Winter 2021 Letter from LCNV’s Executive Director



What a year it’s been! It’s hard to believe the fall semester is over and we are approaching the end of the year - a time of gratitude, reflection, and celebration. This fall, LCNV registered nearly 500 people in our online and in-person classes and we are extremely proud of all of our learners whose devotion to changing their lives has never ceased, despite the hardships they may be facing at this time.

We are also thankful to everyone who has shown us support this year, whether it be through volunteering or making a donation - each one of you has helped make a difference in your community.

In this newsletter, we want to share some recent changes and feature a unique addition to our beginning English programming, virtual mini classes that we’ve recently developed for Afghan immigrants in need of immediate assistance and access to vital resources. The ability to read, write, speak, and understand English is essential for low-income, beginning-level English learning immigrants to access information, manage their health, and support their families, which is why we are so incredibly thankful to our instructors, volunteers and class aides who have dedicated great amounts of time and extra attention to providing the highest quality of instruction to our learners. Each year, they go above and beyond to get to know their students and tailor instruction to their individual needs, which is why we want to spotlight an instructor that we absolutely love for her inspiring commitment and contributions to LCNV, Jackie Corkins! The way she combines her skills and experiences to enhance her classes has been inspiring to witness. Since our inception in 1962, LCNV’s instructors and volunteers have been dedicated to keeping our learners’ best interests in mind, allowing for us to remain at the forefront of adult literacy education in the United States. If you are interested in becoming a part of the team, please see our upcoming ESOL instructor training dates or visit our website's 'Work with Us' page to see what other positions are available. It is now more important than ever that we offer our learners the support they need to thrive in an ever-changing environment- see the latest ways to give and support our cause!

At LCNV, we are especially looking forward to 2022, as it marks the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia’s 60th Anniversary! We look forward to taking the time to reflect on and celebrate this special organization and all we have accomplished together. Stay tuned for upcoming special events and announcements as we approach this great milestone. In the meantime, have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Warmest Regards,

Roopal Saran