National Volunteer Week Celebrations

LVCA celebrated National Volunteer Week April 18–24 with tutor spotlights, Volunteer Bingo, Volunteer Superlatives, and a Virtual Happy Hour. Here's a quick recap of all that we celebrated: 
Caroline and Tamara were named Tutors of the Year. Both women went above and beyond converting to online tutoring, assisting with new tutor training sessions, and were extremely positive during a challenging year. 
Dellinda was recognized for 25 years of service! She completed her initial tutor training in 1996 and has changed the lives of countless students ever since. While she's tutored as many as three students at one time, she has worked with her current two students throughout the pandemic. 
All three women will have their names displayed on plaques in our office. We look forward to showing them off as soon as we reopen! 
Six other tutors were spotlighted throughout the week on social media and our website. Check out the Tutor Spotlight page of our website to meet George, Lakayla, Sue, John, Eunhee, and MaryLewis. We love the variety in their motivations behind volunteering and their advice for new tutors. 
Leading up to our Happy Hour, our volunteers were encouraged to play Volunteer Bingo to see how many different ways they have served our organization. Congratulations to Carole for earning a Double Bingo! Other winners included Sara and Nancy
Lastly, we recognized the following volunteers in our "Superlatives" shoutouts: 
We are beyond grateful to have such wonderful and dedicated volunteers! In the last year, our volunteers contributed 12k hours. When nothing was certain and in-person volunteering was completely turned upside down, many volunteers stepped up and, like our students, were brave enough to learn new skills, even ones that felt completely foreign to them. In doing so, they did more than instruct their students – they modeled a commitment to learning and a willingness to try new things that lies at the heart of LVCA’s mission. Thanks to our volunteers for being a brilliant example of lifelong learning and growth, especially in challenging times. 

Virtual Festival of Cultures is Now Live

Many of us have enjoyed visiting and exploring exhibits at The Charlottesville Festival of Cultures each May. The Festival is a space where all can meet, share in, and learn about each other’s cultures. This year, this family-friendly event is virtual. The online event includes music, dance, cultural presentations, and storytelling through permanent exhibitions, interactive discussions, and engaging performances. 
Several current and former LVCA students are participating in the event. Fatemah shared pictures and information for her Afghan Dumplings. Bushiri shared his story about leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo. JT presented information about K-Pop. Fareshta wrote about learning to drive in America. Soo demonstrated how to play Gong-gi, a traditional Korean game. Nebiye shared information about how she taught healthy eating in Turkey. Khadija is leading a baklava cooking demonstration. And that's just a small sampling of what you'll find! 
Visit the site and celebrate the rich diversity of our community -- there's something for everyone!
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