Last Chance to Register for RACE FOR A CAUSE!

October 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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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 (seaton@lcnv.org) with any questions and go to www.theraceforacause.com to sign up!

Registration Costs

  • 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

Course Map

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, Va 22042
(703)237-0866
www.LCNV.org

Raymond Chow: Thoughts and Thanks.

August 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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I am grateful to AmeriCorps and the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia for my exciting and rewarding year as an ESL teacher.  I have nothing but admiration and respect for the dedication and hard work of both the Literacy Council’s staff, volunteers, and students.  I have grown as an educator and as a member of my community through the work I’ve done here.

At the class graduations this summer I told my students that they were my family.  Specifically they were all my parents, only 40 years removed.  They came to America for the same reasons, the same aspirations – something better for themselves and for their children.  My parents were able to own their own house, their own small business, and put two children through college.  And I told them this not to brag about my parents’ successes but to confirm theirs.   All those great Frank Capra American dreams are possible.  I am proud of every one of my students.  I only hope they continue to gain knowledge and confidence as they continue to better themselves.

But if they are my parents then I am their son.  And in that I have to reflect on the question of whether I have been a good one.  I can only say that AmeriCorps has been a reaffirmation that I’m trying.  I want to help others.  I want to do good and take advantage of all the gifts I’ve been given so that I can give back to others.  To that end, when I take my leave of LCNV I will be going back to law school to become a better advocate (in some fashion) of this community.

Everyone at the Literacy Council has been both dedicated and kind.  Although I will not be able to teach in the coming year I have every intention of helping LCNV in its mission.  I sincerely thank the Literacy Council for helping me be a better person.

Raymond K. Chow
Americorps Member
Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Chuch, Virginia 22042
(703)237-0866 ext. 118
www.lcnv.org

You’re Invited to LCNV’s Golden Reunion!

June 19, 2012 at 10:00 AM | 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

Golden Reunion 

Celebrating 50 years of promoting literacy!

Reconnect with old friends, students, tutors, teachers, and supporters. Hear about the impact the Council has had on the lives of both instructors and learners. Learn how the Council has evolved to support the changing needs of the community. Program begins at 4 PM and will be followed by a reception.

SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2012  │ 4 PM to 7PM

Northern Virginia Community College – Ernst Community Cultural Center
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Complimentary Program and Reception │ Dress Casual │ Free Parking

RSVP to 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org

Support LCNV at Footprints for Hope

May 4, 2012 at 2:25 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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What if a footprint could make an impact on someone’s life?

Join us for Footprints for Hope and you CAN set someone on the path to empowerment!

Connections for Hope is a partnership of nonprofit organizations and other service providers that operate under one roof in Herndon to provide individuals and families in need with access to an integrated array of services. From medical care to job skills training, homework assistance to legal counseling, English classes to homelessness prevention, these and other services at Connections for Hope foster the self-sufficiency, good health and education that people of all ages and cultures need so that they can participate constructively in their communities.

Your gift toward our Walk for Hope team will help LCNV provide adult learners with the English language and literacy instruction that they desperately need, right in their own neighborhood.

Support LCNV on May 19th and leave your footprint.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Love the Literacy Council Today on Spring2ACTion Day!

May 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | Leave a comment
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Today is the day – Spring2ACTion is here!   For the next 24 hours, our community will come together to support Alexandria non-profits. Will you help us? If you give today, the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia could win up to $30,000 in grants and prizes!  

Go online today and support the Literacy Council on Spring2ACTion day:  http://spring2action.razoo.com/story/Lcnv

While helping LCNV become eligible for $30,000 in grants and prizes, your donation can also:

  • enable LCNV to bring much needed literacy services to adults in Northern Virginia;
  • fund a scholarship for one adult learner;
  • train two tutors to work one-to-one with adult learners;
  • support a mother and her two children through a 12-week Family Learning class;
  • sponsor a class of 30 adult learners.

Help us spread the word and let everyone you know that today is the day to give to Alexandria nonprofits! Tell your friends! Forward this blog! Share it on Facebook and Twitter!  Follow the leader board and help the Literacy Council get to the top! Visit the live leader board at Spring2ACTion.Razoo.com and cheer us on!

Ready, Set, Give! Support literacy in Alexandria today – Spring2ACTion day! Thank you for your support!

Be Generous. Be Alexandria.

Literacy Council of Northern Virginia
2855 Annandale Road
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 237-0866
www.lcnv.org

Chef José Andrés Celebrates Literacy with LCNV

April 24, 2012 at 1:04 PM | Posted in AmeriCorps, Announcements, Class, Development, ESOL, Family Learning, Teaching, Tutoring, Volunteers | 1 Comment
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Chef Jose Andrés is featured in Time magazine. Photo by Peter Hapak

The Literacy Council of Northern Virginia is celebrating its 50th year in a really big way! We’ve planned three events: The Golden Reunion (July 1, 2012); One for the Books (October 3, 2012); and Literacy Means Business (April 2012).

Celebrity Chef José Andrés will be a special guest at our gala event, One for the Books! One for the Books will be hosted at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria. Special guests also include award-winning author David Baldacci, and prominent financier Ric Edelman. 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.

Recently, Chef Jose Andrés was featured in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the World. In addition to being a phenomenal chef, Andrés is an advocate and fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen, whose Fresh Start Catering will be catering One for the Books. Take a moment to read the feature and find out why Andrés is so influential and inspiring.

Mark your Calendars. One for the Books takes place on October 3rd of this year, but LCNV will be hosting its Golden Reunion this July 1st, at the Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale. See old and new LCNV faces. Hear from LCNV volunteers and students, whose stories will inspire you. For more information: 703-237-0866 or info@lcnv.org.

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