Welcome to LVA-PW!




CVC #8019


Our Mission
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. 

    LVA-PW Founder, Dona Swanson  


 Annual Bell Ringing Fundraiser!

It’s that time of year!  As the holidays approach, LVA-PW’s Board of Directors will be sponsoring its annual bell-ringing fundraiser.   All for a very worthy cause!  Starting Black Friday through December 19 (Fridays and Saturdays only), we need volunteers to ring bells for two hour shifts at one of the four local ABC Stores to support our award-winning adult literacy organization.  This year, we’d like to make it a bit more interesting with a healthy competition going on between the teams. Our team captains hail from the four branches of the U.S. military!  Team George is the Marine Corps team (Semper Fi!) ringing at The Shops at County Center.  Team Charles is the Army team (Rangers lead the way! Go Army!) ringing at Cheshire Station.  Team Ken represents the Navy team (Go Navy!) ringing at The Glen Shopping Center.  Team Laura is the Air Force team (and representing military wives) ringing at Fortuna Village Shopping Center; Aim High Team Laura!  These four volunteers give an incredible amount of time to our organization; filling the bell ringing slots to keep the four sites covered is a challenge.  We’re asking you to consider helping out and support their efforts for our organization.  If you have a favorite branch of the military, join that team! (No push-ups will be required.)  If you haven’t volunteered recently, we welcome you back to help us in our fundraising event.  Call the office today for details of the available shifts and locations to ring.  (You can also “buy a bucket” if you’d prefer to stay inside and drink hot chocolate; we ask for $100 for a bucket or $50 for a half bucket.) YOU are LVA-PW and we greatly appreciate your many contributions!  

 Change a Life and Become a Tutor!

LVA-PW is an award winning adult literacy organization proudly serving Prince William County residents for over 24 years.  As the largest adult literacy non-profit in the county, our organization offers tuition-free tutoring to adults who seek to improve their literacy skills with classroom and individual tutoring opportunities. If you would like to become a volunteer tutor, and make a difference in our community, you must attend both training days of a Tutor Training Workshop session to become a certified literacy tutor. 

Our next Tutor Training Workshop is January 9 (8:45 am-4:00 pm) and January 23 (9:00 am-noon).  The deadline to register for this workshop is the Wednesday before the first training date. Participants are STRONGLY URGED to observe a class before completing the 10-hour workshop. To download the registration form, please click on the link in the right side margin of our website marked "Download Registration Form here".  For more information, please call our office: (703) 670-5702 or email the LVA-PW staff: lvapw@aol.com.  You'll be glad you did!

We are excited to welcome the most recent group of newly trained literacy volunteers to the LVA-PW team!  A warm welcome goes out to: Vincent Carag, Ann Kwon, Susan Sherwood, Vicki Lloyd, Judith Charles, Deirdre Norton, Alex Lintot, and Kelley Studholme.  We look forward to working with them and helping more adults achieve their goals through increased literacy skills.


                                                            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/pre-GED, citizenship, conversation, reading and writing are offered, as well as one-on-one tutoring.  There is a one-time assessment fee of $40 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!

                                                                             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 (starting in September) from 6:00-8:00 pm. The class has limited enrollment so contact our office today to make your registration appointment and learn more about this program. Our telephone number is 703-670-5702.

 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. 

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of this year's awards for Best Tutors, Students, and Volunteers

LVA-PW honored our students and volunteers at our annual ice cream social and awards' ceremony on September 15, 2015.  Many thanks go out to the Hillendale Fire Hall (Station 13) in Dale City for the use of their spacious reception facility. Over 200 people attended the annual recognition event including students, volunteer tutors, community leaders, friends, families, and guests.  They celebrated the hard work and achievements of everyone in the program.  There were speeches by Board President Ken Ikeda, Executive Director Deborah Abbott, and two students Iftikhar  Haq and Young Joon Pak.  The students gave testimonials about how the LVA-PW program is helping them achieve their learning goals and they encouraged  everyone in attendance to continue to strive for their dreams.  Five year service awards were given to volunteers Dee Dee Scott, Marion Todaro, Diana Figula, Wanda Beasley, and Sara Fink.  The Student of the Year award recipients were Rahila Ahmed and Elija B.  Tutor of the Year award recipients were Sonia Hoehn, Charles Stokes, and Joe Schu.  The Volunteer of the Year award recipient was Laura Ellis. The award winners were also honored by having their names along with the LVA-PW program, listed in the Congressional Record thanks to Congressman Gerald Connolly, with a special thank you to Briana Sewell who represented Congressman Connolly at the event.  LVA-PW is making a difference in our community with the generosity of our volunteers and dedicated students!  

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).

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!                                                  

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!


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!


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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!


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.

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 since 1991 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!  




September 2012 Community Focus with Supervisor John Jenkins and Dr. Vicki Gross of LVA- PW

In 2012 former LVA-PW Executive Director, Dr. Gross discussed 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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4326 Dale Blvd.
Suite 6
Woodbridge, VA 22193


Phone (703) 670-5702
Fax (703) 583-0703

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January 9, 2016
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 January 23, 2016

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