Wednesday, November 25, 2020

On behalf of the Board members of the Diablo Valley Literacy Council

We hope this letter finds you well and that the changes and adaptions this year have brought you through to a better place.

DVLC Board members are meeting virtually. Faced with challenges of the times, we continue to operate much the same though using different methods. This year DVLC welcomed new board members and we continue to maintain a list of interested ESL students as well as recruiting new tutors. Although the tutors and students miss seeing each other in person, they are happy to continue the learning experience with online conferencing.

In the same vein, DVLC video conference keeps the organization moving forward with everyone collaborating and on track with a virtual tutor training orientation in the works and scheduled for February 27 and March 6, 2021. 

 Folks at home seeking a community connection need not wait for the virtual tutor training -- just hop online to the DVLC website at www.dvlc4esl.org  to see what's happening This year there are new member opportunities. Key positions include Student/Tutor Coordinator and Workshop Training Resistrar.

 Thank you for your past support and as we go forward, we wish you and your loved ones safety and wellness now and throughout the upcoming holiday season.

 Looking forward to the new year and renewed beginnings.

Loretta M. Morrison

DVLC Publicity 

 

 

Monday, May 18, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING BECOMES A MUST FOR THE MOMENT

We are happy that many of our ESL tutors have found ways to keep their students moving forward even though they cannot meet in person. About a third of our tutors are using Zoom or Facetime to good effect. Another third are at least communicating regularly by telephone or text. Roughly 2/3 of our tutors are maintaining communication with their ESL students while sheltering in place.

We regret that during the Shelter in Place directive we are not able to use our Diablo Valley Literacy Council library at 4000 Clayton Road in Concord. We will notify our volunteers when the library is available again.

We hope to hold some manner of training for new tutors in the fall of 2020, but it is yet to be determined whether the training will all be online.

The Board has had a chance to work on ways to keep a balanced budget each year. One step in this direction was our fund raiser with Mountain Mike Pizza.

Our First Fundraiser Was A Success!
Terese McGregor, DVLC Director of Development

On Friday, June 12, we held our first community fundraiser at Mt. Mike’s Pizza for take-out or delivery.  By each of us advertising it via email and social media, we received some surprise donations in addition to the 29 food orders that were placed!  Thank you to all of those who spread the word, and ordered too.  It takes a village!  Here is the breakdown of the results:

$465.00-total outside donors
$268.92-total from 29 orders at Mt. Mike's


$733.92- Grand Total of the fundraiser!


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

IF YOU SPEAK ENGLISH, HELP SOMEBODY WHO IS LEARNING ENGLISH!

HELP AN IMMIGRANT WITH ENGLISH

The Diablo Valley Literacy Council welcomes volunteers to tutor adults in English in the Diablo Valley area of Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Pacheco, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette.

We need tutors who can commit to 1 or 2 hours of tutoring per week on a regular basis.

We provide training, match you to a student and help start your 1-on-1 tutoring.

Where
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church4000 Clayton RoadConcord

When:  Two Saturday sessions
October 2 and October 9, 2021
From 9 AM to 1:00 PM

Cost: $20 registration fee includes dues for 2021

Continental brunch included

For more information or to sign up select menu option VOLUNTEER TO TUTOR

Alternatively you may leave a message at (925) 685-3881 or email dvlc4esl@gmail.com.