Two weeks ago, the entire LCNV staff spent a really enjoyable day at Great Falls National Park for a staff retreat. After everyone contributed to a wonderful picnic lunch, we played soccer, played frisbee, played with our dogs, and took walks to the scenic overlook to observe the falls and to watch kayakers.
In addition to the operative word “play”, we said a tearful good-bye to both our AmeriCorps members and to Ruth Hansen, our wonderful AmeriCorps coordinator.
This was a fantastic bonding experience for our staff and a much needed mental health day. It also heralded an unofficial end to the past academic year before we gear up for the next one. We’re all looking forward to an exciting and busy fall!
~Randi Littman, Senior Director of Operations
The summer of 2010 has definitely been a busy one. Trying to juggle working at a restaurant, graduate classes, and an internship isn’t always easy, but it does feel good to keep myself busy. It feels especially good to truly enjoy the projects I am currently working on. Since beginning my internship with LCNV over a month ago, I have gradually begun taking on more responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include projects that relate directly to what I’m currently studying, which is instructional design. Being able to work with the VOC task force on the Volunteer Online Community will allow me to apply my knowledge of instructional design to their vision.
The Volunteer Online Community will be an extension of the LCNV website, providing valuable information to both prospective and current volunteers. Things have been progressing quite well, as we have completed a site map (while working with Google Sites) and continue to work on incorporating other materials, including tutor and teacher handbooks, FAQ’s, and a message board that will allow volunteers to communicate with each other. Our goal is to create an interactive environment where volunteers can stay up to date on all LCNV trainings, in-services, and other events.
What has been particularly rewarding about joining the LCNV this summer is the fact that I am working towards what I believe to be a great cause. I firmly believe in the LCNV’s mission to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English. Being a part of this mission is what makes volunteering for the LCNV so enjoyable. It also helps that the staff is so friendly and welcoming to newcomers. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, the LCNV is a great place to start, as it can be truly gratifying to work towards making a difference in your community.
~Dave Lord, Intern