The summer months go by so quickly! I hope you have been able to enjoy some time with family and friends.
In June, we were looking forward to the fall, and a return to in-person programs. However, the persistence of COVID-19 and rise of the DELTA variant across our service area made us re-think our plans.
For the health and safety of our volunteers and learners, all English At Large Programs will remain online through December 2021.
Our Fall Conversation Groups will meet virtually, utilizing the Zoom meeting platform. Registration information can be found later in this newsletter.
Beginning in late September, learners from our waitlist will be matched with English At Large volunteers, to begin tutoring online.
This is disappointing for so many reasons. First, it means that we still are not able to serve those learners who cannot join online programs. They remain our highest priority and will be enrolled for in-person instruction when completely safe to do so.
This decision also changes our plans to train new volunteer tutors this fall. We hope to offer new volunteers the opportunity to train as English At Large tutors in 2022.
An announcement on our spring programs, as well as any planned volunteer trainings, will be made before the end of the year.
While COVID has tested our patience, we remain grateful for the resilience and commitment of our volunteers, who continue to share their talents and energy with their learners. Together with our supporters, you are helping our immigrant neighbors and friends gain knowledge and understanding as they achieve their life goals.
We are proud to be part of this caring community. Thank you for helping to make a difference, through your continued support of English At Large.
Maureen Willis, Executive Director