Cape Cod Literacy Council

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



Message from the President

Scott Himstead
Board of Directors


For over 28 years,  the Cape Cod Literacy Council has been providing a very valuable service to adults in the community who have literacy problems. The work of the Council receives financial support from many sources. In addition to funds from the Cape Cod Times Media Group, support comes from the Massachusetts State Department of Education, workplace contracts and from many individual contributors.

I join with our Executive Director, Kathryn Carpenter, and our Board of Directors, in extending best wishes for this coming year.

Message from the Executive Director

Kathryn Carpenter
Executive Director

Coping with illiteracy is a full time occupation for the estimated 30,000 residents of Cape Cod who are unable to read. Our adult students come from all walks of life and represent all ages, incomes, races, cultures and communities. Some students did not complete high school; others missed obtaining important skills and were too embarrassed to seek help. Often the adults we help cannot read street signs, warning labels on prescription bottles, newspapers, complete a job application or read to their children. Whether the goal involves attaining one’s high school equivalency credential (HiSET), helping ESOL students transition into the community or providing opportunities for workplace development, the Council welcomes the opportunity to serve Cape Cod.


Please welcome Dawn, our new Volunteer Manager!

Dawn Balkin
Volunteer Manager

After a move to the Cape three years ago, Dawn discovered the Cape Cod Literacy Council and began volunteering in English for Speakers of Other Language classrooms within the Cape Cod Community College/ ACCCESS program.

In addition to volunteering and in her new role, Dawn utilizes her social work, human resources and education career experiences to train, connect and support students and  volunteers. She is the “Go To” person if you would like to become a volunteer or need tutoring services and she looks forward to assisting you.


                        or call 508-862-1305

Download our informational flyer here.