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Ouachita Calhoun Counties Literacy Council

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: To help adults in each community become economically self-sufficient, employable, and able to continue on to higher levels of education.

Results: Since start up, 7/1/2009, OCCLC has served 60 adult learners to improve a skill or advance into the adult education program across the three counties in which it provides one-on-one tutoring

Target demographics: All adults 18 and older currently functioning on a 6th grade level of education and below in reading, writing, math/problem solving, and English as a Second Language

Direct beneficiaries per year: unlimited

Geographic areas served: Ouachita Co., Union Co., Calhoun Co.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

After a number of years of inactivity, Southern Arkansas University Tech led the effort to reinvigorate the OCCLC. With a new board, encouragement and support from the Arkansas Literacy Council, the college, and the tireless work of our AmeriCorps service member, the Literacy Council has made an immeasureable impact on Ouachita, Calhoun, and Union counties over the past 14 months. The community has responded well to the call for volunteer tutors, tutoring locations, and activities. Dozens of students are being served in the cause of literacy development that otherwise may not have had the opportunity to improve these skills.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I had a man in my church come to me about 6 weeks ago and let me know that he couldn't read. I then went to Linda Nelson and talked with her about an individual tutor for him. She informed me of their process and let me know that she could make that happen. My church member is now making sure that he wants this service. Thanks to Linda for even making it possible.