Happy Thanksgiving

Happy ThanksgivingWe here at Craven Literacy Council have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving :

  • Our amazing adult learners who work hard each week to improve their literacy skills and their lives
  • Our wonderful volunteers who give generously of their time to work with area adults who are trying to better themselves through literacy
  • Our dedicated staff who coordinate all the learners and tutors, equipping them with the best in adult education practices
  • This wonderfully supportive community in which we live

Thank you all for helping make our little part of eastern North Carolina a better place for all of us. Join us in giving thanks this week!

ProLiteracy Awareness Campaign

ProLiteracy is expanding its efforts to spread awareness about adult literacy. On Sunday, November 8, The New York Times featured an adult literacy ad in the “Giving” section, a special section dedicated to philanthropy. This issue of The New York Times was distributed nationally to more than 1.2 million people through subscriptions and at newsstands.

See the ProLiteracy NY Times ad here.

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.

CLC Staff Attends Proliteracy Conference

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CLC Staffers learn at conference

CLC practices it’s tag line “Learning for Life” every day. On October 14-17 four staff members were in Charleston, SC to attend the annual Proliteracy Conference. From left to right: Carol McCormick, instructional services coordinator; April King, outreach coordinator; Cathy Weiss, student services coordinator; Debi Lupia, certified trainer and instructor.

The conference in 2015 focused on adult literacy and basic education issues. The event was brimming with speakers and workshops that helped attendees discover new tools and strategies, implement dynamic programming and enhance leadership skills, all while engaging with peers from other literacy organizations of all types and sizes.

The CLC group tweeted these highlights for the  #proliteracyconference: discussion with funders panel, importance of digital literacy, and author, poet, former student Earl Mills speaking.

Everyone agreed that they would be bringing lots of new ideas back to New Bern.

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!

CLC Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

plate of pastaTonight staff celebrates our wonderful Craven Literacy Council tutors and volunteers at a traditional pasta dinner. It’s our turn to work for all the volunteers who themselves work so tirelessly to help adults in our community build better literacy skills.

Every year we all have fun on a special evening in September. Volunteers and guests (students, spouses, friends) enjoy camaraderie around the dining table filled with salad, pasta and dessert served up by CLC staff.

During dessert CLC staff acknowledges all volunteers for the hours they have given during the year, with special certificates going to those who have logged more than 100 hours in the year.

We love out volunteers!

National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

aefllogo2015The National Coalition for Literacy marks National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week each year to raise awareness of adult education and family literacy. This year #AEFLWeek is September 21-26.

Life is the 21st century relies on technology, moves at the lightning speed of technology:

  • Job applications are online.
  • Teachers email home instructions to parents.
  • Doctors and hospitals keep electronic health records.
  • Retail coupons are sent to smartphones.

Imagine navigating your daily life with low literacy skills!

Too many adults in our community and across our nation lack the skills they need to get and keep a job, support their families, and succeed in life. Improved literacy can change lives. Here at Craven Literacy Council we offer free, confidential, individualized instruction to adults of Craven County who want help with reading, writing, computing and using technology. We work everyday to put more people on the path to self-sufficiency and success.

Visit the National Coalition for Literacy website to learn more about #AEFLWeek.