The mission of the Literacy Council is to provide free instruction, through trained volunteer tutors, for citizens in Union County who lack the skills of basic reading, writing, and mathematics, computer technology, and English as a second language.
The Literacy Council of Union County was formed initially in 1986. Due to a lack of funding in 2009, the Council was dissolved. It was re-established in 2010 through a partnership between South Arkansas Community College and El Dorado Connections. In 2013, the Literacy Council was reassigned to the governance of the South Arkansas Regional Health Center Board and is managed by the staff of El Dorado Connections. The part-time staff includes Dara Stanfill, Director; Carolyn Wilson, Literacy Facilitator; and Cheryl Splawn, Administrative Assistant.
The American Fact Finder of the U.S. Census 2010 states that in Union County:
The goal of the Literacy Council is to reach as many of these individuals as possible, and in turn impact not only them but also their families.
Volunteers will need to attend one training session and are encouraged to shadow another tutor and student.
The Literacy Council is a Union County United Way Agency.