Total Volunteer Hours in April
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Students created their own recipes during the last day of our 6-week Cooking Matters elective.
Hello volunteers, and welcome to Term 2 of our Spring quarter! We are continuing with our center-wide class theme this quarter on health. Last term, we were lucky enough to work with Hunger Intervention Program who facilitated a fabulous Cooking Matters elective for our students. The class involved meaningful discussions on nutrition, reading food labels, an interactive project at the grocery store, and cooking meals together during each class. This quarter, we look forward to hosting a health fair at our learning center, with representatives from Komen Foundation, Bastyr University, Neighborcare Health, Seattle-King County Aging & Disability Services, North Seattle Family Center, and more. Special thanks to ESOL 1 volunteer teachers Cynthia Putnam and Linda Pye, who are helping coordinate the event.

We've also been celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week. Our students spearheaded an initiative to dedicate the first week of the term to thanking the many volunteer and staff teachers here at Literacy Source. Many of you have seen the lovely display created by students in our reception area this past week. As the sign at the entrance of our center reads: 

"Thank you so much to our teachers for their effort, dedication, patience, encouragement, enthusiasm, friendliness, and support to all students." - Literacy Source students
Annual Breakfast
Top: Student speakers Rita and Woudalat with teachers Kody and Leslie during the breakfast.
Thanks to all who came out and helped make our 17 th Annual Breakfast a huge success! Our three student speakers, Rita, Woudalat, and Javier, did an amazing job delivering powerful speeches to our 300-person audience. We also got to enjoy an inspiring welcome from our new Executive Director, Eileen Aparis, and Nancy Pearl's famous book recommendations from the year. We raised a grand total of $153,577, with an additional $2,820 in online donations coming in from GiveBIG the following day. We continue to be humbled by the generosity of our community in supporting our vision of education, equity, and opportunity for all!
Ramadan began on Sunday, May 5. In fostering an inclusive community at Literacy Source, it is important for non-Muslims to be aware of some of the religious traditions our students, staff, and volunteers might be celebrating. Our colleagues at Shoreline Community College recently shared the following highlights that we thought we'd pass along:
  • "Ramadan Mubarak" or "Ramadan Kareem" are common greetings
  • The Dhuhr (high noon) prayer begins a little after 1 pm each day - avoid scheduling meetings between 1-1:30 pm, or explicitly allow a 15-minute break to all in attendance at that time
  • Fasting each day is between dawn to sunset and includes water. Please remember to avoid inconsiderate comments about your perceived feelings or emotions related to individuals' fasting or not fasting choices
  • Remember that every person celebrating Ramadan may do so differently; don't inflict or assume your perceptions of the holiday or what your other friends celebrating Ramadan might do
Here are some additional resources:
Literary Mixer
Thanks to everyone who attended our most recent Literary Mixer on May 9! Volunteers gathered outside for an evening to discuss the books they are reading or would recommend. For anyone who missed the event, the list of books that attendees brought is available here
Community Volunteer Training Materials
Thanks to all of you who came to the Community Volunteer Training (CVT) at Seattle Goodwill on Saturday, May 4. We had a great turnout of 110 worthy volunteers, like yourselves, who are either tutoring or wanting to tutor adult learners in King County. If you missed the training, here is a link to the presentations and resources. The next CVT will be on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Seattle Central Public Library. 
"The United States in My Eyes"
Fremont Talk Time participants standing in front of one of Roberta (Yi-Ping) Chen's pieces. 
We'd like to extend an invitation to visit an art exhibit curated by Literacy Source's long-time Fremont Talk Time attendee Roberta (Yi-Ping) Chen, titled "The United States in My Eyes." The show features works that examine reconciling the artists' previous visions of America with their current experiences of adapting to the United States. Admission is free.

"The United States in My Eyes"
Seattle Central College M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery
1701 Broadway
April 29-May 23
Come Work With Us!
Literacy Source is currently hiring for the following positions. Please help us spread the word! Full job descriptions can be found here.
Literacy Source is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, race, color, physical or developmental ability, or ethnic origin in the hiring of its personnel. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.

New Citizen Spotlight
Congratulations to our newest U.S. citizen, Al (Alfonso) Alonso! Thank you to everyone who supports our citizenship program at Literacy Source.
Volunteers Needed!
A group of Library Science Masters Degree students from the University of Washington are helping us re-organize our library system based on feedback they gathered from students, staff, and volunteers.
We are currently in need of a few volunteers to assist former AmeriCorps member Amanda Chin and a group of students from the Library Science Masters program of the University of Washington. The project involves stickering the books in Literacy Source's library using a new color coding system the group has developed as part of their capstone project. This  volunteer opportunity will take place on Thursday, May 30 from 9 am-12 pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact Cat.
Celebrating a Year of Service
We'd like to extend a special thanks to Ann Reid, Paula Rattigan, Michelle Roberts, Calvin Kuriyama, Denise Nakamura, Israt Jahan, Julia Scheffer, Karen Garland, Kris Niznik, and Kristin Knopf for reaching one year of service at Literacy Source. Thanks so much for your time and commitment!
Community Event Calendar
Our community event calendar highlights some of the events happening in the greater Seattle area that pertain to social justice, diversity, and equity. If you know of any other events we can share with the Literacy Source community, please let us know!

Seattle Central College M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery 
More information here.
4th Annual Ramadan Iftar Celebration
Saturday, May 18
More information  here.
Anti-Racism Workshop from CARW
Sunday, May 19
More information  here.
Civic Bootcamp: Civil Rights
Friday, May 24
Byrd Barr Place
More information here.
Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings

Citizenship & ESOL  Tutors
Daytime, 2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)
Tech Tutors
Daytime or evening, 1 hr. per week ( 1 term commitment, flexible times) 
Basic skills on a variety of devices - email / internet / word processing

Evening Office Manager
Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm
Required skills: Good customer service and phone skills, willing to take initiative and work without supervision, Microsoft Office

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!
Training and ongoing support provided for all positions. For more information, please visit our  website  or contact  Caroline.
Upcoming Trainings:

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.

Tutor Orientation

Friday, May 31
9 am-12 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment

Tuesday, June 25
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Citizenship Toolkit

Thursday, June 27
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

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New Volunteer Orientation
Please help us spread the word!

Our upcoming New Volunteer Orientation will be on Wednesday, June 5at 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:
May 27: Center closed for Memorial Day
June 17-20: Last week of spring classes
June 24-27: Center closed for classes and tutoring
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.