November 1, 2021

Dear Friend,

In a world full of information, literacy is the most important skill.

Chances are if you are reading this, you don’t share a problem that more than 130,000 adults in Northern Virginia struggle with every day: illiteracy. Let’s be clear, literacy is not just the ability to read and write. In today’s world, it is so much more. It means having the skills to access and navigate the online world, take care of our health, get a job and give our children a better life. In short, literacy is what allows us to be active and productive members of our community and reach our full potential. It is the most important skill; never was that more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 16, 2020, Loudoun Literacy Council temporarily closed its doors in keeping with local health protocols—a first in our 41 year history.

Knowing that our learners could not get to us, we brought our programs to them. We developed online classes and greatly increased our digital programming. But we knew there were learners who did not have access to reliable Wi-Fi. For them, we conducted tutoring over the phone. In addition, we stepped up our delivery of books and instructional materials to families that needed them. The generosity of our donors and volunteers during this time was astonishing.

Our 2021 results were heartwarming.

14,735 books were delivered to children.
1,799 school children received our literacy services, and 670 adults participated in our literacy classes.
287 new and expectant families received Baby Book Bundles.
48 employees at local businesses retained their jobs while also receiving virtual training on English workplace communication skills via our Jobsite Literacy Program.
105 parents participated in our School Success Program to help their children with the challenges of virtual learning and subsequently increased their own English instruction.

2021 was a big year for Loudoun Literacy Council because donors like you made good things happen. None of what we do is possible without our donors’ support. Please consider investing in the power of literacy with a financial gift to Loudoun Literacy Council.

Here are just a few things your contribution will make happen:

$50 pays for 10 monthly book packs for a child in Head Start and 6 book packs annually for children in the STEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) program. Each pack contains new books, activities for parent/child together time, and tips on making reading fun.

$100 pays for four Baby Book Bundles for new and expectant parents. Each bundle contains two baby board books, early literacy information, and a baby gift.

$300 pays for a full year of literacy classes for two adult learners.

$500 buys the books and supplies for a Family Literacy Night at a local homeless shelter.

$1,000 buys all the textbooks for one entire adult literacy class.

To learn more about our programs and what your contribution can do, please visit our website at www.loudounliteracy.org.

Our 41 years of history have taught us that literacy is so much more than reading. It is vital to the strength and resilience of our community, especially during a crisis. We have learned that literacy opens a world of information and possibilities. But to the families we serve, it is nothing less than life changing.

Please support the work of Loudoun Literacy Council by making your tax-deductible contribution at https://bit.ly/donatetoLoudounLiteracy or mail a check payable to “Loudoun Literacy Council” to PO Box 1932, Leesburg, VA 20177. We are so grateful to have your continued support.

Thank you for helping us keep our community strong!

Sincerely,

Nikki Daruwala, Executive Director and the team at Loudoun Literacy Council