SKYLINE LITERACY

Rating: 4.69 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 975 S High St Harrisonburg VA 22801 USA

Mission: TO ASSIST AREA ADULTS IN LITERACY
Target demographics: area adults
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 300 adult learners achieve their goals.
Geographic areas served: Harrisonburg, VA,
Programs: basic literacy, writing, English as a Second Language, GED preparation and US Citizenship preparation using trained volunteers.

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

It was an awsome citizenship program! I learned so much english and passed citizenship exam

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would move to larger building and have more advanced teaching resources.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

I make my living as a writer, so literacy is something that's very important to me! I am also interested in local volunteerism and becoming more involved with people in the community who I may not otherwise interact with often. Volunteering with Skyline Literacy was a great way to combine those interests, and I've been glad to have done so over the past year and a half. I've taught English classes and citizenship classes for Skyline. The citizenship classes were particularly rewarding - it was a privilege to help people in the class who were very motivated to become citizens and be able to more fully participate in the civic life of this community that's become their home.
Skyline Literacy is working hard to meet the large need in and around Harrisonburg for language, literacy and citizenship classes, and I'm proud to play a small part in that.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it enough funding to hire more staff. It's my impression that the current staff can barely keep up with the demand for Skyline's services.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks for your supportive comments. We are proud of our volunteer tutors and others that contribute to the success of our learners.

Rating: 5 stars  

I love Skyline Literacy because they have seen a need in the community and have filled it. They realize that many people need help in their English skills and need to know the answers for the citizenship test. They have gone above and beyond to make sure everyone can do exactly what they need to do in that regard. I have enjoyed volunteering with them so much. I love all of the great people I've met and I know that I've gained teaching skills and its opened my eyes to a completely new culture and has helped me become more involved in the Harrisonburg community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing. I think it's great!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks Amanda! Skyline is so happy to have you on board!

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been teaching citizenship classes as a volunteer at Skyline Literacy for about 2 1/2 years. I have enjoyed every class that I have taught--the students are interested in learning and work together in class to encourage and support each other. It is so rewarding to hear when our students pass their citizenship test! The staff at Skyline and other tutors have also been great to work with.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks! It is so rewarding to have such great volunteer tutors who invest heart and soul into the work at Skyline!

Rating: 5 stars  

I loved the citizenship program and they helped me become a citizen of the United States!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make more Ads for people to see the great opportunities Skyline offers!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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We are so happy that you chose us to help you achieve your goals. Congratulations on becoming a US citizen!

Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoyed learning English and i got help passing the citizenship exam

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

everything looks great to me

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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We are glad to be able to help you reach your goals! Congratulations on becoming a US citizen :)

Rating: 4 stars  

I was an Intern this past summer for Skyline and worked mostly in programs area. I was able to sit in on classes, help out with childcare, and meet learners who were just beginning their time with Skyline. During my time with them, I was able to understand the the many roles they play for the community they serve. Skyline plays a crucial role for an under-served population in Harrisonburg by offering customized learning environments for learners who may not fit into a traditional setting. Among the possible reasons students may not fit into a formal class setting are that learners may have a learning disability, not have reliable transportation, may need childcare, or have specific learning needs, among others.
One of the neatest aspects of this organization, I think, is that it relies on community members as volunteer tutors and instructors. It seemed to me that many students developed strong relationships with their tutors that at times even extended beyond the classroom. Harrisonburg is becoming an extremely diverse community, and the exchange of language and information seems to be a great platform for understanding among these different groups of people. I am very glad to have recently accepted a position at Skyline to help them fulfill their many goals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks for your insightful comments, revealing the reasons area adults need our program.

Rating: 5 stars  

They taught me citizenship courses and made it very easy for me to pass the Exam.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make more and different courses' time for citizenship and English classes.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks! We are glad you came to Skyline. Congratulations on becoming a US citizen!

Rating: 4 stars  

For the past 6 years I have volunteered my services to Skyline Literacy where I have taught English as a second language. Each year has been just as positive as the year before. The students are motivated to learn which presents a great atmosphere in the classroom. Our administrators strive to enhance the program wherein they have fundraisers and end of the year awards ceremonies. Also, of significance, I have a Marine son who just completed his B.A. at UVA who taught for a year at Skyline Literacy. He enjoyed it. Lastly, my daughter is assistant teaching this year at Skyline Literacy. She loves it. I believe in Skyline Literacy and the great benefits it bestows on our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes! We need it in our community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks for your thoughtful review. It is always rewarding when a whole family invests in the program :) Thank you for your commitment. :)

Rating: 5 stars  

Skyline Literacy is extremely efficient with every dollar donated. Their overhead is low and their performance high. Their focus is plainly on the students every minute of every day.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thanks for your supportive words and for the help that you give to our community.

Thanks for your assessment and for your commitment.