Safeway: Contributing over 20 Years to LCNV Learners

February 25, 2013 at 5:26 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safeway: Contributing over 20 Years to LCNV Learners

safewayhighreslogoWhen the Literacy Council devised an incentive program aimed at increasing student attendance, the Safeway Foundation was there to provide the funding necessary to see it through to fruition.  Its support of LCNV’s Student Scholarship and Advancement Fund resulted in students moving through LCNV’s programs more quickly and successfully, ushering students onto higher levels of learning and creating openings for students on waitlists. Their dedication to literacy education is changing lives every day in Northern Virginia.

LCNV is proud to have the Safeway Foundation as part of its Legacy Circle, an esteemed group of donors who have given in excess of $50,000 to support LCNV’s adult learners over the last 10 years. This long-standing partnership began nearly 20 years ago, when Avis Black, now the Real Estate Director for Safeway, joined LCNV as a tutor in 1994.

Avis worked with her learner for many years, ultimately helping her achieve her high school diploma.  Avis also served as a member and the president of LCNV’s Board of Directors from 1994 – 2003. Avis began getting Safeway involved as sponsor of the Literacy Council’s events, such as the Taste for Literacy and Reading: A Family Affair, and even spearheaded an initiative for a workplace literacy class for local Safeway employees.  Most recently, Avis volunteered as the co-chair of LCNV’s 50th anniversary One for the Books gala, and Safeway was the signature sponsor of this once in a lifetime celebration.  Avis continues to serve on LCNV’s Community Advisory Board.

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The Safeway Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. By carefully directing its fundraising efforts and the generous contributions of Safeway’s employees and customers, the foundation supports a variety of worthy causes in four key areas: education, health and human services, hunger relief, and programs that serve people with special needs.

On behalf of the students, staff, board, and volunteers of the Literacy Council, I extend our sincerest appreciation to Avis and the entire Safeway team for all that you have done during these last 20 years!

Suzie Eaton, Senior Director of Development
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042

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