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Archive for September, 2011

For a second consecutive year, LLC is a Nonprofit of the Year Finalist. We were chosen as one of four finalists by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award committee.

You have the opportunity to vote and show your support! Voting does impact the chosen winner and you may submit multiple votes. So vote and vote and vote! The link is live for the next seven days only; from September 22 through September 29 at 5 pm.

Please visit www.loudounchamber.org to place your vote. You will find the link housed under the Events tab and click “Small Business Awards”.

You are a literacy partner with us, so we hope you will share in this success! Thank you for your continued support.

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To our Readers,

September 12th through the 18th is National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. We at the Loudoun Literacy Council want to take this opportunity to raise awareness and support for the many programs we provide to the 20,000 households in Loudoun County where little English is spoken. It is in these communities that our under-educated and immigrant adults know well that command of English is vital to personal success.

The importance of literacy cannot be underestimated. Adult education and literacy programs support jobs and the economy by providing a pool of proficient, English speaking workers who can more easily communicate both with customers and employers to improve business, secure their own future, and spur continuing social improvements. In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the Loudoun Literacy Council served 345 adult English language learners in 10 classrooms throughout the county, provided one on one tutoring in Adult Basic Education to 65 students, and 32 percent of those students carried over and continue to work with their tutors today.

Our Family Literacy Program served 109 Head Start households and the Sweet Dreams Reading Program served 225 children and family members in homeless shelters. We distributed 114 Baby Book Bundles to at-risk mothers with new babies and gave 1,725 books to the neediest students in Loudoun County Public Schools. A total of 5,525 free books were distributed to children in schools and other community organizations.
How do we do it? With 2,471 volunteer hours dedicated to Literacy in Loudoun County. Is it worth the time and effort?  Yes! Every time you see a child’s eyes light up when you tell her she can keep the book she’s been given, and every time a child says with wonder as he tucks his book under his arm, “Really? I can keep it?” and every time our students—both children and adults—experience the joy of holding a book, recognizing a word and realizing reading is not wizardry – it is simply possible.
How do we fund it all? That does take a little wizardry to meet growing demands of a growing county.  We receive 96% of our funding from individual donors, area businesses, and corporate and foundation grants, all of which are sources that have had to deal with current economic realities. And now that federal funding has been cut for long standing programs such as Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the need for our programs will increase even more.  Loudoun residents can help by designating the Loudoun Literacy Council (#8492) in their United Way Workplace Giving Campaign or give online at http://www.loudounliteracy.org .
The simple act of giving keeps LLC moving forward to provide programs that benefit our neediest residents and ones for the whole community. On Sunday, September 18, LLC will host the Family Fall for Reading event at Rust Library from 1-4 pmwhich encourages families to read together and coincides with the National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week.  Join for a full day of free activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, free books and lots of fun.  We encourage everyone to stop by and watch us in action, meet some of our volunteers, and perhaps observe a child clutch a book tightly and with bright, wide eyes ask, “Is it really mine?”

We hope to see you there.

Warm Regards,

Tanya Bittenbender

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