P.O. Box 550
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-771-0211


Annual Salute to Volunteers! 

A very successful Salute to Volunteers night was held on April 17, 2018 at the Brazilian Grill in Hyannis. Volunteers, students past and present, teachers, sponsors, guests and community members all gathered to celebrate National Volunteer Month.

We would especially like to thank State Senator Julian Cyr and State Representative Dylan Fernandes for their continued support and kind words.

Once again, the Brazilian Grill welcomed CCLC with their generous hospitality, fine food and entertainment. Our thanks go out to the management, wait staff and all others who helped make for a fun filled evening.

State Senator Julian Cyr delivering his opening remarks:

State Representative Dylan Fernandes addressing the crowd:

Stay tuned for more photos to come…


 Thank You, Rotary Club of Hyannis!

Paul Gandillot, Hyannis Rotary
Kathryn Carpenter, CCLC Executive Director
Christine Walkley, Vice Chair CCLC Board

The Rotary Club of Hyannis Community Development Committee has awarded the CCLC a $6,000 grant for the purchase of seven laptop computers and MS Office software to be used by our volunteers and students.


The following is an article published on November 18, 2017 in the Barnstable Patriot newspaper

Cape Cod Literacy Council program takes off at Centerville Library

This fall, the Centerville Public Library added something new to its already impressive list of community events: classes called focus study groups for English language learners.

Taught by volunteers from the nonprofit organization Cape Cod Literacy Council in Hyannis, classes at the library are designed around learners’ needs and consist of small groups of 3-5 students. “The program is very focused,” said Pat Steacy, library programming and development assistant.

The Literacy Council’s aims are to be a source for people who need instruction in fundamentals such as reading or English as a second language and, even more specifically, to assist students in whatever capacity in studying for (or learning to study for) tests such as the High School Equivalency Test (HISET) or the GED.

“We can help if a person with little or no English needs to take this test,” said Rafi Chaprut, who has volunteered with the Centerville Library for eight years and with the Literacy Council for four; he was named Massachusetts Literacy Champion for Volunteer Work by the Boston Herald in 2011. Chaprut, born in Turkey, studied in Israel before moving to the US. He said he can empathize with members of the Cape’s growing population of people who arrive from other countries with little or no English.

With a network of 120 volunteers, most assist in classrooms at Cape Cod Community College’s Adult Education Center and at classes through the Hyannis Portuguese Foursquare Church; however, there are also about 40 volunteers who specialize in one-on-one instruction.

Volunteers give about three hours per week of their time after completing a 14- to 16-hour training module.

“They’re trained to work in all areas,” said Kathryn Carpenter, executive director of Cape Cod Literacy Council.

For example, volunteers will train to understand what it’s like to arrive in a country without being able to speak the language, but they’ll also be trained to help learners study for the aforementioned tests or to assist with job skills training. Carpenter added that the Literacy Council partners with Job Training and Education Corporation (JTEC) of Hyannis and with the Community Action Committee of the Cape and Islands (CACCI). “During the training,” said Carpenter, “volunteers can see which aspect of it they like best and proceed in that direction.”

The Literacy Council’s mission is to ensure that every adult on Cape Cod will be literate. “Practically all of our students hear about us through word of mouth,” said Carpenter.

Funding for the Literacy Council comes from the Cape Cod Times as well as from grants and fundraisers. Carpenter said the organization is always accepting volunteers.

The Cape Cod Literacy Council was formed as a nonprofit organization in 1987 by then Cape Cod Times publisher Scott Himstead, who passed away in 2015. His vision was literacy for everyone.

For more information on classes or volunteering with Cape Cod Literacy Council, call Kathryn Carpenter at 508-771-0211.

Marina Davalos is a freelance writer living in Cotuit.

Last Gasp Update:
Cape Cod Literacy Council receives $12,951 check  for Last Gasp at 
the Cape Cod Charitable FunRaisers “Night of Gratitude” held on 
November 14, 2017. 

CCLC Board members, sponsors and riders enjoy “Night of Gratitude”












Thank you to Team Cape Cod Literacy
all of whom finished the ride with smiles! 

and Thank You to our 2017 Last Gasp Sponsors!   
















Kathryn Carpenter, Executive Director and award winning author, Lauren Wolk

UPDATE:  Wolf Hollow was named a 2017 Newbery Honor Book. Congratulations Lauren!
Read more here.

The Cape Cod Literacy Council is pleased to receive a $250 donation from local author, Lauren Wolk who is the winner of the 2016 New England Book Award (Children’s) for her book, Wolf Hollow. Award winners choose a charity of their choice to receive the monetary reward.

Lauren has been writing her entire life.  This book is based on stories told to her by her mother and takes place in western Pennsylvania where Lauren grew up on the family farm. The theme of the book involves the main character being confronted by a bully and how she deals with it. Wolf Hollow appeals to children and adults alike and Lauren has received praise from both groups as she tours the country.  Readers around the globe are fortunate to read it in Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Turkey and China to name a few.

Besides finishing a second book entitled Beyond the Bright Sea which takes place on Cuttyhunk, she also serves as Associate Director of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth and is also a practicing assemblage artist.

Wolf Hollow is published by Dutton/Penguin Young Readers.

Learn more about Lauren at

Thank you Lauren for your support of the Cape Cod Literacy Council!






Making a Difference on Cape Cod

Thanks to continued community support, the Cape Cod Literacy Council was able to train many Literacy Tutors during 9 hours of workshops in December.

All of the tutors have been placed in classrooms at the Adult Education Center in Hyannis or in one one situations in the community.

The Board of the Cape Cod Literacy Council extends its sincere appreciation to:

Brazilian Grill
Cape Cod Foundation
Cape Cod Media Group
Eldredge and Bourne Moving and Storage
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Fund for Working Families
United Way of Cape Cod
Wingate at Harwich
Wingate at Brewster
Wingate Residences at Brewster Place



Your efforts in supporting us in the Last Gasp Bike Ride
on Sunday, September 18, 2016 are greatly appreciated.

And thank you to our sponsors:

Cape Cod Media Group

Wingate Residences at Brewster Place
Wingate at Brewster

Wingate at Harwich
Polhemus Savery DaSilva Fund for Working Families
Eldredge and Bourne Moving and Storage
The United Way

The Cape Cod Foundation


There were many smiling faces at the CCLC Salute to Volunteers…a community event including volunteers, students, teachers, sponsors, guests and community members. 

An enormous THANK YOU to The Cape Cod Foundation through
the Lois Ord Gillilan Fund for supporting the Cape Cod Literacy Council (CCLC) with an award of $1,000.00.

The CCLC provides free literacy, workplace, and targeted educational tutoring for adults aged 16 – 100 across Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Foundation has made it possible for the CCLC to offer a program addressing very real needs within our community;  acquiring essential English and educational skills in order to perform jobs, enter new careers, obtain high school equivalency certificates, and fulfill the desire to be contributing members of our community. 

Our new class begins soon.
Thank you Cape Cod Foundation!



Thank you to all who supported this event.  

The winner of our tree is an ESOL student.  She was thrilled with her gifts, especially the books!  We are rewarded each day when we are able to reach out to students and families like Maria’s.

Our sponsor for the event was  Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Builders
Fund for Working Families.


Click here for the latest about the Last Gasp Bike Ride. 

A delightful evening honoring our volunteers at the Brazilian Grill!

The Cape Cod Literacy Council’s First Annual
at the Brazilian Grill was a huge success!

The event was a sellout, filled with wonderful music and the sharing of volunteer and student success stories. It is through community support and volunteer dedication that the CCLC is able to create opportunity in the lives of so many.

For photos of the event click here.

THANK YOU to the following for their contributions:

Brazilian Grill    Sunderland Printing       Colors of Cape Cod

Soho Arts            Cape Cod Media Group

Red Fish Blue Fish

Pupcakes! Dog Boutique & Bakery

Angie’s Popcorn

Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

Elizabeth Embler, Artist

Rebecca Foley

Heidi Lake

EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place

New England Jewelry

The Silver Sea Horse

Cape Codder Sunglasses

Mid Cape Home Center

 Rafi’s Story

Rafi (on left), Literacy Volunteer of the year with students

As a volunteer, you are helping these students become more involved and be a part of our community.” – Rafi Chaprut, 2011 Massachusetts Literacy Champion. After he saw an ad for the Literacy Council volunteer tutor workshop in the Cape Cod Times, Rafi took the class and soon started volunteering. He became a ‘One To One’ tutor and started assisting in the Community College ACCCESS (Adult Collaborative of Cape Cod for Education and Support Services) classrooms. During this time, he realized there was also a real need for students to practice simple, every day dialogue and now leads his own ‘conversation’ class. The class builds confidence in all aspect of the student’s life. “It’s a challenge for some of these people to even take these classes, but they are very motivated,” says Rafi. “They come to class, many after a long day of work. They break from their small environments to learn and respond positively to the tutoring.” Rafi was born in Turkey and moved to Israel. He met his wife, Martha at College when he traveled to the states to continue his studies. Rafi has a mathematics and computer background and retired a few years ago from a Boston investment firm. “I never realized my background would take me where I am today. If it’s your time to volunteer, put in a little effort and you can do whatever you want and also gain the rewards from your volunteer efforts.

Student Stories

Cape Cod Literacy Council

Roselor Achiffa

“I want to express my appreciation to the ACCESS program for helping me to accomplish my goal. As a single parent of four, I have sometimes found it had to be quite challenging. This program has offered me the opportunity to learn English and therefore obtain a certificate of completion to become and EKG technician. Without the ESL class, I believe I would not have been able to accomplish this task. I pray to God to keep this program running so more people can do as I have done. I am currently attending Level “2” English class. I hope to go to the next level and continue even further. With my sincere thanks to everyone, May God bless. Roselor Achiffa”