History

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas

Six dedicated volunteers formed Literacy Action of Central Arkansas in October 1986. The total assets of the organization included $30, a used typewriter, and a strong desire to provide one on one tutoring for adult nonreaders. Within a year, the group had secured a small office space on the second floor of the First Presbyterian Church, secured the assistance of two VISTAvolunteers, trained over 100 volunteer tutors and served over 60 students free of charge.

From the organization’s modest beginnings over twenty years ago, Literacy Action has continued to be a consistent resource for thousands of Little Rock Area adults who want to improve their reading skills. In addition, non English speakers can now learn to speak and read English through our one on one tutoring programs. The organization is a shining example of how the vision and energy of a few people can make a significant impact on the quality of life of individuals, families and the local community.

Today, Literacy Action operates from offices in the Main Branch of the Central Arkansas Library System located in the River Market Area of Little Rock. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, Literacy Action has staff offices, a large lending library, a computer lab, training room, and tutoring spaces. The organization continues to meet the needs of learners by using highly motivated volunteer tutors who deliver thousands of hours of instruction each year. All services are still offered free of charge.