Loudoun Literacy Council

Loudoun Literacy Council


This THURSDAY! ✨ We are thrilled to celebrate our Community Leadership Awards finalists at our Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards 2022 at Lansdowne Resort. We hope you'll join us. Congratulate the finalists, and register here: https://www.loudounchamber.org/events/annual-meeting/

🔹Young Professionals category:
- Zack Carpenter, Leadership Loudoun
- Kindra Dionne, Purpose WorX
- Monti Mercer, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
- Chrystina Nguyen, Rhythmic Technologies, Inc.

🔹Executive Leader Award category:
- Paul Bice, BCT-The Community's Bank
- Tina Johnson, CEO Consulting Group LLC
- Susan Mitchell, Guardians of Honor, LLC
- Bruce Rahmani, Falcon Heating & Air Conditioning

🔹Small Business category:
- Road Runner Wrecker Service
- CEO Consulting Group, LLC
- The Fitness Equation
- You've Got Maids of Northern Virginia

🔹Large Business category:
- BCT – The Community’s Bank
- Belmont Country Club
- Google
- Northwest Federal Credit Union

🔹Nonprofit Executive category:
- Nikki Daruwala, Loudoun Literacy Council
- Lisa Kimball, The Arc of Loudoun
- Valerie Pisierra, Loudoun Cares
- Nene Spivy, Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation
@loudounliteracycouncil Join me in promoting diverse children's literature on Read With Carylee Day! 2-22-22

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Would you like to learn how to talk with your doctor or other medical professionals? Join Loudoun Literacy Council at Sterling Library for these classes!
Congratulations to the 2022 Grant Recipients! ✨ The Loudoun Chamber Foundation has awarded at total of $32,000 in grants to eight Loudoun nonprofits to support their work in our community.
🔹 A Farm Less Ordinary;🔹 Crossroads Jobs; 🔹 ECHO;🔹 LAWS Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter/Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services; 🔹 Loudoun Education Foundation;🔹 Loudoun Habitat for Humanity;🔹 Loudoun Literacy Council. Read the full press release: https://business.loudounchamber.org/news/details/loudoun-chamber-foundation-awards-a-total-of-32-000-in-grants-to-eight-loudoun-nonprofits-to-suppo

Learn more about the Loudoun Chamber Foundation: https://www.loudounchamber.org/foundation/
We wanted to send out a big THANK YOU to Loudoun Literacy Council for the outdoor Story Walk and new books they provided to all of the children in our Early Learning Program!
We're thrilled to announce the impressive finalists for our 2022 Community Leadership Awards, which will take place on January 21, 2022. 🏆 Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: Signature Sponsor Inova Loudoun Hospital; Platinum Sponsors BCT-The Community's Bank, Toth Financial Advisory Corp., and Backflow Technology LLC, as well as our incoming Chair of the Board Shawn Mitchell with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning of Northern Virginia.

🔹Young Professionals category finalists:
• Zack Carpenter, Leadership Loudoun
• Kindra Dionne, Purpose WorX
• Monti Mercer, HHMI Janelia Research Campus
• Chrystina Nguyen, Rhythmic Technologies, Inc.

🔹Executive Leader Award category finalists:
• Paul Bice, BCT-The Community's Bank
• Tina Johnson, CEO Consulting Group LLC
• Susan Mitchell, Guardians of Honor
• Bruce Rahmani, Falcon Heating & Air Conditioning

🔹Small Business category finalists:
• Road Runner Wrecker Service
• CEO Consulting Group, LLC
• The Fitness Equation
• You've Got Maids of Northern Virginia

🔹Large Business category finalists:
• BCT - The Community’s Bank
• Belmont Country Club
• Google
• Northwest Federal Credit Union

🔹Nonprofit Executive category finalists:
• Nikki Daruwala, Loudoun Literacy Council
• Lisa Kimball, The Arc of Loudoun
• Valerie Pisierra, Loudoun Cares
• Nene Spivy, Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation

We invite you to join us for our Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards on Friday, January 21, 2022 at The National Conference Center where we will celebrate and announce the winners. Info on tickets & sponsorships: https://www.loudounchamber.org/events/annual-meeting/
It’s #ThankfulThursday and we are so grateful to our volunteers who have consistently served every week since March 2020 at Sugarland ES serving our neighbors in need. Through all kinds of weather, they’ve showed up and served with dignity and kindness.
Today our friends from HealthWorks for Northern Virginia and Loudoun Literacy Council were also with us. Special thanks to Supervisor Juli Briskman and her staff for helping today too. #Thankful for this community. #neighborshelpingneighbors #loveloudoun
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that builds off the power of social media and collaboration. Join us today!

Here's a list of amazing charities and non-profits we work with and/or support if you need inspiration for giving:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation www.ccfa.org
The Ryan Bartel Foundation www.ryanbartelfoundation.org
Mobile Hope www.mobile-hope.org
Serve Our Willing Warriors - SOWW www.willingwarriors.org
The Chris Atwood Foundation www.chrisatwoodfoundation.org
Dulles South Food Pantry www.dsfp.org
Loudoun Museum www.loudounmuseum.org
Loudoun Literacy Council www.loudounliteracy.org
The Arc of Loudoun www.thearcofloudoun.org
Loudoun Cares www.loudouncares.org

#givingtuesday #givingback #inspiration #charity #nonprofit
We're looking forward to tomorrow's conversation with county leaders, including the Loudoun Literacy Council and President and CEO British A. Robinson on improving economic mobility through adult literacy with the National Association of Counties. Register now!
Loudoun, this past weekend the Loudoun Literacy Council held its annual "Not Your Kids Spelling Bee" event. LLC is committed to reaching every Loudoun resident who is in need of reading comprehension and/or ESL needs. The event raised funds for LLC, and was so much fun.
On October 15th, JustTech supported the Loudoun Literacy Council's annual fundraiser: NOT Your Kid’s Spelling Bee. The event was held at The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. The Bee is an evening of dinner, refreshments, networking, a raffle prize and a silent auction – Plus a friendly spelling and trivia competition!
Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) held a fun, fall event to encourage the love of reading and our Claude Moore Community Builders were there to help! Book walks, crafts based on children's books, a magician, free books, and more!
LLC offers great programs that foster literacy for adults & kids. Check out their website to learn more!


Loudoun Literacy Council is a community based literacy organization. Loudoun Literacy Council is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving literacy in Loudoun County, VA.

We are the only community-based literacy organization in the county providing both adult and family services and have served the community for 40 years.

Operating as usual

Buzzed at the Bee Returns to Trungo's - Loudoun Now 06/10/2022

Buzzed at the Bee Returns to Trungo's - Loudoun Now

Buzzed at the Bee 🐝 trivia night’s are back! Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for trivia and cheer at Trungo's Restaurant with host Renss Greene of Loudoun Now!

Buzzed at the Bee Returns to Trungo's - Loudoun Now Buzzed at the Bee, the Loudoun Literacy Council’s grown-up spelling bee and trivia night, returned after a two-year pandemic hiatus

Photos from Loudoun Literacy Council's post 06/10/2022

This week is Health Appreciation Week!

Teaching kids the importance of good hygiene while encouraging them to explore is more important than ever! During National Health Appreciation Week we encourage everyone to have fun playing and exploring the world around us! Join Ruthie as she and her classmates learn how to avoid becoming sick after a classmate returns to class after staying home while he was sick. Learning to keep yourself clean supports good community health!

It's a good time to remind you that June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month! With so many fun locations in Virginia, Maryland and of course, the National Zoo in DC, plan a fun daytrip to some of the best of the best. Remember to follow your good healthy habits after petting the animals and sea life at aquariums and zoos on your trips!

June 10th is National Donut Day!

Who doesn’t love a good donut on National Donut Day! But what is a middle school Muslim girl to do when Donut Day falls in the holy month of Ramadan? It will take confidence to empower this young girl to successfully navigate the dilemma in choosing between friendship and values. Author Mariam Quaizar’s story, based on real life events, is beautifully illustrated by Zahra Alebooyeh. Together they have created a fun, positive, and educational way to help us all learn about Ramadan and fasting.

Explore more cultural experiences with an audiobook! They’re easy to check out from Loudoun County Public Library and a great way to listen on the go! Give it a try during June- National Audiobook Appreciation Month. Loudoun County has a great public library system with really helpful librarians to assist if you need a quick tutorial!

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Thank you to the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia for the generous grant from the Community Investment Fund to support our programs providing basic language, life, and professional skills to non-English speaking residents. We are grateful for your support!

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Buzzed at the Bee is tomorrow June 9th from 7-9pm at Trungo's

Join host Renss Greene of Loudoun Now to test your knowledge of spelling, acronyms, geography, and more! Compete for prizes or just join in the fun and help raise awareness and funds for Loudoun Literacy Council!

Tickets: $20 (includes a drink) at the door or advance purchase at: app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LoudounLiteracyCouncilInc/buzzedbee.html

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Meet Pilar Lorca! Pilar has served as Vice Chair of the Loudoun Literacy Council Board of Directors since 2020. She is the president and CEO of Fitness4EveryBody and is a well-known figure in the Loudoun Community.

Literacy is very important to Pilar because, as an immigrant, she knows personally how important it is to learn the language, not only to be able to communicate, but to better our lives in this country or in any country we live, for that matter. This understanding and passion are of great value to the literacy work of Loudoun Literacy Council. Pilar views it as an honor to serve on the Loudoun Literacy Council board to help others since she has walked the rough road of learning a new language.

She was born and raised in Colombia, South America. With English as a second language, she came to the U.S. 30 years ago and after becoming a single mother of two very young children, she embarked on a new career in health and fitness.

In 2003 Pilar founded her own company; Fitness4EveryBody. Over the past 20 years she has proven her ability to develop and grow a successful business through her passion for helping others and establishing powerful connections as well as drawing on her networking ability.

Pilar attended Cambridge University, UK and earned a Bachelor Degree in Languages.

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It’s National Bicycle Day!

Come along for the ride with a father and daughter as they journey through the process of getting a bike and learning to ride it. This easy-to-follow text is accompanied by expressive pictures that tell the tale of that first triumph of a successful bike ride! True to life, there is learning to get back up and try again to taste the sweet success of learning to ride a bike!

Share this book with a little one who is ready to ride a bike and needs some encouragement in knowing that we can learn to fall and get back up again!

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Buzzed at the Bee is BACK!

Please join Loudoun Literacy with host Renss Greene of @loudounnow Thursday, June 9th at @Trungos for a night of trivia to test your wits with spelling, local lore, and geography!

Proceeds from this event help Loudoun Literacy continue to provide free adult and family literacy services to over 2500 people in Loudoun County each year!

Tickets: $20 (includes a drink) at the door or advance purchase at: app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LoudounLiteracyCouncilInc/buzzedbee.html

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Loudoun Literacy Council is looking for a volunteer teacher to teach beginner level English conversation classes for a winery in Leesburg.

The class will be held once a week for 12 weeks on either a Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday @ 4:00pm. The classes are looking to start in late June or early July.

If interested, please contact our Jobsite program assistant, Amishi Bhagat, at [email protected].

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Are you looking to volunteer this summer and/ or in the fall?

Loudoun Literacy is excited to offer a FREE virtual Teacher Training via Zoom on Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This training is open to anyone that is interested in volunteering with us in any of our adult literacy programs. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know your community and is such a unique and rewarding experience.

No teaching experience is necessary. We will provide all resources needed. Volunteers must be 18+.

If interested, please register via our website: loudounliteracy.org or use your smartphone to scan the QR to access the registration form. Once registered, you will be sent the zoom link to your email.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Rebecca Caldwell, Adult Literacy Program Director, at [email protected]

Photos from Loudoun Literacy Council's post 05/27/2022

It’s Don’t Fry Day! With June just around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to take a trip to the beach or to the local pool.

While putting on sunscreen can feel like a nuisance, it’s important to protect your skin before taking advantage of the summer sun. Otherwise, you risk getting a nasty sunburn! “Molly Doesn’t Want to Wear Sun Lotion!” by Kat Arksey is the perfect book to share with your children; like Molly, they may be averse to wearing sunscreen and could use some help understanding why they need to wear it anyway.
If your summer excursions involve long car rides, then look no further than “Road Trip Games and Activities for Kids” by Catherine Ryan Gregory. From classics like 20 questions to new favorites like “Nickel Scenery,” you and your family will be busy solving riddles and spinning stories for miles.

May is also Latino Books Month! Many Spanish-speaking countries celebrate important holidays this month. Here are a few books to learn more about these countries’ interesting histories: “Cinco De Mayo” (written and illustrated by Ella May Woodman) helps younger readers (from 0-7) learn about the origins of Cinco de Mayo, when Mexico defeated France in 1862.

“Martí’s Song for Freedom” (written by Emma Otheguy and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal) tells the story of Jose Martí’s role in Cuba’s fight for independence from Spain. Cuba celebrates its independence from Spain on October 10 and their independence from the United States on May 20th. For readers ages 7-10.

“Spotlight on Argentina” (written by Bobbie Kalman) is the perfect book for readers ages 7-10 interested in learning more about the second largest country in South America. Argentina commemorates its May Day Revolution on May 25 each year.

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On this we say thank you to BENEFIT for your generous grant to help us expand our Family Literacy programs to at-risk youth in Loudoun County. Your commitment to lifting up the lives of all people in our community is deeply appreciated.

Congratulations to all the nonprofit grant recipients including INMED Partnerships for Children, NAMI, Just Neighbors, Bridle Paths, and BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters.

Thank you for continuing to make Loudoun a better place for all people!

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Our first FREE Financial Literacy class starts tonight from 7-9pm! The first class will meet online via Zoom. You will find the link to the class below. Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone that might be interested. We look forward to you joining us to learn more about budgeting and banking!

Zoom Link:

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Loudoun Literacy Council is offering a FREE online Citizenship Exam Prep Class. The class will teach the history behind the interview questions while improving English skills. It will also offer an opportunity to gain a better understanding of U.S. culture. The class will run for 8 weeks from June 28th - August 16th from 7-9pm. For more information, visit our website www.loudounliteracy.org.

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Loudoun Literacy Council is offering a FREE GED Prep Class starting Tuesday June 7th through July 26th from 7-9pm. The class will review Math, Social Studies, Language Arts and Science. It will be held at Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place in Potomac Falls VA. For more information or to register, visit our website www.loudounliteracy.org

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Loudoun Literacy Council participated in the Family Resource Fair at Guilford Elementary in Sterling on Friday May 6th. We were happy to share books and provide information about our Adult and Family literacy programs, including English Language Learning, Citizenship and GED Prep classes.

Our Story

Since 1980, Loudoun Literacy Council has been providing low-income adults and children with the literacy proficiency, communications skills, and personal confidence to not only attain self-sufficiency but also thrive in Loudoun County. We recruit and train volunteers to teach adults, both native speakers and speakers of other languages, to read, write, speak, and understand English. We also provide early literacy enrichment for at-risk preschool children and children who reside in our local homeless shelters, while supporting their parents as their child's first teacher. Our classes and programs are available to all who reside or work in Loudoun County.

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