Total Volunteer Hours in September
Volunteer Hours in 2018-19 School Year
Welcome Note from our Volunteer Coordinator
Executive Director Lynn Livesley and "America's Librarian" Nancy Pearl at our Annual Breakfast.
Dear Volunteers, 
As you may have already read in our general newsletter, after six great years as Executive Director of Literacy Source, Lynn Livesley will be stepping down from her position. We know that many of you have come to value Lynn as both a great person and a tireless ambassador for adult literacy and Literacy Source. She will be greatly missed and we hope you will join us in wishing her well in her future endeavors. 
Looking forward, Lynn's dedication has created a solid foundation that leaves us well-positioned to take advantage of future challenges and opportunities. The Board of Directors is leading a team to search for the next ED who can help us continue Lynn's work and maximize our potential to serve community needs. Lynn will continue to support us with the transition, ensuring our programs continue to run smoothly and that our new ED will benefit from her expertise. 
Please let me, Lynn, or any of our staff know if you have any questions or input during this transition period. Literacy Source has been successful in its work because of our community support, and we value your thoughts at this juncture. We look back in gratitude for Lynn's contributions, and look forward in excitement as we continue to strive towards our mission of education, equity, and opportunity for all. 

Caroline Socha
Volunteer Coordinator
Honoring Duwamish Land
The new mural on the side of our building when driving into the parking lot from NE 125th St.
This Monday, October 8, was Indigenous People's Day. You may have noticed the new mural on the side of our building, recently painted by our neighbors at the Seattle Mennonite Church. We at Literacy Source would also like to acknowledge that our school is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people, and we pay our respect to elders both past and present. We will be including this statement in all of our New Volunteer and New Student Orientations, as well as in all classes the first week of each term and at the beginning of every citizenship class.

Today, the Duwamish remain unacknowledged by our federal, state, and local governments. Please consider donating to the Duwamish Tribe, who have yet to be justly compensated for their land and resources, through Real Rent Duwamish, which calls on people who live and work in Seattle to pay rent to the Duwamish Tribe.
Volunteers Needed: Senior Talk Time
 Singing Happy Birthday at a recent English Talk Time.
Volunteers Needed for Talk Time at Lake City Community Center
Wednesdays from 11 am-noon

Are you interested in enjoying the company of a very active group of Spanish-speaking seniors each week? We are looking for volunteers, who have some knowledge of Spanish, to help lead a weekly senior Talk Time group at Lake City Community Center. Literacy Source partners with Sound Generations and Sea Mar Community Health Centers to offer Spanish-speaking seniors opportunities to practice English and learn new skills. 

This hour-long English Talk Time is typically attended by 12-20 seniors each week.  The program revolves around a weekly topic introduced by a volunteer and supported by 1-2 co-volunteers. Recent topics have included health, holidays, clothing, animals, flowers, and household vocabulary. Weekly discussion leadership responsibilities rotate among volunteers, and each discussion leader prepares whatever materials may be needed to support the topic for that day. There are no requirements for materials: handouts with Spanish/English words, or items for playing a game, making a craft, or illustrating vocabulary can all be used depending on the topic. One 'lead' volunteer takes responsibility for recording and reporting monthly attendance, and for monitoring volunteer schedules to make sure someone is available for each Talk Time gathering.  A native Spanish-speaking Sea Mar staff person is always present to assist with occasional interpretation needs and to provide some support with materials.
The current Talk Time volunteers have had their personal schedules change, or anticipate changes over the next few months - which now makes additional volunteers essential if this wonderful program is to continue! If you are interested in learning more or in volunteering, please contact Caroline - she will be happy to provide more information about this very fun and valuable program!
Culturally Responsive Teaching: Fostering Inclusion
A slide from our quarterly announcements each term.
At Literacy Source, we are intentional about creating a welcoming space for those who enter our learning center. We have a reception desk with both paid staff and volunteers who greet and help anyone who comes through the door or calls the center. We explicitly state that all are welcome and included in our community by including a multilingual welcome slide every quarter in our class announcements, written by our students in their own first languages, as well as a slide that says "we respect all beliefs and experiences." The inclusion  part of our new values statements (shared in last month's newsletter) states:   

We foster an inclusive and multicultural space in which all cultures, traditions, social identities, and ways of knowing are respected and welcomed. 

We'd like to think about what we currently do to foster the value of inclusion at Literacy Source, and how we can continue to deliberately create a welcoming space at our center and in our classrooms.  Explicitly recognizing and saying we value different cultures, traditions, and social identities alone is not enough. We must also take actions to respect and welcome differences.

At our center, we encourage reflective practices, where teachers and learners work together to set learning goals and continually reflect on their learning to build an effective learning community. Through class projects like those displayed in binders in the sun room, teachers and students recognize and respect differences while working together to build skills and create shared knowledge. 
Our kitchen and sun room create a space for tutoring, meetings, and mingling. It is busy during class breaks, and helps create an open and social environment throughout the center. When we first moved to Lake City in 2016, having a kitchen area was high on our priority list. We like to think of the space as a visual reminder for how people from different backgrounds can come together around shared goals.
What strategies can we use to build an inclusive and welcoming space in our classrooms? One way is to have welcoming routines in class. These can be as simple as "getting to know you" activities at the beginning of the term, or more complex activities like having a discussion about shared classroom norms for behavior and communication. The Welcoming Refugees Toolkit is a useful resource of instructional tools from the K-12 world that can be adapted to our work with adult learners, too. For example, the "Where does your name come from?" activity on page 18 of the kit can allow students to discover something important about their classmates in order to deepen peer understanding and build intercultural respect.

We recognize that students bring many skills and strengths with them, one of which is their prior knowledge of English and other languages. In past newsletters, we have talked about how students' first languages can be an asset in the learning environment. Intentionally building on our learners' strengths , like multiple language proficiency or other experiences they bring, shows respect and creates a community that supports learning for both students and teachers. 
Although we are intentionally working to create an inclusive, supportive community, we can always do better. We are currently in the midst of planning center-wide focus groups and surveys to gather more information from students about our programming and how we can better support a culture of student inclusion and leadership at Literacy Source. We'd love to hear about strategies you are currently using to put the value of inclusion into action in your own work as well - please feel free to email Cat about how you apply this in your teaching or tutoring sessions.
Literacy Source Voter Registration Days - Thank You Volunteers!
Literacy Source students registering to vote after class.
We'd like to extend our thanks to the many volunteers who staffed our voter registration tables on October 4 and 8. Overall, 6 students registered to vote at Literacy Source on those days, the majority doing so online with our Chromebooks. This also served as a great way for students to practice their digital literacy skills.

If you missed online or by-mail voter registration, it's not too late to register or update your address! You can still register in-person by October 29. Click here for more information on registering to vote in King County.
New Citizen Spotlight
Congratulations to Rula Saleh for recently passing her citizenship interview! Rula has an interest in teaching and has taught Arabic classes to both youth and adults. Rula used to be a student at Literacy Source, and since then has worked one-on-one with our Citizenship Coordinator Isabel Childs. Congrats, Rula!
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 to share with the Literacy Source community, please let us know!   

Thursday, Oct. 18
Friday, Oct. 19
Saturday, Oct. 20
Sunday, Oct. 21
Peacock in the Desert with Dr. Karni Singh Jasol (Exhibit Opening Celebration)
Seattle Art Museum
7-8 pm
More information here.

Solidarity with Refugees (Somali Family Safety Task Force Fundraiser) 
7054 32nd Ave South
6-8:30 pm
More information here.
Muslim Association of Puget Sound Open House
Muslim Association of Puget Sound
12-3 pm 
More information here.
A Seat @ the Table
Northwest Film Forum
5:30 pm
More information here.

Sat/Sun, Oct. 27-28
Sunday, Oct. 28
Saturday, Nov. 3
Saturday, Nov.10
And then they Came for Us
Northwest Film Forum
Oct. 27: 4:30 pm
Oct. 28: 7 pm
More information here.
Families for Families Rally and March
El Centro De La Raza
2-5 pm
More information here.
Nisei Veterans Hall Tour
1212 S King Street
2:30-4 pm
More information here.
Tribal Justice (free film screening)
Northwest Film Forum
4-6 pm
More information here.

Literary Mixer Volunteer Reads
In place of our usual Staff Reads section this month, we are featuring some of the books volunteers brought to our most recent Literary Mixer on September 27! Thank you to all who came to the event - we hope you enjoyed mingling with fellow Literacy Source volunteers and chatting about the books you are reading. Check out the longer list of books volunteers shared and discussed here

Literacy Source Volunteer
Volunteer: Holly Lakin
Volunteer: Rebecca Fee
Literacy Source Volunteer
Volunteer: Holly Smith

      A Fine Balance
Literacy Source Volunteer

Current Volunteer Needs and Upcoming Trainings
One-on-One Tutors
Daytime and evening tutors needed for ESOL, reading, writing, math, GED prep, and citizenship
2 x 1.5 hrs per week (6 month commitment, flexible times)

One-on-One Reading Tutors
Daytime or evening, 1 x 1.5 hrs per week
(1 term commitment, flexible times)

Lake City Seniors Talk Time Leader
Wednesdays at Lake City Community Center, 11 am-12 pm (Spanish speakers a plus) 
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:

Literacy Foundations: Strategies for Teaching Reading & Writing

Saturday, October 13
9 am-1  pm 
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

Citizenship Toolkit

Wednesday, November 7
5-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

Register here.

WALDE: Working with Adult Learners in a Diverse Environment

Tuesday, November 13
5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Literacy Source

R egister  here.

Tutor Orientation Training

Friday, November 30
9 am-12 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, November 7at 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
Tue and Thu, 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Fridays, appointment only

Upcoming important dates and office closures:

October 29-November 1: No classes; open for tutoring and New Student Registration only
November 5: First day of fall 2 term
November 21: Center closes early at 5 pm (no evening classes)
November 22: Center closed for Thanksgiving

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.