The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Helping Local Nonprofits like LCNV

February 10, 2012 at 1:54 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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The Catalogue for Philanthropy  helps raise funds for “the best small non-profits,” in the Washington, D.C., area. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is featured for the second time in the Catalogue  (2011 – 2012) as “one of the best small charities in the Washington, D.C., region.”

This past February 5, 2012, the Catalogue for Philanthropy was featured in the Washington Post article “Nonprofit’s giving portal aims to drive more donations to charities.” This article by Vanessa Small,  highlights the Catalogue’s new workplace giving portal, which aims to help generate corporate funds while emphasizing year-round giving. The portal also allows donors to control the allocation of their funds. The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is excited about the Catalogue for Philanthropy’s new online-giving portal. We hope it’ll generate more support while helping inform the public about the quality of our much needed services.

Take a moment to read this article. Also, visit the Literacy Council’s page at Catalogue for Philanthropy: LCNV at Catalogue for Philanthropy.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
at the James Lee Community Center
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 111
www.lcnv.org

Digital Literacy: Beyond the Printed Page

January 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Check out Gavin Dudeney’s  “No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates,” which appeared in The Guardian.  Dudeney highlights a new aspect of literacy,  which is beyond the “three Rs of reading, writing, and arithmetic”: digital literacy.

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia knows that education includes technology. In 2011, LCNV offered Open Computer Instruc­tion workshops , thanks to the help of a volunteer corps from IBM’s Asian Diversity Networking group, spearheaded by LCNV tutor, Elliot Zhang. The sessions were filled to capacity and learners worked on beginning-level operational skills, email, Skype, and navigating the Internet. Setara Habib, an AmeriCorps Instructor stated: “I am proud to say that my mom is a citizen of the internet. We set her up with an email and Skype account. I saw that other students were joining Facebook and looking for relatives while others were watching YouTube videos and learning about searches. It was a great experience!”

Adapting to the ever–changing and tech-connected world, LCNV hopes to continue to help our learners build their “digital literacy skill set.” Take a moment to read all about digital literacy and its role in students’ lives: “No Place in Class for Digital Illiterates.”

Ines Rivera
Communications Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 109
www.lcnv.org

Acumen Solutions Race for a Cause™: LCNV Awarded $8,125!

January 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Acumen Solutions 3rd Annual Race for a Cause™ 8K and 1Mile Fun Run took place this past October 16, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. The race benefited ten DC-area nonprofit organizations – the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia was one of these selected organizations!

Patti Donnelly, LCNV's Executive Director & David JouBran,Co-founder, President and CEO of Acumen Solutions

During registration, participants in the Race for a Cause™ registered for their organization of choice. This year, LCNV and the remaining nine non-profits met the minimum number of runners, which determined that each organization would receive a portion of the proceeds. LCNV came in seventh place with 220 supporters – an impressive feat considering this year was the first time LCNV was selected as a beneficiary of the race. In addition to the tremendous support the event garnered, the race was a great opportunity for LCNV volunteers, Board members, and staff to have fun while exercising and spreading the word about LCNV – the literacy services it provides and the lives it changes.

An awards ceremony, which took place this past November, honored the ten nonprofit organizations spotlighted in Acumen Solutions 3rd Annual Race for a Cause™. A gift of $8,125 was presented to LCNV at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons. Part of the award was generously donated by the SunTrust Foundation. Patti Donnelly, LCNV’s Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The following LCNV Board Members attended the ceremony to show their support: Peggy Balsawer, Paul Byrne, John Odenwelder, Victor Pa, Anne and Jon Spear, and Saurabh Verma.  We are particularly grateful to Saurabh, who, as an employee of Acumen Solutions was instrumental in putting LCNV on the very short list of selected non-profits.

Board Members, John Odenwelder (left) & Saurabh Verma (right)

The Literacy Council would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who ran, registered, and rallied support for LCNV’s cause. It is only because of individuals like you that LCNV can provide ongoing services to adults who are eager to learn how to read and write.

To learn more about our next upcoming event, please visit: Reading: A Family Affair.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 109
www.lcnv.org

LCNV & IBM Partner to Host Basic Computer Skills Workshop

November 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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This recent Saturday I embarked on my first volunteer adventure outside of working with LCNV’s classroom programs. I had been excited about the Basic Computer Skills Workshop upon hearing about it months ago. Immediately, I had thought of my mother. She has been eager to use a computer for years, but never knew where or how to begin. I’d been feeling guilty about not having the time to sit down with her and teach her, but  the opportunity presented itself on  November 5, 2011.

The workshop was a fun-filled, energy driven experience, which featured representatives from IBM’s Asian Diversity Group. There were so many helpful hands available that each student had their own personal IBM or LCNV tutor. Even as I struggled with teaching my mother, a daunting task, a very helpful IBM volunteer provided assistance.

Now, I am proud to say that my mom is a citizen of the internet. We set her up with an email and Skype account. I saw that other students were joining Facebook and looking for relatives while others were watching YouTube videos and learning about searches. It was a great experience, and I’m so glad my mom and I were part of it!

Setara Habib
Americorps Instructor
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 ext 112
www.LCNV.org



A Special Thank You to Rosemary Hofford

February 4, 2011 at 3:14 PM | Posted in Uncategorized, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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One of LCNV’s Volunteers, Rosemary Hofford, deserves special thanks for the services she’s provided to LCNV over the past several months.  Rosemary, a recent retiree, is a computer programmer with distinguished service in the Federal and private sectors.  Working closely with Wayne Shewmaker, the Director of IT, she has applied her programming skills toward automating several complex LCNV reports. In the process, she has significantly reduced repetitive preparation time while adding consistency to the reports.  She is also helping to develop new reports. We are so fortunate to have someone as skilled and dedicated as Rosemary and we sincerely appreciate her dedication.

-Wayne Shewmaker, Director of Information Technology

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