October 2020
ATC has issued its 2020 Annual Report, capturing the challenges and successes of the past year. The overriding message is that donors, tutors, the staff and the board worked together to not let the pandemic interrupt the organization’s mission to make certain every child is reading on grade level by the end of the school year. Read it here!
Publishing the Annual Report kicks off ATC’s Annual Appeal. The Annual Report will be distributed to elected officials, donors, and friends, and soon we will be asking individuals to consider donating to ATC before the end of the year. The document tells a remarkable story, and the board remains hopeful that donations will come in to help ATC continue virtually tutoring as many first graders as possible throughout this school year.

Already, new donors and friends came through to help ATC reach its $22,000 goal to buy leveled readers for this year’s Book Buddies. Launching the online fundraiser in July, ATC welcomed individual donations and support from Comcast, Burke & Herbert Bank, AT&T, Harry Braswell, Inc., and the Believe in Reading Fund. Money raised will purchase the leveled readers students need for virtual tutoring this year. 

ATC has been boosting its community profile on social media. Have you seen us? We’re now seen more frequently on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. Our presence has led to some terrific results: a great story on WJLA Channel 7 about the aforementioned online fundraiser. WJLA Reporter Tobias Rodriguez saw our posts on Facebook and reached out to see how he could help! Watch it here!  AT&T executives also saw our posts and reached out, resulting in their donation to help purchase the needed books.
Local newspaper The Zebra ran a great piece about ATC when the organization first shifted to virtual tutoring. The Zebra came through again earlier this month, and did a live interview with Executive Director Lisa Jacobs and Board Chair Yvonne Folkerts. Check it out here!
ATC is grateful for the new publicity and new donors! When you see ATC posts on any social media platform, please help us broaden our reach. Simply “like” and “share” on your own feed every time you see the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium pop up! Thank you!
Teachers are finishing testing students and the first Book Buddies will get started next week. As you can see above, Program Advisor Alison Jones, tutors and coordinators are very busy getting ready for virtual tutoring! We still have five students who need tutors. If you know of potential tutors, please send them to Executive Director Lisa Jacobs at ljacobs@opmh.org
The ATC Board welcomes Binh Tran and Latta Chapman to its newly-established Advisory Council. Both leaders recently concluded their service on the ATC Board of Directors and agreed to continue serving the organization on the Council.
ATC was delighted to see a banner at Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill’s annual pumpkin sale stating that ATC would be one of the recipients to receive funds from pumpkin sales. Do you have your pumpkin yet? Go to Immanuel and support this worthy annual fundraiser for the church’s mission programs.
Questions? Contact Lisa Jacobs at ljacobs@opmh.org
323 S. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703-549-6670 x119
Fax: 703-549-9425
Email: atc@opmh.org

Lisa Jacobs, Executive Director