Literacy Volunteers of America-Prince William (LVA-PW) is an award-winning community-based adult literacy organization whose mission is to teach adults the life-changing skills of reading, writing, and speaking English that will enable them to participate and prosper in our society. The organization honors students and volunteers at its annual Ice Cream Social. This year’s event was held the evening of September 18, 2018. Many thanks go out to the Hillendale Fire Hall (Station 13) in Dale City for the use of their reception facility.
Over 100 people attended the annual recognition event including students, volunteer tutors, community leaders, friends, families, and guests. They celebrated the hard work and achievements of everyone in the program. There were speeches by Board President Ken Ikeda, Executive Director Deborah Abbott, and student Noris Quintanilla and Jacqueline Santos. Noris and Jacqueline each gave testimonials about how the LVA-PW program has helped them achieve their learning goals and they encouraged everyone in attendance to strive to achieve their dreams.
Five-year service awards were given to volunteers: Helen Franchois, Barbara Greiling, Brenda McClary, Barbara Charlton, Linda Mazzucchi, Alison Prevost, Cherry Andrews, and Susan Angello. Ten-year service awards were given to volunteers: Janet Mouw, Sonia Hoehn, Jean Heger, Susan Cunningham, and Robert Goldschmidt.
The highlight of the evening were the three following award winners: Student of the Year Award recipient was Bismark Osei, for recently earning his GED; Tutor of the Year Award recipient was Eduardo Lopez; the Patti J. Beattie Volunteer of the Year Award recipient was Martha Kobliska. The award winners were also honored by having their names, along with the LVA-PW program, listed in the Congressional Record thanks to Congressman Gerald Connolly.
LVA-PW has been meeting the adult learning needs in Prince William County for over 27 years and serves over 700 low-income adult learners each year with the help of over 220 professionally-trained volunteer tutors. LVA-PW offers classroom and individual instruction in areas of English as a Second Language (ESL), GED preparation, Workforce Development and Job Readiness, civics and citizenship, computer literacy and an innovative Confidence Course. LVA-PW is making a difference in our community with the generosity of our volunteers and dedicated students.
LVA-PW is the 2015 recipient of the Agnes L. Colgan Community Service Award for Arts and Education from the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. For more information about LVA-PW, please visit www.lvapw.org or contact them directly at 703-670-5702 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org