Changing Lives Through the Power of Literacy.



The purpose of this organization shall be to teach, through trained tutors, reading and writing to those in need. In addition, this organization shall work to raise public awareness of the literacy needs of Wilkes County residents.


Wilkes Literacy offers FREE, private, confidential evaluation and instruction for adults in Wilkes County who wish to improve their reading and writing skills. Reading and writing are the keys to success in today’s competitive job market. Please contact us online or call for more information. We are here to help!

Although our primary focus is adult literacy, Wilkes Literacy also offers programs for children and senior adults. We provide both individualized and group activities focused on improving literacy skills.


“Literacy isn't just about reading, writing, and comprehension. It's about culture, professionalism, and social outlook.”

Taylor Ellwood




Wilkes Literacy, formerly Volunteers for Wilkes Literacy, was founded in 1989 by the late Dr. Helen Latour in order to meet the literacy needs of the citizens of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Her tireless efforts touched the lives of many. Please join us as we endeavor to carry on her vision. Wilkes Literacy provides a variety of programs and services related to the literacy needs of our friends and neighbors. We are a non-profit organization and a partner agency with United Way of Wilkes.