Celebrating National Volunteer Week

Sunday, April 18 – Saturday, April 24
This year, we are joining in with the rest of the nation to recognize the contributions of our inspiring volunteers during National Volunteer Week. 
Despite the challenges of the past year, our volunteers stepped up, learned new skills, and modeled a commitment to learning that is at the heart of our mission. Their willingness to adjust and grow alongside us over the last year has been inspiring.
We want to thank all of our volunteers for being an example of lifelong learning, especially in challenging times. 
We will mark National Volunteer Week by sharing a few volunteer profiles on social media, asking volunteers to play "Volunteer Bingo" with us, recognizing our annual Tutors of the Year, and by hosting a Virtual Happy Hour on April 23. All volunteers are invited to take part. Keep an eye on your inbox and social media feeds for more details! 

Voices of Adult Learners Stories Shared Online for 2021 Festival of the Book

Voices of Adult Learners is a celebration bringing together adults from literacy, GED, and ESL education programs to share their compelling stories. Students enrolled in literacy and adult education programs composed a variety of writings about everyday life, traditions, childhood, and personal stories. We are proud to partner with The Adult Learning Center each year by helping our students take part in the annual event.
Voices stories are traditionally shared as part of the annual Virginia Festival of the Book. Due to the pandemic, stories were shared virtually this year. 
We'd like to congratulate our student, Fariba, for being one of the winning writers featured as part of this year's virtual event. You can read her story here

Addressing Race, Trauma, and Violence 

Our nation has witnessed a tragic increase in racism and violence over the last year. These horrific events have a clear effect on our learners and their families and we acknowledge the fear that they may be feeling right now. We have encouraged all of our tutors to provide a safe space for learners to talk about recent events, ask questions, and process what is going on in our world. 
We are working closely with other organizations to provide the resources and content our tutors need to feel confident in addressing these issues with their students. Our goal is to help tutors create opportunities for their students to share about what affects them personally. 
We remain committed to the task of confronting oppression through education. We stand with our students, volunteers, and neighbors against systemic racism in all its manifestations. 
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