LCNV Calendar, Announcements, and Volunteer Opportunities: December 2009

December 2, 2009 at 4:30 PM | Posted in Announcements, Calendar, Testing, Volunteers | Comments Off on LCNV Calendar, Announcements, and Volunteer Opportunities: December 2009

Can you believe that it’s December? In true LCNV fashion, things don’t slow down just because it’s holiday season. This month is all about post-testing and end-of-session graduation parties. There’s a lot going on!

Friday, December 4th, 10 am-12 pm (James Lee Community Center) – A Lexical Feast: Vocabulary Development for ESOL Learners with Oxford Picture Dictionary author Jayme Adelson-Goldstein. This workshop filled in less than 24 hours, but if you would like to get on the waiting list, please contact Lizette at

December 6th-December 24th – Volunteer to gift wrap at local Barnes & Noble and Borders bookstores! This is a great way to raise funds for and get the word out about LCNV programs. Many three to four hour shifts are available. The most updated schedule is online here.  Please contact Caryn at to sign up for a shift or two, or to receive more information.

December 7th-December 14th – Calling all Student Assessment Specialists! Post-testing will take place during this time. We need LOTS of volunteers to help out at various sites throughout Northern Virginia. Please e-mail for more information.

December 29th-December 30th – LCNV will neither sell books or other media nor distribute allotments on these dates as we conduct our semi-annual inventory. This freeze will not affect the LCNV Library.

The LCNV office will be closed on the following dates: December 24, 25, 31, and January 1. Happy holidays!

– Belle Peñaranda, Director of Volunteers

LCNV celebrates Giving during this Holiday Season.

December 1, 2009 at 12:22 AM | Posted in Announcements, Volunteers | Comments Off on LCNV celebrates Giving during this Holiday Season.

On everyone’s mind during this holiday season is giving.  At the Literacy Council the spirit of giving surrounds everything we do.  I had thought originally to use this opportunity to ask people to remember the Literacy Council with their charitable gifts during this season of giving, which is certainly important and much needed, but more present in my thinking is how the Literacy Council gives back to our community.

Last night we celebrated our traditional Holiday Party with our friends, learners, volunteer teachers and tutors.  It was a magical celebration of cultural appreciation with an international buffet of fabulous homemade dishes, cross-cultural musical entertainment, and over 200 people representing many backgrounds, nationalities, ages, and traditions.  Simply a joyous occasion to set the spirit of the holiday giving season!

Happy Holidays from the Literacy Council!

 The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia does so much more than teach literacy and language skills to adults.  We provide community members with a volunteer opportunity in direct service where they can see results and change a life through education. We give new Americans an opportunity for language learning and cultural assimilation, not only with the American culture, but with an appreciation of many others.  We offer a second chance for adult learners who missed the chance to learn to read during their younger years.  And, the Literacy Council brings together a very diverse family of caring, respectful, thoughtful people willing to work together, breaking through barriers, to build a more productive, literate community.  That is a very big gift to share. 

As we all reflect upon this giving season, I hope you will consider ways to continue to strengthen our community through time, treasure or simple acts of kindness. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.

– Patti Donnelly, Executive Director

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