LCNV Selected for 2013 Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair

November 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) will be participating in the Third Annual Arlington Gifts That Give Hope Alternative Gift Fair on Saturday, December 14, from 10am – 2pm at Calvary United Methodist Church at 2315 S. Grant Street in Arlington. 

Are you looking to take the stress out of holiday shopping and make your giving more meaningful this year? Considering giving a gift that helps those in need right here in the DC area. An alternative gift fair is a change from traditional store-bought gift-giving, and instead provides meaningful gifts that change lives in the community and directly benefits our organization. You can support LCNV by giving a gift of one Oxford Picture Dictionary to a family ($25), one classroom scholarship for an adult learner ($50) or training for two tutors to work one-on-one with adult learners ($100) . Your gift recipient will receive a beautiful holiday card explaining the donation made in their honor.

Children will have the opportunity to learn the true meaning of giving while shopping at the Children’s Gift Fair featuring $5 gift items perfect for teachers and grandparents. Santa will stop by the fair from 11-1:30 to visit with children. There will be face-painting, crafts, snacks and live holiday music.

We hope you can help support LCNV this holiday season. Please visit for more information or to shop online!

Want to know more about this alternative gift fair?:

At this family-friendly fair, there is no tangible “stuff.” There will, however, be live holiday music, face painting, crafts and some animals that need petting. But, what you take away from the experience will be priceless. This unique fair is an opportunity to teach the young and old how to give meaningful gifts to those who need it the most – and to provide hope to so many who may not be on anyone’s gift list.

Gifts That Give Hope will also have a special Children’s Mini Fair for the youngest shoppers where each donation is $5. Children can “shop” for grandparents, teachers and friends by giving $5 to local nonprofits to provide school supplies, metro fares, books and more for children in need.  $5 provides one week of LCNV English classes for another child’s mom or dad. They can decorate and personalize a card to explain their gift choice to their loved-one.

Online shopping for the Gifts That Give Hope Fair is available throughout November and December at




LCNV Charitable Giving Recommendations Featured in The Washington Post

November 25, 2013 at 12:08 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vanessa Small, Washington Post reporter, recently interviewed LCNV about worst and best ways to give during the holiday season and beyond.  Two LCNV recommendations were included in the article, “The Seven Worst Ways to Give to A Charity During the Holidays.” Please visit here for the Washington Post article.

(One article correction: LCNV does accept donations of children’s books for its Family Learning Program, but please contact LCNV in advance by email,, or phone, 703-237-0866, for book donation guidelines.)

Remember ’tis the season for charitable giving! The LCNV offices will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1, so please make any in-person donations or return any library books no later than  Dec. 23.  Otherwise to ensure your gift counts in 2013, postmark mailed donations to the LCNV office by Dec. 31 or make an online donation through our secure donation link.  Thank you.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042


LCNV Promotes Family Literacy through Owl PACT

November 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

LCNV’s Family Learning class at Crestwood Elementary School recently participated in a PACT (Parent and Child Time) activity where the adult students and the children made owls together.  PACTs are one of the pillars for comprehensive family literacy programs.   The owl activity was an enjoyable way for the children and parents to learn together and motivate each other.  Since the owl is Crestwood Elementary School’s mascot the families engaged in Crestwood’s school spirit and learned about the tradition of mascots for schools and other groups.   The smiles on everyone’s faces say it all!  Thank you to teacher Elizabeth Magee and Barbara Glotfelty for another successful moment in an FLP class!

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Also visit our LCNV’s Flickr site for photos of the FLP Owl PACT activity.

Carisa Pineda, Family Learning Program Specialist
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Reminder: LCNV November and December Closings

November 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Calendar, Class, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

November Closings
LCNV classes will be closed Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

LCNV classes and offices will be closed Thursday-Friday, November 28-29, 2013.

December Closings

LCNV classes will be closed Tuesday, December 3, 2013, so that teachers and students can participate in the Annual Holiday Potluck Party. Click here for more information.

LCNV offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24-Wednesday, January 1, 2014.  Please make in-person donations or return library books by Monday, December 23. For your donation to count in 2013, mail by Tuesday, December 31, 2013 or go online to donate.

Policy News: A Tale of Two Reports Points to Increased Need for Better Literacy Advocacy

November 15, 2013 at 11:54 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV would like to draw your attention an interesting policy article from Literacy Advocate, Jeff Carter.  He highlights the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)’s follow-up report,  just released November 12,  on what the recent PIAAC international survey means for the U.S., as well as another recently released NDD report, “The Faces of Austerity:  How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure.”  NDD United,  a coalition of leaders joining forces in an effort to save public services (known in Congress as nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs),  has developed one of the only major studies about the impact of increased nondefense discretionary (NDD)  funding cuts for Americans over the last several years.  According to Carter, as the evidence firmly supporting the increased need for adult literacy education becomes apparent, it has also clear that the U.S. Government continues to decrease investing in such NDD programs.

Click here for Jeff Carter’s Article and links to the two reports.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Tonight’s Affordable Care Workshop is Canceled

November 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Unfortunately, due to low sign-up, tonight’s workshop is cancelled.  If you or your student is interested in attending and did not signed up or you did and would like to see a workshop, please let me know and we will work to reschedule. Northern Virgina Family Service (NVFS) is eager to provide support to the community, so if there is more interest, LCNV would be happy to try again.  In the meantime, please feel free to cal Northern Virginia Family Service at 571-748-2580 to schedule an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor.

In the meantime, more resources are available.

Visit Virginia Health Care Foundation workshops to register for a Nov. 21 (9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) Woodbridge training. (Download flyer)

American Health Care Professionals, Dr. Clishia Taylor



Information about how much it could cost them to get covered.

That’s why we’ve just released our Get Covered Calculator. The tool lets consumers enter in their ZIP code, income, household size, and age to see easy-to-understand cost estimates for plans they and their family may be eligible for — including the financial help that may be available.



Marketplace plan summaries online , which has a pretty good search/filter feature and a premium calculator that factors in tax credits.

Summaries provided directly by the insurance company are Anthem and Innovation. Here are the links:


Tutor Training and Resources Update
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Calling all Tutors: Register Now to Ensure the Affordable Care Act Consumers Workshop Nov. 13 Continues

November 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

THREAT OF CANCELLATION: Affordable Care Act Consumers Workshop: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm

We only have 2 people signed up so far.  RSVP by 5pm today, 11/12, to prevent cancellation! You and your student are invited to learn from Northern Virginia Family Service staff  about insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act and how to apply for this insurance.  Note, if you bring a student, please consider there may be some concepts, questions, and answers you’ll need to review outside of the in-service. The NVFS presenter will do her best, but this workshop  is designed for general consumers, not specifically for our students. Please RSVP by calling 703-237-0866 or emailing



Informative Follow-ups to the First-ever International PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills

November 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL) President, Gail Spangenberg,  has insightful follow up to the recent PIAAC Survey findings:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocation and Adult Education (OVAE) will release a follow-up report to PIAAC Survey findings tomorrow, Nov. 12., 1 p.m. Register for livestream video or to attend in person at

Date: Tuesday, November 12

Time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005

Register at

November Closing

November 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The James Lee Community Center will be closed November  9-11, 2013, but LCNV offices will remain open during usual business hours on Monday, November 11. Click here to see a list of LCNV class closings over Veteran’s Day Weekend.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact LCNV at 703-237-0866 or

LCNV November 2013 Class Closings

November 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Please make note of all LCNV class closings for November 2013:

Monday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

All classes OPEN with the exception of:

Korean Community Service Center – CLOSED

Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center – CLOSED

Monday, November 25 – Lorton Senior Center class CLOSED (they are setting up for a Thanksgiving party)

Wednesday, November 27 – All classes CLOSED (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Thursday, November 28  – All classes CLOSED (Thanksgiving Holiday)

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