What a learning year we all had in 2020. For forty years we have been structuring our tutoring based on meeting face to face and suddenly we had to switch our tactics to using technology for virtual one-on-ones.
Diablo Valley Literacy Council now has a Zoom Pro license enabling us to have volunteer meetings without a 40-minute limit. Two things came together to make this happen. Friends of Alice Foster's daughter (Lisa) felt that "honoring Alice's life by helping the DVLC to continue your good work is a perfect tribute to her Mom."
Our generous donors, the Middle March Mavens book club, wrote to us:
"We all will be blessed by your use of Zoom to further the goals of the DVLC, knowing that you are changing lives and that Alice would more than approve."
"Thank you for all you do to make people's lives easier and better through literacy." Their book club donated $150 in Alice's memory. On top of that, ProLiteracy offered a discount that will enable us to extend the license beyond one year.
Our next tutor training will be delivered via Zoom on the mornings of February 27 and March 6. We ran a pilot in November to prepare our trainers for the February-March program. Four new volunteers took advantage of participating in the pilot run and of being matched with students prior to attending the full training. Welcome to Jessica, Julie, Kent, and Kyle!
We hope, if you are reading this before January 9, 2021, that you will join our Annual Membership meeting at 10:00 am on Zoom. We will have a guest speaker, co-director of Monument Impact.
Dues reminders have gone out and this year you can pay your $15 dues online at our web-site, dvlc4esl.org, if you prefer that to mailing check or cash.
Finally, we are looking to add one or two directors to our Board of directors. We meet monthly on the second Thursday at 10:00 am. If you are in a position to join our Board we would LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! We are also seeking individuals to manage our tutor/student matching and our tutor training registrations.