November is Nonprofit Awareness Month!

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November is Nonprofit Awareness Month, and the NC Center for Nonprofits wants you to spread the word about all the good things nonprofits do for your state and community.

Did you know that nonprofits comprise more than 10% of all private sector employment in the country, accounting for 11.4 million employees according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics? In fact, if the nonprofit sector were a country, it would have the seventh largest economy in the world.

Here are 5 things your can do to boost awareness of and appreciation for nonprofits (courtesy of Unemployment Services Trust):

  • Share. Support nonprofit awareness via social media. Try simply sharing stories and images about a nonprofit you work for or volunteer with using Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and other platforms.
  • Volunteer. Get directly involved in the success of local nonprofits and share your experiences with others.
  • Give. Find a charity you care about, make a donation and encourage others to give. And don’t forget, your donation is typically tax deductible! The Association of Fundraising Professionals provides these 5 P’s of Wise Giving.
  • Learn. Find out 7 myths about nonprofits that you may not have known.  
  • Advocate. Find your elected officials online and make your cause known. Write them a letter, email or call them and take your messages and concerns to them.

 

 

 

Immigrant Runs Own Business and Earns Citizenship

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Tutor and her student, a proud new US citizen

When Gloria Aranda came to Craven Literacy Council in 2007 with a high school certificate from her native Colombia, her oral English abilities were sufficient only to satisfy basic survival needs and very routine social demands. She appealed to CLC for help communicating effectively so that she could be involved at her daughter’s school, participate in her church, find employment, and ultimately become a US citizen. Three years later Gloria’s oral skills had increased so much that she could function independently and competently in social and work situations. She is now actively involved with her daughter’s schooling and is comfortable interacting with her daughter’s counselor. Gloria understands the English sermons at her church and sings the hymns in English.

Not only did Gloria get a job – she started her own small business. Her enhanced English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills permit her to communicate with her customers by telephone and face-to-face. Gloria also worked with her tutor to learn computer and technology skills that many take for granted. She now communicates with her customers via e-mail and creates professional invoices using her new skills. Gloria celebrates other achievements such as knowing how to write checks and deposit slips as well as using the internet to check her bank account online.

Gloria continues to work with a literacy tutor at Craven Literacy Council. In 2015 she met a long-held goal of passing the naturalization test and becoming a United States citizen. She and her tutor worked diligently with the civics material provided to her free of charge. She completed her application and went through the multi-step process to becoming a US citizen. In a recent communication with CLC Gloria wrote, “My experience has been wonderful because now I can communicate better in whatever place I go. ” Craven Literacy Council celebrates Gloria’s hard work. We are thankful to be part of her success story.

Mumfest 2015

mumsCraven Literacy Council had a booth at Mumfest in downtown New Bern on Oct. 10th and 11th.  Thank you to all — staff, Board members, tutors and volunteers — who gave a part of their weekend  to promote our services. It is always great to be out there getting to know our community.  We enjoyed seeing everyone who stopped by despite the damp weather.

Below, some images from Mumfest 2015:

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Board member Glenn Clairmont and successful learner Earl Mills, now a published author
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Learning for Life can be fun and rewarding
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Smiling volunteers love Craven Literacy Council!