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Did I scare you? No? Then how about this…
Over 80% of Literacy Council students live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. That means they make less than $22,340 per year. Meanwhile, the median household income in Fairfax County is $106,000.
Now I’m really going to terrify you. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Fairfax County is $1,216 – which takes up over 65% of a learner’s income. Financial experts generally advise that you spend no more than 30% of your income on housing.
Did that send shivers down your spine?
Fortunately, these adults can get the help they need at the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. LCNV changes the lives of over 1,500 adults each year, combining life-skills and workforce training to promote greater self-sufficiency.
But right now, 83 of your neighbors are waiting to be matched with an LCNV tutor.
Want to make life a little less frightening for these adults this Halloween?
- Commit to changing the life of one of these adults. Sign up to be trained as a tutor today: http://www.lcnv.org/events/esol-tutoring-workshop-0
- Tell your friends about the lives that are being changed through literacy: http://www.lcnv.org/about-us/meet-our-students-volunteers
- Create your own fundraising page to help raise money for our students: http://www.razoo.com/story/new. All it takes is the name of the nonprofit and a title for your fundraising page. All new gifts to the Literacy Council this year will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor, up to $25,000! A gift of $50 will provide a scholarship for one adult learner.
It’s easy to be a superhero for LCNV this Halloween – no costume needed!
Senior Director of Development
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
On Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, 2012, LCNV’s main office will be closed due to the severe weather. Our satellite office at Connections for Hope in Herndon will also be closed. In addition, all classes are canceled. Staff will be working from home and will be accessible by email – assuming we have electricity! Be safe and remember to check http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/ for important updates.
Don’t forget to print out our Fall 2012 newsletter now – just in case you want something to read by candlelight later!
On Friday, October 26, 2012, LCNV’s main office will be closed all day due to the installation of a new HVAC system at the James Lee Community Center. Staff will be working from home and will be accessible by email. The AmeriCorps Launch is not affected by this closure and will take place as planned. This closure is unexpected, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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* Due to the expected severe weather, this event is postponed. We will announce a new date soon!
Open House: Learn about Adult Literacy & ESOL Volunteer Opportunities!
Monday, October 29, 2012, 7:00 pm
Lorton Library, 9520 Richmond Hwy, Lorton, VA
LCNV’s mission is to teach adults the basic skills of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English, so they are empowered to participate more fully and confidently in their communities. LCNV’s approach is to involve volunteers as the English instructors for our adult learners. With LCNV training and support, volunteers help their neighbors directly. The Council has a dire need for more volunteers in and around Lorton.
Volunteers can serve as tutors, who work one-on-one with a learner, or as classroom teachers or aides who work with groups of 10-15 adults at a time. The Council also offers many non-teaching opportunities, from helping out in our office, to supporting special events and outreach. If you are interested in promoting adult literacy in Lorton, we’ll find something that fits your interests!
Join us on the evening of the 29th to learn about the Council’s work and how you can help someone in your neighborhood develop the English skills necessary to succeed!
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Ruba Afzal, LCNV’s Director of Volunteers, at 703-237-0866 x 111 or email@example.com.
Tonight, Monday, October 22, 2012, Fairfax County Public Schools will host an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Parent Meeting at Chantilly High School, 4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly, VA 20151, starting at 5:30 pm. Dinner and childcare will be provided, as well as interpreters for Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese. Fairfax County Public Schools holds these meetings at the beginning of each school year and are a great way for parents to learn about ESOL services available to their children, the new elementary progress report, advanced academic offerings, preparing for college and career, and other services to support families.
To learn more, go to http://www.fcps.edu/is/esol/parents.shtml. Fliers about the event are available in several different languages. The next meeting will not be held until Tuesday, November 13, so please encourage your LCNV learner or anyone else that could benefit to attend tonight!
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Don’t miss your chance to sign up to support the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for the Acumen Solutions™ Race for a Cause 8K and 1 Mile Fun Run, which takes place this Sunday, October 14, 2012, in Arlington.
This a great event with a “super” post race event, which includes yummy food from Anita’s, Chidogo’s, and Whole Foods, as well as fun kids activities AND awesome raffle prizes for “big” kids (must be present to win)! Come support our local Superheroes. We encourage you to sport your favorite “superhero” attire! Don’t have a cape? Acumen Solutions will also be providing capes to all youth registrants!
We still need 40 registrants to be eligible for race proceeds. YOU can help us reach our goal! Join our walking literacy team?
Not in town? Sponsor a friend or family member as a runner! Every donation – big or small – helps support our cause. Please call or email Suzie Eaton (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions and go to www.theraceforacause.com to sign up!
- 8k: $35 through October 13
- $40 Race Day
- 1 Mile Fun Run: $20 Youth (no shirt; gift will be provided!);$35 Adult (8k technical T-shirt)
Registration Packet Pickup @ Potomac River Running Store, Arlington:
- Friday October 12, 4-8 pm
- Saturday October 13, 11 am – 4 pm
- Sunday October 14 (Race Day), 6:30 am – 7:30 am
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On October 3, the Northern Virginia community came together to honor LCNV’s 50th year of providing much needed literacy services. The evening was filled with a festive and energizing spirit. LCNV held a raffle for a week-long stay in St. John, which raised nearly $10,000 to help our students. Steve Beggs was the lucky winner! Attendees also had the unique opportunity to hear from a LCNV student, Fatima, and learn how literacy has changed her and her children’s lives.
The Literacy Council extends a big thank you to Robert Egger who served as Master of Ceremonies, and José Andrés, David Baldacci, and Ric Edelman for sharing how literacy has impacted their lives. State Senator Barbara Favola presented a proclamation to LCNV, and Congressman Jim Moran and Delegate Mark Keam shared their support.
Highlighting the partnership between LCNV and Wish You Well Foundation, Baldacci stated: “I would urge all of you to do as much as you can. Quite frankly, there could be no higher purpose in the nation.”
During the event, LCNV announced that an anonymous donor challenged the Council this year to raise gifts from new donors, as well as increased gifts from existing donors. The challenge will match these gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000. Andrés was the first to answer this call for support by making the first contribution to LCNV’s challenge grant. Will you join him in helping LCNV meet this challenge?
Lastly, thank you to the following individuals who were instrumental in making this event a huge success: Mark Troppe, One for the Books Chair; Jan Auerbach; Avis Black; Cathleen Donnelly; Sally Jaggar; Misty Jones; Sarah Kenney; and Robin Walker.
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Please join the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia this evening 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!
DATE: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012 │ 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA 22301
ACCESS: Free parking is available. Closest Metro station is King St.
TICKETS: Event tickets can be purchased in person tonight at the event, starting at 6 pm.
OPPORTUNITIES THIS EVENING INCLUDE:
- A raffle drawing for a week-long stay in St. John! Please consider purchasing a $50 chance in person this evening! The lucky winner will be announced tonight.
- Book signing by José Andrés, David Baldacci, Ric Edelman, and Robert Egger at the end of the event. Books will be available for purchase on site that evening.
- Adding a leaf on LCNV’s Giving Tree. Leaves on the tree can be purchased for various dollar amounts. Each leaf contains an item that will aid the Literacy Council in its effort to enrich the lives of those who wish to understand, speak, read and write English.
- And, finally, there will be a “bookshelf” where you can write the title of your favorite book and put it on the bookshelf. What an opportunity to reminisce about all the favorite books you have read and try to figure out the best one! And you can get ideas for future reads from books listed by other attendees.
Thank you for your participation! We look forward to seeing you tonight at One for the Books!
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