Total Volunteer Hours in February
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Happy AmeriCorps Week! We are so lucky to have 4 amazing AmeriCorps members at Literacy Source this year. Marisa, our AmeriCorps VISTA member, just completed her 2 years of dedicated service last month, and Heather, Walt and Ewa (pictured above) will continue on as service members until July 2019. This week is dedicated to showing our gratitude to them as AmeriCorps members. They all work incredibly hard (for a very low stipend!) to serve and support our students. Their roles include that of excellent teachers, advisors, program support, and co-workers. We are so grateful for all that they give to Literacy Source.

Over the course of this week, we featured each of them on our
Facebook page. Check out our page to see their answers to a few questions so that you can get to know them better. If you find yourself at the Center over the next week, please join us in thanking them for their service. We will be recruiting new AmeriCorps service members in September 2019 - if you know of anyone who would like to spend a year getting great experience in the field of adult literacy, please spread the word for us!
Annual Breakfast
Our Annual Breakfast is less than two months away! Please join us on Tuesday, May 7, from 7:30-9 am at Seattle Pacific University, for a morning of inspiring speeches from Literacy Source students as well as superstar librarian Nancy Pearl as she provides a review from her favorite books last year.

There is no cost to attend, but guests are asked to make a donation (suggested minimum $150). The entire cost of the breakfast is underwritten by sponsors, so every dollar given goes directly to providing basic education services to adult learners.  Registration is now open - come on your own, bring friends, or consider being a table captain.

If you are not coming as a table captain, consider joining Caroline at her table! You can register here, and select her name. 
Free Community Event: Challenging "English Only"
Join Literacy Source instructors Taiko Aoki-Marcial and Lauren Plitkins as they review research and literature regarding home language use in English instruction.  Gain some practical ideas for how to incorporate students' first language into your work with ESOL learners, and examine how the use of native languages creates more equitable outcomes.
By the end of this event, you will be able to analyze the role of home languages as a tool in creating learning experiences that foster inclusiveness and equity.
The event will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 6-7:30 pm. Please help spread the word in the community by picking up some flyers from Caroline's desk, and register here to reserve a spot for yourself.
New Volunteer Opportunities: Phone Interview Workshop and Cooking Class
Right: Former Literacy Source student, Efrem, at a cooking workshop we hosted last year.
Phone Interview Workshop
Calling all volunteers!  We will be offering a Phone Interview Workshop on Tuesday, May 28, from 2-3:30 pm, for students who are seeking employment and would like to hone their phone interviewing skills.  We are looking for volunteers who would like to help out as mock interview partners. Interviews will take place on-site here at Literacy Source. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Meskerem 
Cooking Matters Course  
We are looking for volunteers during a six-week Cooking Matters  course at Literacy Source, focused on healthy cooking skills, nutrition education, and food budgeting. Classes will take place every Thursday of Spring 1 term (March 28 to May 2) from 2-4 pm. Each class is a 3 hour commitment, and is led by a team of 2 volunteers who work alongside a coordinator from Hunger Intervention Program to facilitate fun, lively, interactive, and informative classes. Participants engage in educational activities and help prepare a shared meal at the end of every class.  No professional nutrition or cooking background is required, however it is helpful! For questions, contact Sam.
New Citizen Spotlight
Grace shortly after achieving her citizenship.
Congratulations to Grace, our newest U.S. citizen! Grace has been a student with us for many years in our ESOL classes, beginning in our old Fremont location. We are so proud of her for achieving her citizenship and for all the time and dedication she has given at Literacy Source.
Save the Date! Community Volunteer Training
Saturday, May 4
9 am-1 pm
The Community Volunteer Training (CVT) is a resource for volunteers in the greater King County region looking to expand their network and knowledge in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESL/ESOL).  King County Library System Literacy Sourc e OneAmerica Seattle Goodwill, and the  The Seattle Public Library , sponsor the CVT in their efforts to empower volunteers from all over the city to support literacy and basic education needs of adults in our community. Here are some examples of the sessions offered: 
- Strategies for Teaching Beginning Literacy
- ESOL Teaching Techniques 
- Adopting a Cultural Humility Approach when working with Adult Learners
- Best Practices for Teaching Digital Literacy to ESOL Learners 
- Supporting Re-Entry - into the workforce from prison
- Working with Adult Learners 
- Trauma Informed Care and Effects of Trauma on Learning
- Tutoring in the Jails 101 

Registration is coming soon - please keep an eye on our website for details. Thanks!
Note from our Digital Literacy Coordinator, Sarah Olson
Hi Volunteers,
Just want to let you know that starting March 25, I will have dedicated drop-in "office hours" where I will be available to assist with any questions or help with anything tech-related here at Literacy Source. If none of these times work for you, please feel free to email me , and we can set up a separate time to meet. Please know I am here to support you in any of your tech and digital work here at Literacy Source!

Sarah's Spring Term Office Hours:
Mon: 5:30-6 pm
Tue & Wed: 9-10 am
Thu: 4:30-5 pm

Sarah Olson, Literacy Source Digital Literacy Coordinator
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to take a moment to recognize Carol Otte, Julie Paschkis, Karen Thompson, Rebecca Fee, and Ron Paige for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thank you so much for your hard work and commitment! 
Staff Reads
Staff Reads features   books that Literacy Source staff are currently reading or would recommend. Read along with us and let us know what you think!

Staff: Caroline Socha
Staff: Isabel Childs
Staff: Janet Arbogast
Staff: Lauren Plitkins
Staff: Marisa Parshotam

Staff: Heather Zamudio
Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings

Citizenship & ESOL  Tutors
Daytime tutors needed to students prepare for the citizenship test and to help with teaching English and basic skills.
2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)

Student Assessment Proctors 
2-5 hr shifts every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Sight Words and Phonics Testers
1-3 hr shifts, 2 times every 7-10 weeks (daytime or evening)

Interpreters and Translators
As needed basis (1-3 hrs each time)
Languages needed: Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Somali, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese
Outreach Helpers
As needed basis. Mulit-lingual a plus!

One-on-One Tutors 
1 x 1.5-2 hrs a week (Thursday afternoon/evening, Saturday late morning/early afternoon).
See FAQ's about tutoring at the jail here.
Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please visit our  website  or contact  Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

Citizenship Toolkit

Tuesday, March 19
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

GED Toolkit

Tuesday, April 16
4-6 pm 
Location: Literacy Source
Register  here.

Teaching Reading 

Saturday, May 18
9 am-12 pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Roundtable - Teaching Writing

Tuesday, May 28
4-6 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Roundtable - Teaching Writing

Wednesday, May 29
9-11 am

Location: Literacy Source

Register here.



Saturday, May 4
9 am-1 pm
ESOL Teaching Techniques
Working with Adult Learners
Registration available soon. Please save the date!

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, April 3at Literacy Source. Sessions will take place at 1 and 7 pm. 

Individuals can  register online here !
Important Dates and Center Closures
Literacy Source is open:

Mon and Wed, 8:30 am-8:30 pm
Tues and Thurs, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:

March 18-21: No classes, tutoring only and center open for New Student Registration 
March 25-28: First week of spring classes
Miss any of our past volunteer newsletters? Check out our last one here for 
additional tips and resources. You can also access the newsletters at the bottom 
of the  Volunteer Resources page of our website.
Literacy Source is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people, 
and we pay our respect to elders both past and present.

Literacy Source recognizes the inherent dignity, equality, and value of every person and strives to create and maintain a learning community that is respectful and welcoming. To foster and maintain a safe and inclusive community of respect, openness, understanding, and civility, it is crucial that students, volunteers, and staff are aware of their rights and options when confronting a discriminatory or bias-related incident. To read more, click here.