It’s not too Late to Register for Class!

September 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Student Stories, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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DOWNLOAD the Late Registration Flyer

Every LCNV ESOL Learning Centers or Family Learning class turns into its own little community, and every community is like a family.  Lorton Senior Center is one of our healthiest class sites, and I’m certain it’s because of the strong sense of community  among the students.  This past Monday, we had a really great registration, students were lined up outside the door an hour before start time.  Luckily, several of our volunteers arrived a few minutes early to help with forms, testing, and payment.

I believe that sense of community starts with a smile and an inviting gesture to join and share.  One students, who I had taught when I was an AmeriCorps Instructor, arrived at registration with two of her beautiful brown-eyed little boys in tow.  The student’s name is Ceci, and I remember her as the family stone of our class when I taught at Lorton’s former site, Grace Bible Church.  Ceci is an avid smiler, hand-shaker, team-worker, and laugh-sharer.  She constantly stretched her English speaking skills to communicate with classmates from different countries and on many occasions arrived at class with a new student to recruit for classes.

Ceci demonstrates exactly what kind of student our programs work for. Monday was her first time back at class in years, but this is because she took on new opportunities to work, birth a new son, and help her family through some  adjustments.  She still has a complicated life and a limited budget, but we’re still here to help her.  Now, she’s back because she still needs low-level English and LCNV still meets that need.  I know she’ll probably test out of our classes soon and be able to move on to new opportunities, but for now, I’m excited to see her grow and progress and help other students in her class.

You can help us meet the need of other learners and fill all of our other classes, too.  Take a look at our website to share our late-registration information at a grocery store, library, or other community location near you! Late registration will be held at LCNV’s headquarters located in James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042 on Saturday September 29nd  from, 3-6pm.

Katie Beckman
Program Assistant
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866 x 116
kbeckman@lcnv.org
www.lcnv.org

Robert Egger – Oprah Angel – Lends LCNV a Hand

September 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, 2012, non-profit leader Robert Egger will be supporting LCNV at its One for the Books gala. Serving as Master of Ceremonies, Robert will highlight the importance of literacy in all aspects of life. Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, One for the Books celebrates LCNV’s 50th year of bringing much needed literacy services to Northern Virginia. Read more to learn about Robert Egger and why he’s received the Oprah ‘Angel’ award.

Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen, the country’s first “community kitchen”, where food donated by hospitality businesses and farms is used to fuel a nationally recognized culinary arts job training program. Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 25 million meals and helped 1,000 men and women gain full time employment.

Robert’s book, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, was published in 2004 by HarperCollins and awarded the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book.”

In Washington, Robert is the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. In addition to this, he was the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006.

The Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders has recognized Robert from 2006-2009. In 2007, he was honored with the 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. In 2004, the James Beard Foundation presented him with the “Humanitarian of the Year” award. Among his numerous recognitions, Robert has been named  a Washingtonian of the Year, Point of Light, and an Oprah Angel.

One for the Books is a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with LCNV supporters like Robert Egger. Celebrity chef José Andrés, best-selling novelist David Baldacci, and top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman will also be joining the celebration. Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by José Andrés.

Purchase your tickets today! Join LCNV, Robert Egger, and fellow supporters on October 3, 2012. Let’s celebrate improving our community through literacy.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

Meet Ric Edelman at One for the Books

September 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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The One for the Books gala event is just around the corner! On October 3, 2012, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will celebrate its 50th year at the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Ric Edelman,  top-ranked financial advisor and host of The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, will be celebrating with us. Celebrity chef José Andrés, best-selling novelist David Baldacci, and non-profit leader Robert Egger will also be joining the celebration and advocating for literacy. Readon to learn more about LCNV’s special guest, Ric Edelman.

Barron’s has three times named Ric Edelman the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation (2009-2010, 2012) and nine times (2004–2012) among America’s 100 top financial advisors.  He is a #1 New York Times best-selling author. With more than 1 million copies collectively in print, his seven books on personal finance have been translated into several languages.

He is the chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services, which was named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing privately held financial planning firm in the country for three years in a row in the late 1990’s.

Ric’s weekly personal finance talk radio show has been on the air for more than 20 years, and is heard in dozens of markets throughout the country, enjoying more than 1 million listeners every week. In 2012, the show was ranked #2 as the most important weekend-only talk-radio show in America by TALKERS magazine. Ric’s television show, The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, can be seen on more than 200 public television stations across the country and has won 8 Telly Awards.

In 2004, Ric was inducted into the Financial Advisor Hall of Fame by Research magazine. He also taught personal finance at Georgetown University for nine years and publishes an award-winning monthly newsletter.

Come meet and mingle with Ric Edelman and fellow LCNV supporters! Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by José Andrés, LCNV will also hold a raffle for a week at a beautiful villa – Calypso del Sol – on St. John. To learn more and purchase tickets visit http://www.lcnv.org/events/one-books.

Note: Biographical information for Ric Edelman  first appeared on his website: http://www.ricedelman.com/

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

José Andrés Headlines One for the Books!

September 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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On October 3, 2012, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will host its One for the Books gala event! Held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the night will celebrate  50years of improving the Northern Virginia community through literacy! Catering will be provided by Fresh Start Catering, and the event menu is inspired by none other than celebrity chef José Andrés, who will be headlining the event. Take a moment to read about José Andrés, LCNV’s special guest at One for the Books.

José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, television personality and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup.

In 2010, José native Spain awarded him the prestigious Order of Arts and Letters medallion; he is the first chef to receive this recognition. José was named “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Recently, he was recognized by Time magazine on the “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world.

Often considered an unofficial Ambassador of Spain, José is the new Dean of the Spanish Studies program of the International Culinary Center, the first program of its kind to be offered in the United States. José can be seen on PBS as host and executive producer of Made in Spain. His cookbooks include Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen and Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America.

Known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy, José is a sought after speaker on issues including hunger, food security, nutrition education, and childhood obesity. Recently he launched World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.

Award-winning author David Baldacci, and top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman will also be attending the One for the Books gala. Robert Egger, President of D.C. Central Kitchen, will be serving as Master of Ceremonies, highlighting the importance of literacy in all aspects of life.

This is an event you won’t want to miss. Purchase your tickets today – only 100 left! Celebrate literacy with the Literacy Council and José Andrés.

Note: Biographical information for José Andrés  first appeared on José Andrés: Think Food Group.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866 │info@lcnv.org │ www.lcnv.org

Come Celebrate at One for the Books!

September 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for our One for the Books gala!

Join LCNV, celebrity chef José Andrés, award-winning author David Baldacci, top-ranked financial advisor Ric Edelman, and nonprofit leader Robert Egger in celebrating 50 years of improving our community through literacy!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012 │ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

George Washington Masonic Memorial │101 Callahan Dr. │ Alexandria, VA 22301

The event menu is inspired by José Andrés  │ Catering provided by Fresh Start Catering   

Only 200 tickets available. Tickets are priced at $150 each and are available online. Your name will be on a list at the door; you do not have to print your receipt.

Purchase event tickets now!  

LCNV will  hold a raffle: a week at a beautiful villa, Calypso del Sol, on St. John.  Raffle tickets are $50 each.  You do not have to be present to participate.

Purchase raffle tickets today!   

Note: You will not receive an invitation via postal mail. Tickets must be purchased online at  www.lcnv.org/events/one-books or via phone at 703-237-0866.

2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va 22042│ (703)237-0866 │www.lcnv.org

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