The mission of LVA-PW is to teach adults the life-changing skills of reading, writing, and speaking English
that will enable them to participate and prosper in our society.
All New! Confidence Course
LVA-PW was just awarded a mini-grant from the Virginia Association for Adult and Continuing Education (VAACE) to offer our learners a first-of-its-kind confidence course. The course title is “Speaking of Success – The Director’s Confidence Course” and will be taught by our Executive Director with over 25 years’ experience in business management and adult education. Every day we meet adults who have everything but confidence. That’s all about to change… The new course will challenge adults to leave their comfort zone by learning new skills and engaging in confidence-building activities. Learners who complete all course requirements will have the opportunity to earn a special framed Certificate of Achievement. For more information, contact our office at 703-670-5702.
Wal-Mart Community Grant
LVA-PW would like to thank our wonderful community partners at the Woodbridge Walmart (store #1852) for their generous grant of $2,000 to support our innovative new Job Readiness program. Many of our adult learners work at our local Walmart stores and are grateful for the opportunity to find meaningful jobs to support their families. Walmart understands the importance of supporting educational and job readiness initiatives – to teach adults computer skills, resume writing, interview practice, online job searches and applications, best practices in the workplace and how to contribute to the community in which we live. Thanks to Walmart, we can continue to expand our high demand job readiness program to serve more adults in our community, providing hope and helping them find sustainable jobs with career opportunities to support their families and help our local economy to thrive and prosper. We’d like to extend a sincere thanks to our friends at the Woodbridge Walmart (#1852)!
Annual Food for Thought Dinner and Trivia Night – Another Success!
We would like to sincerely thank all of our many sponsors, donors, supporters, volunteers and attendees who made our second annual Food for Thought fundraiser a huge success. In particular, we would like to thank our Platinum sponsors - BAE Systems and Azalea Charities; our Gold sponsors - Northern Virginia Community College and Solo Flooring; our Silver sponsors – First Mount Zion Baptist Church and Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI). We have too many bronze sponsors, local businesses and community leaders who purchased ads to list but greatly appreciate their support for our event. A special thanks to our outstanding Board of Directors, led by Mr. Ken Ikeda, for their many hours of hard work securing sponsors, obtaining raffle basket items, selling tickets, preparing trivia questions and for their ongoing support throughout the year. We cannot thank the over 30 local restaurants, who provided a wonderful selection of their delicious menu items, enough for their contributions and for enabling all those who attended to truly enjoy a “Taste of Prince William”.
This year’s event raised over $13,000 and will help us continue to meet the adult literacy needs of those in our community who need the ever-increasing demand for our services. If you attended, you have our sincere thanks and gratitude and we look forward to seeing you again next year. If you are just learning of this signature event, mark your calendar for early next June and plan to join us in supporting our award-winning adult literacy non-profit in serving the needs of adults and their families in our community. Please contact our office if you would like more information about our organization or would like to volunteer or make a donation.
LVA-PW Volunteers Recognized for Their Dedication
Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit organization and LVA-PW is fortunate to have the cream of the crop when it comes to volunteers. A number of them were able to join volunteers from other organizations all across Prince William County on May 17, 2015 at the Historic Brentsville Courthouse property to be recognized for their many hours or service to the community. Mike May, Supervisor from the Occoquan District, was the guest speaker and each volunteer received a letter of thanks and recognition from Senator Mark Warner. The presentations were followed by a picnic. It was rewarding to be part of such a dedicated group of people who are selflessly giving of their time and talents to continue to make Prince William County a fantastic community for all of us.
Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William Receives Prestigious Award
Thanks to the dedicated and tireless efforts of all our outstanding volunteers, LVA-PW was awarded the 2015 Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Arts and Education by the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce at the Annual Business Awards Dinner on February 25 at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The award is an incredible honor for our organization and demonstrates the community's support and recognition of the hard work, dedication, and commitment of each of our volunteers. All those who are part of our program are making a difference by tutoring, helping with bell-ringing and fundraisers, making donations and even just telling friends and neighbors about the great work we do to help adult learners in our community. LVA-PW has successfully met the learning needs of over 8,500 adults since our inception 24 years ago and has impacted over 30,000 family members as a result. On behalf of the staff and board of directors, thank YOU for making LVA-PW the premier adult literacy non-profit in Prince William County. We are honored to receive the award and for being recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as a community service leader. Thank you for all you do and for sharing in the continued success of our outstanding award-winning organization.
The award is proudly displayed in our office. Please view the award on your next visit to our office. As part of the award, LVA-PW also received a $1,000 check and a write-up in a special EXTRA edition of the Prince William Today.
Grants Support LVA-PW's Mission to Teach Life-Changing Skills to Adults
Thanks to the generous support of The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and United Way of the National Capital Area, LVA-PW will be able to expand its program, providing job readiness and computer skills to more adults, helping them to obtain jobs and move ahead in the workforce. Each of these organizations awarded $10,000 grants to LVA-PW, allowing us to provide even more opportunities to the over 700 adults we serve each year, empowering them through increased literacy skills. Our sincere thanks to both The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia and United Way of the National Capital Area for their confidence and support!
Annual Bell Ringing Fundraiser- A Hugely Successful Event
Thanks to the many volunteers who took time out of their busy holiday schedules to ring bells for literacy, our 2014 Bell Ringing Fundraiser was a big success. We appreciate the efforts of all those who helped, especially our Board Members. Their support and leadership was outstanding. This fundraiser and all the other generous support we receive from so many areas within the community makes it possible for us to serve even more adults in Prince William County and help them achieve their life goals through increased literacy skills. Thanks to all who helped with this initiative, raising over $6,000 for the literacy program!
Holiday Open House-Kicking Off the Holidays in Style
Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William held its Second Annual Holiday Open House at the office on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The many students and volunteers who attended enjoyed a wide variety of holiday and ethnic dishes and just enjoyed each other's company. One of the most amazing parts of our program is the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from all around the world. The event was made even more special by the fact that each of our classrooms was named after people who founded the organization and were instrumental in making the program a reality. The classroom designations were unveiled at the Open House and most of the honorees were able to attend either the Open House or a separate celebration the following week. The honorees included: Dona Swanson, the founder of LVA-PW; Lynn and George Kerr and Barbara and Edward Ball, who have also been part of the organization since its inception; and Janet Sorlin-Davis who came on board shortly after LVA-PW was up and running. The effort made by these individuals to develop such a critical program is amazing and we are so proud to honor them in this way. Lynn and George Kerr and Barbara and Edward Ball are still actively involved in the program after 23 years and Ms. Swanson and Ms. Sorlin-Davis are still very involved in promoting literacy throughout our community. Our thanks and congratulations go out to all of them-they are true heroes in our eyes.
LVA-PW Founder, Dona Swanson
Thank you Wells Fargo Foundation!
Our community partners at the Wells Fargo Foundation recently awarded LVA-PW a generous $5,000 grant to support our adult literacy program. We proudly serve the literacy needs of over 700 adults in our community each year and rely on the support of partners like Wells Fargo. Their grant will enable us to expand our program services and enhance our job readiness and workforce literacy classes. In 2015, we will continue incorporating technology into our classroom and one-on-one instruction with the use of new laptop computers. Wells Fargo understands improved literacy and computer skills will help our adult learners secure jobs, support their families and become self-sufficient. We will be introducing new classes this spring thanks to the generous support of our friends at the Wells Fargo Foundation. We appreciate their continued commitment to educating and empowering adults through education and job readiness learning opportunities. Thank you Wells Fargo Foundation, on behalf of our 700+ adult learners and their families!
Annual Ice Cream Social is a Huge Success
The LVA-PW Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 18, 2014 was a resounding success. Close to 150 people, including students, community supporters, tutors, other volunteers, and friends and guests celebrated the hard work and achievements of everyone in the program. After a social time where everyone enjoyed ice cream cakes and other goodies, there were inspiring talks by our Board President, Ken Ikeda, Executive Director, Dr. Vicki Gross and three of our students: Abdul Mohammed, Diana Deleon, and Mohsanah Hajigurban. The students shared how the Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William program has helped them achieve milestones in their lives and encouraged everyone in attendance to continue to strive for their own dreams and goals of everyone in the program. After a social time where everyone enjoyed ice cream cakes and other goodies, there were inspiring talks by our Board President, Ken Ikeda, Executive Director, Dr. Vicki Gross, and three of our students: Abdul Mohammed, Diana DeLeon, and Mohsanah Hajigurban. The students shared how the Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William program has helped them achieve milestones in their lives and encouraged everyone in attendance to continue to strive for their dreams and goals. Following the talks, seven 5 years of service awards were given out. Special awards to Students of the Year went to Rut Amdemeskal and Iftikhar Haq. Davine Irving and Linda Mazzucchi received awards as our Tutors of the Year and Ernestine Jenkins, an LVA-PW board member and driving force in the community was honored as LVA-PW’s Volunteer of the Year for 2014. These individuals were also honored by having their names along with the LVA-PW program listed in the Congressional Record thanks to Congressman Gerald Connolly. Everyone who attended left the event with a sense of pride, increased motivation and inspiration.
Critical Support Makes a Difference
Community and corporate support are critical to the fulfillment of the mission of every non-profit organization. Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William is very fortunate to have dedicated and generous supporters who enable us to continue helping adults achieve their life goals through increased literacy skills. Our thanks go out to the Gannett Foundation and Northrop Grumman ECHO for their recent donations and continued support! We appreciate your commitment to education and literacy!
Change a Life and Become a Tutor!
Would you like to become a volunteer literacy tutor and help an adult in your community learn to read? Then sign up for the next Tutor Training Workshop (TTWS)!
LVA-PW is a non-profit serving Prince William County. Our organization offers free tutoring to adults who seek to improve their literacy skills. If you would like to become a volunteer literacy tutor, you must attend both training sessions of a TTWS to become a certified literacy tutor.
There is a one-time $35.00 registration fee which covers professional training and certification, textbook and other workshop materials. Our next Tutor Training Workshop is July 11, 2015 (8:45 am-4 pm) and July 25, 2015 (9 am-noon). The deadline to register for this workshop is Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Participants are STRONGLY URGED to observe a class before completing workshop. To download the registration form, please click here. You are also welcome to call the office: (703) 670-5702 or email the LVA-PW staff: email@example.com. You'll be glad you did!
Food for Thought-A Taste of Prince William Fundraiser a Huge Success
Many thanks to all the people and businesses who made The First Annual LVA-PW Food for Thought Dinner and Trivia Night a resounding success. On Wednesday, June 4 over 230 people gathered at VFW Post 1503 on Minnieville Road in Dale City, Virginia for a fun-filled evening. The VFW kindly donated the use of the hall and provided beverages. Over 38 restaurants donated delicious samplings of their best menu items and everyone found both favorite items and new dishes to taste.
No large event would be possible without the generosity of enthusiastic sponsors. We are very fortunate to have businesses and organizations throughout Prince William County and the surrounding area that understand the need for adult literacy services and are supportive of our program. These sponsors are an integral part of our success in helping adults reach their life goals through increased literacy skills. We appreciate their commitment, support, and community spirit. Our main sponsors included:
Gold Sponsor- Silver Sponsor-
Many people gave generously of their time and provided fantastic items which added value and enjoyment to the evening. Big hits in that department included the 18 fabulous raffle baskets filled with wonderful goodies contributed by many individuals and businesses. Winners of the raffle baskets and of the generous door prizes provided by more LVA-PW supporters had an extra reason to leave he event with a smile.
Another well received activity was the Trivia Contest. Led by one of our board members, guests at each table pitted their skill and knowledge of trivia (all linked to LVA-PW in some way) against other tables and had a great time doing it. Not only did everyone get to test their trivia IQ, but they were able to make new friends in the process.
The event would not have taken place and been such a success without all those who made donations, purchased tickets, donated in-kind items, and devoted many hours of their time doing anything that was required from selling tickets to making lovely decorations to setting up and doing clean-up duty. Please click here for a list of other individuals and businesses that helped make the event a success.
We are very grateful to all our attendees including sponsors, board members, students, tutors, and other volunteers. Without you all we could not have enjoyed such a marvelous event and without you we would not be able to offer services to over 675 adults in the Prince William County area, assisting them in meeting their life goals through increased literacy skills.
Please continue to support the local businesses that sponsor LVA-PW and participate in this amazing program personally whenever you can.
Bank of America Continues Their Support of Literacy Volunteers
Corporate partners are a critical and integral part of the LVA-PW family. Their generosity ensures the day to day operation of the program. With that in mind, we are very grateful to Bank of America for continuing their support with a recent $5,000 grant. This funding is indicative of the spirit of community and dedication to services that are hallmarks of Bank of America's organization. Many thanks to them for the support!
Special Thanks to Other Donors and Partners
The success of every
non-profit organization is based upon the dedication and hard work of the
program participants and the support they receive from the community. We have
been very fortunate to have received a fantastic amount of support from
individuals, corporate entities and community groups over the almost 23 years
that LVA-PW has been serving adults in
Prince William County and that outpouring of support continues. With that in
mind, LVA-PW wishes to thank all of the following for their generosity: The
Community Foundation of Northern Virginia and United Way of the National
Capital Area (of which we are a proud member) for the $10,000 grants that
they each provided; The Philip L. Graham Fund for the $25,000 grant they
provided for technology and software needs; and Wells Fargo and Virginia
Literacy Foundation for their loyal and generous support of our program. We are
also very fortunate to have the continued loyal support of the following:
Prince William County Government, Northrop Grumman ECHO, NOVEC, and WalMart
Store #1852 in Woodbridge, WalMart Store # 3573 in Manassas, and WalMart Store
#3588 in Dumfries. Their commitment to our work and the community is wonderful
and we are very grateful! These generous donors have recently been joined by
other supporters of the LVA-PW mission including: S.W.I.F.T, and the Phi Kappa
Zeta Sorority's local chapter. All of these groups have made significant
contributions to further the mission of LVA-PW allowing us to continue with
ESL, GED and Citizenship Classes as well as 1:1 tutoring and to look to the
future with even more programs that will make literacy a reality in the lives
of our adult learners. Many thanks to all of them!
Fall Citizenship Class at Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William
Are you preparing to take the citizenship exam or do you know someone who is? We have the class for you! The LVA-PW citizenship class is back by popular demand. The class will be offered on Monday evenings this fall (September). You must be registered in our program and have a current assessment at intermediate level or above on file. The class has limited enrollment so contact our office before August 1 to learn more about the class or to schedule a registration appointment. Our telephone number is 703-670-5702.
September 2012 Community Focus with Supervisor John Jenkins and Dr. Vicki Gross of LVA- PW
LVA-PW Executive Director, Dr. Vicki Gross discusses LVA-PW's history, purpose and role in the Prince William County community in an interview with Prince William County's Neabsco District Supervisor, John Jenkins.
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Do You Need English Classes? Or a Reading Tutor?
It's never too late to make a new start! LVA-PW would love to help you achieve your literacy-related goals! A variety of classes for English, GED and pre-GED, citizenship, and reading and writing are offered, as well as one-on-one tutoring. There is a one-time assessment fee of $40 (effective 7/29/13) to get started in our program. To schedule an assessment, please call our office today at 703-670-5702. The LVA-PW staff looks forward to hearing from you and talking with you about how we can help you meet your goals!
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4326 Dale Blvd.
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone (703) 670-5702
Fax (703) 583-0703
Hours: 10-4 Mon-Thurs 10-1 Fri
TUTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP
September 19, 2015 & October 3, 2015
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