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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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LLC is a great organization that really helps gives members of our community the skills they need to improve their quality of life. Keep up the good work!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy Council provides an important service where many of our neighbors don’t even realize there is a need. Thank you for what you do!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started with Loudoun Literacy I was unaware of the great need for English literacy education, but now I see how something I used to take for granted can be such an obstacle. The Adult Literacy Program and Family Literacy Program provide support for speakers of other languages, as well as at risk children and families, making Loudoun County a better place to live for everyone. The LLC Staff and volunteers are also a wonderful group of people who care deeply about the people they reach. I'm so proud to be a part of Loudoun Literacy Council, and I truly believe in the power of this fantastic organization to improve both the community and the individual lives of our students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one of the AmeriCorps members who serves with Loudoun Literacy Council, I've had a wonderful experience so far! I was not confident in my teaching abilities when I began, but LLC has helped me feel much more prepared! Also, as I've been serving with them, I have experienced first hand how much of a difference they make in the lives of the Loudoun community. They really live up to their goal of changing lives through literacy, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve with them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program provides a much needed and beneficial service to our community. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the LLC is the ability to build the self-esteem of the participants. The program serves children and adults, as well as individuals who are learning English for the first time. I have seen both the volunteers and the recipients benefit greatly from this program. The volunteers are very caring and engaging. In addition to helping the participants with their reading skills, the program helps to build confidence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy Council is a fantastic organization for our community, improving the lives for underprivliged youth through the basic fundamental skill of reading. The organization does much more for our youth than encouraging them to pick up books, but gives them the confidence they need to succeed in school. The organization also provides learning opportunities for adults, which empowers them to make a positive change for their life going forward. Loudoun Literacy Council is an integral part of raising the bar of education in Loudoun County.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with Loudoun Literacy Council as a volunteer with the Sweet Dreams program reading to at-risk youth in Loudoun County. Seeing the difference the program made in the lives of the children motivated me to explore and eventually commit to board membership.

As a board member, I am continually impressed by the dedication of our staff and volunteers. Their commitment to providing educational opportunity to members of our community in need is nothing short of inspiring. I look forward to continuing to work with my fellow board members to increase awareness of the need for literacy programs in our community, to attract new sources of funding, and ultimately to expand our programs in order to accommodate all residents of Loudoun County who may have a need for literacy assistance.

Paul154

Board Member

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy Council provides a valuable service to the community. The members of the community who do not read, write or speak English as their first language have an organization to help them. There are many volunteers who give a lot of their time to help teach those in need. As a board member and my wife as a teacher we see first hand the many people who have come and benefited from LLC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Loudoun Literacy Council provides educational services to hundreds of at-risk children, their families, and adult English language learners every year in Loudoun County. We have a terrific corps of volunteers who donate THOUSANDS of hours to improve the lives of HUNDREDS of people who live and work in Loudoun County. This is an organization whose results are tremendous compared to their resources - they are incredibly efficient and make a significant and positive impact. I've served as both a volunteer and Board member for over five years and am proud of our service to the residents of Loudoun County.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My relationship with the Loudoun Literacy Council started when I met someone who could not read or write English. Coming from a household where reading was a daily occurrence, for work or for pleasure, I was shocked. I couldn't sleep that night. The next day, I got on my computer and searched for "Loudoun" (the county where I live) and "literacy" - the Loudoun Literacy Council was the top result. I contacted them that day and from there I went on to volunteer as a reader to children in emergency housing and homeless shelters and as an ESL Instructor for adults. The Loudoun Literacy Council provides free books and services to children of low income families and affordable English language instruction for adults; this amounts to hundreds of individuals every year. While Loudoun County is regularly reported as having the highest median household income in the US, there are many families who are not as well off and need help to improve their language and literacy skills to improve their lives. The Loudoun Literacy Council works tirelessly, both through its staff and its passionate corps of volunteers, to support Loudoun's underserved and help to ensure that everyone can communicate and participate in their communities and workplaces.

Robbie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer teacher, I have seen the difference learning to speak English has made for a wide variety of students. Loudoun Literacy Council provides a wonderful and a much needed service to the English Language Learners in our county! What a difference LLC volunteers make!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Loudoun Literacy Council as a teacher assistant and as a tutor now for almost a year. They are some of the kindest and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not to mention I have never felt more prepared in an ESOL classroom before. The training they provide goes above and beyond to make sure everyone who volunteers feels comfortable in any situation they may happen to come across. I know I will continue to volunteer with them and have already recommended them to friends looking to volunteer.

Liz_33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with LLC for 3 years as a class teacher and as a tutor. The training for my experience was outstanding as is the continued support by the staff. Assistance, advice and materials are always available.
For me, working with these motivated students is energizing and awarding. As well as the language, they are enjoying learning the traditions and customs of America.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The preparation and support given to volunteers by the LCC staff is outstanding. It is easy to understand why this program is so successful. With its eager students, enthusiastic and well-trained volunteers, and knowledgeable and helpful staff it is bound grow and continue serving needs of Loudoun County residents.

Donor

Rating: 5

Loudoun literacy council provides a much needed service to an under served population in our local community. Hats off to them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to the Council with no experience in the ELL world but was quickly welcomed and trained to help support their mission. They put a lot of work into their volunteer training sessions which can be measured by their volunteer retention and quick turnaround in matching volunteers with classes/students. The Council is supported by the community, as seen through fundraising events, matching grants from local vendors, and their relationships with local community centers, schools, and libraries providing space for the weekly classes.
Students excel in LLC's programs, increasing their Best Plus scores, moving up through the class levels and even moving on to the local Community College to further their education and skills in the English language. Students also are exposed to other cultures in class, building relationships with people they would probably not otherwise meet in their daily life.
Overall, I think LLC does a great job of establishing a sense of community while creating a safe place for students to collaborate and increase confidence in their English language skills. Volunteers and staff go out of their way to meet the needs of the community. They stretch their funding and resources to fulfill their mission, thus making it a 5 star nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Loudoun Literacy Council is a wonderful non-profit providing a critical service to the community. The work they do truly changes lives and has a far reaching positive impact on the greater community. I would recommend this organization to anyone in need of literacy services.