Volunteers Needed

August 23, 2015 at 8:22 PM | Posted in Volunteers | 1 Comment

LCNV is so grateful to our dedicated corps of volunteers to help us advance our mission. Whether you are an active volunteer or still on the fence about whether or not to volunteer with us, please read on to learn about more ways to get involved.

Outreach Volunteers:
We are looking for volunteers to contribute to our student, volunteer, and public relations efforts. Outreach volunteer options include:

  • Manning an LCNV table at various events, such as at festivals sponsored by community centers and Back to School Resource Fairs.
  • Posting flyers for volunteer/student recruitment and for general promotion at targeted locations, including libraries, supermarkets, and community centers.
  • Representing LCNV as a speaker at various donor or volunteer outreach activities. Examples include:
    • LCNV Volunteer Orientation, where you would talk about your volunteer experience, and maybe even bring a learner you work with along;
    • Foreign Service Institute Job Search program Volunteer Fair;
    • RSVP volunteer meet & greet where prospective volunteers meet with representatives of service organizations.

For our student recruitment efforts in particular, we would like to have volunteers who are interested in using their skills with other languages, in order to ease communication between prospective students and the LCNV representative.

Current volunteers interested in serving in this capacity are asked to please contact Ruba Afzal and indicate the opportunities that appeal to you. If you are not yet a volunteer, please attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations to get started.

Join LCNV’s Instructor Training Team:
If you have experience delivering instruction or training, and credentials in education, please consider joining the LCNV volunteer Training Team. This collaborative group of professionals trains LCNV volunteers to be teachers, class aides, and tutors for our learners. Interested individuals should be available a few Saturdays a year to participate in group training sessions and attend meetings. If you are a current volunteer and would like to find out more, please contact Carole Bausell. Otherwise, please attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Orientations to get started.

Huong’s Story: “I’ll Try and Try”

August 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM | Posted in Student Stories | Comments Off on Huong’s Story: “I’ll Try and Try”

My name is Huong. I’ve lived in the U.S. for four and a half years. My parents, my brothers and my sisters have lived here for twenty five years. They have succeeded in their lives. Before, I didn’t go with them, because I got married with a good man. We have two children. My son is 24 years old. He’s studying IT (Information Technology). He’s in his second year at NOVA. He’ll enter George Mason University next year. My daughter is 22 years old. She’s studying electrical engineering. She’s in her third year at George Mason University. I hope my children will be successful and happy in their lives in this free country.

When I was in my country, I had my own business cutting and selling glass and mirrors. I also made aluminum doors, cabinets, and wardrobes. My business was growing and I had a lot of customers. One day, my husband and I changed our minds. We decided to move to the U.S. for my children to have a better future.

When I was in my country, I had almost many things. Such as, I had a good job, a few homes and several vehicles. When I came here, I didn’t have anything. It was too hard for me. But I didn’t get discouraged. I kept trying to make my hopes and dreams become true.

At first, I studied, I got a driver’s license. I bought an old car later two and a half months I came here. And then I looked for job and I studied, I got a cosmetologist license. After I lived here three years, I bought a small townhouse. Now, I’m learning one hundred questions for the citizenship test. I hope I’ll pass citizenship this year. Then, I’ll go back to my country to visit my family in law and my friends.

I continue to study English even though I’m so busy. I hope my English improves. I’ll enter NOVA Community College. If I can, I’ll get a medical assistant’s license. I hope I’ll have a good job and good benefits future. I hope my dreams to come true. I’ll try and try.

– Huong

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