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Loudoun Literacy Council

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Causes: Adult Education, Education, Ethnic & Immigrant Centers, Human Services, Immigration, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Our Mission: Loudoun Literacy Council’s mission is to teach English communication skills and provide literacy resources to empower low-income adults and children to become self-sufficient and confident in their ability to achieve their personal and professional goals. Our Vision: is that all those who live and work in Loudoun County will have the literacy skills required to participate and thrive in our community. Our Core Values: • Respect for our program participants, volunteers, and staff. • Collaboration among the board and staff as well as with our volunteers and partners in the community. • Inclusiveness in our programs and events so that all feel welcome. • Service to our community and its residents. • Trust in the positive intent with which we all approach our work. • Empowerment of our program participants and the staff and volunteers who serve them. • Transparency and ethical behavior in all interactions.

Results: FY18: More than 330 adults gained the literacy skills needed. More than 1,600 low-income children & their families received literacy resources. More than 12,000 books were distributed to adults and children.

Target demographics: adults and children with limited English proficiency

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 2,200 community members improve their literacy skills through our programs.

Geographic areas served: Loudoun County, Virginia

Programs: tutoring and small group classes for English language learners (ELL), basic literacy and GED prep; Jobsite literacy program; literacy enrichment in all county Head Start and STEP classes including monthly book packs and family literacy nights throughout the year; the Sweet Dreams volunteer led weekly family reading program in two local homeless shelters; and Baby Book Bundles which supplies new books and literacy tips to at-risk families with new babies.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on the board of a local volunteer organization and Nikki was kind enough to come speak at one of our club meetings. Since that time our club has had the opportunity to volunteer at a couple of their events. Everyone that works for Loudoun Literacy is a pleasure to work with. They are accommodating, flexible and passionate about their mission. One of the events we had the pleasure of volunteering at a book party. The event from start to finish was fun and engaging. It was great to see such a large turn out of families with children of all ages and be able to help them participate in the events activities. One of our club members was even able to read one of the stories to the children. This is a great organization and I know our club looks forward to more volunteer events in the future!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I began my journey with the Loudoun Literacy Council as a volunteer teacher of ESOL classes for adults. I have always wanted to do this type of volunteer work, as I believe that literacy is vitally important to all. I was trained by the Loudoun Literacy Council and have received great materials and support from them. I was so impressed with their work in our community that I gladly accepted a position on the Board of Directors and continue to volunteer in that capacity. I am very impressed with Nikki Daruwala and the high-level, strategic thinking she brings to the Council and look forward to supporting its important work going forward.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with Loudoun Literacy. My parents were immigrants and this program would have been so helpful to them many years ago. They are a very well run organization with many important programs. I am honored to serve on their board.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had a great experience volunteering for the Loudoun Literacy Council. The work they do in our community makes a real difference for individuals (both children and adults) and their families. I'm proud to be a part of that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy volunteering for them. They provide lots of resources and training. I endorse them fully.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a child caretaker, for a single parent of two young boys. Mom works full time and is tired when she gets home. There are very few children's books in the home, because Mom basically doesn't think about reading to the boys, and because of this, the boys don't think much about reading. This is a common scene in many households today. Add in the element of English being the second language of the parent, and the challenge becomes even greater. That's where the Loudoun Literacy Council comes in! The programs they work with in the schools, help the head start kids develop a love for stories and books. Their reading programs in the shelters, and their book gifts to low income families, help spark a desire to grow in literacy, and help these families to feel cared for. The literacy council also works hard to bring awareness of the needs to our business community, which is vital to the resourcing and making a difference.
The work of Loudoun Literacy provides needed help to families who simply need a heads up as to the value, a leg up as to the resource help, and a thumbs up as they succeed! I'm proud of our County for having a Literacy Coucil! Thank you Sara Anderson, for getting me connected!

1 Judy Scott M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Who enjoys feeling left out? As a traveler in various parts of the world, I know what estrangement feels like when language skills are weak. I don't get the jokes, or good service, or proper care for my family. It's uncomfortable and downright scary to be in that situation.

I also know how awesome it feels to come to a new community and be given the chance to use my skills to help others.

Loudoun Literacy Council connects people who need language skills with people who need to feel useful. It's a win-win program that not only connects student with teacher, but does so in a way that is organized, supportive and successful. Way to go, LLC! Over the last four years, you enhanced my life because you allowed me to enhance the lives of others.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a child, I was blessed to grow up in a home where reading and literacy were an integral part of my development. Without the strong focus on literacy in my family, I wouldn't be where I am today as a CPA and member of our community. I'm a strong believer that literacy opens the door to opportunity which is why I'm so proud to serve on the Board of the Loudoun Literacy Council as Treasurer as we impact the Loudoun community for good!

Clint Thomas, CPA, CVA

1 Kimberly L.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board for a year and have seen the tremendous impact Loudoun Literacy Council is having on our clients' lives. Executive Director Nikki Daruwala is broadening Loudoun Literacy Council's visibility in the community through strategic partnerships and program expansions. It is an exciting time to be a part of this vital organization!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Extremely fulfilling supporting the organization and its mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Provides a great community service. Very helpful and professional.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After 4 years as a volunteer teacher with LLC, I'm finding my experience more rewarding than ever. One feature of Loudoun's rapid economic and demographic growth is the remarkable number of new immigrants from all corners of the globe. Many of my students have been here less than year, in some cases no more than a few weeks or months. LLC classes provide for many of them a useful first step in gaining the English skills necessary for their new life. I have noticed also that LLC classes serve to build a sense of confidence and community for my students, both by helping to introduce them to their new environment and by serving as a vehicle to build new friendships with their fellow students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Appreciate the professionalism of the staff and volunteers. They do great work in our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member for over two years now. I am most impressed with the commitment our staff has in striving to improve the lives of those who need English assistance. They are dedicated, creative, and passionate about improving literacy in Loudoun County.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for the Loudoun Literacy Council for three years now -- first as an assistant teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages, then as a teacher, and now as a Board member. The staff of this organization demonstrate an admirable commitment to the adults, children, and families they serve, always doing whatever needs to be done with empathy and true caring. They also offer multiple ways to give back to the community, whether volunteers can spare a few hours to help with an event or want to commit to weekly sessions of reading to children or teaching adults. I feel supported as a volunteer and confident that I can call on the staff for advice or help whenever I may need it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Classes are good and information is very helpful. The teachers are also very helpful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is nice to see them in the community doing good work and organizing fun events.

Donor

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy Council is an Impactful organization providing a much needed service in Loudoun County.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy has allowed me to get involved in my community several times and each time has been wonderful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy has allowed me to get involved in my community several times and each time has been wonderful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I also want to share about the English classes that the program offers for the parents, I have attended several courses in which I have learned a lot of English and thanks to that I feel more confident and have better communication with my children's teachers as well as helping my kids with school tasks.