In 2009, a coalition focusing on literacy was created because of a community summit hosted by The Community Foundation (TCF). The summit revealed a notable lack of quantitative local and national data regarding the specific state of literacy in Hancock County and that the creation of a coalition to focus on local resources, expertise and interests on the issue of literacy in Hancock County would be a beneficial and strategic move for the community.
The coalition assessed the needs of the community. The key findings included:
In response, Hancock Literacy established early childhood literacy as its first major initiative. They launched the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in 2014 to build early childhood literacy. The Library program provides age-appropriate books, selected by a blue-ribbon panel of educators, monthly to children enrolled from birth until their fifth birthday. Programs established since then include:
This fund benefits Hancock Literacy and its programs providing lifelong literacy support to all Hancock County residents.