During our Zoom Happy Hour on July 10th, we recognized five individuals for their contributions to LVCA over the last fiscal year. These volunteers have gone above and beyond expectations and have made significant contributions to our program.
Menna Y., Tutor of the Year: Menna was an easy choice as one of our Tutors of the Year for FY20. She has tutored multiple students, led a session during our retreat, and easily transitioned her tutoring to online formats when the pandemic forced us to shut down our office. She also continuously impressed staff with how well she was able to apply English Language Proficiency Standards to her tutoring. Sadly, Menna and her husband moved to England last month. We wish them all the best but she will surely be missed!
Cherrie W., Tutor of the Year: Cherrie has found multiple ways to serve our students over the last year. She tutored two students, lead a small-group conversation class, and volunteered to help train new volunteers at monthly tutor training sessions. Her commitment to our students and enthusiasm for tutoring is contagious.
Erik D., Volunteer of the Year: Erik answered a call for a video editor in early 2019 to help edit Wordplay videos. Since then he has not only volunteered editing video footage and creating great videos, but he's also volunteered to interview and film our students, tutors, and programs. His work makes all of our students and tutors look good! Be on the lookout for his new videos later this fall.
Kathy K., Volunteer of the Year: Kathy has served as a front desk volunteer on Thursday evenings for several years. Before the pandemic hit, she patiently helped students with their computer learning, tackling endless technology issues. She also spent countless hours filing tutor reports. But mostly, she provided a welcoming presence to anyone who came to the office. As we slowly reopened, she was eager to jump back into her old role and she's now back to manning our desk one evening a week.
Pete Y., Volunteer of the Year: Pete has helped us greatly by providing technical support and helping us extract data from our old student/tutor database in a manner in which it can be imported into our new database system, LACES. Pete's expertise in understanding the structure of our Access database has saved LVCA many, many, hours of work and data entry.
We'd like to thank all 375+ volunteers who served our organization over the last year. We are so grateful for everyone who has dedicated their time and talents to promoting literacy within our community.