students!