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Our Annual Report
Dear Supporter,

Please enjoy CFLC's 2019 Annual Report, a reflection on last year. This information was compiled in February, when we were looking ahead to our 2020 Luncheon... which has since been canceled due to safety guidelines for gatherings. While this year is unfolding in unexpected ways, we are optimistic! Read below for updates from CFLC programs.
PROGRAM UPDATES - Digital Literacy
Computers on Wheels (COWs)
CFLC’s Computers on Wheels Program (COWs) has been growing by leaps and bounds. As well as offering digital instruction to our traditional student base, we have served more than 175 new students so far in the 19-20 program year. The current pandemic highlights the extreme need for this program in our community: as we transition to digital platforms for work, school, and basic necessities, such as banking, shopping, and accessing government services, those without the necessary access/ability are disproportionately disadvantaged. 
 
While we have had to put our current physical labs and classes on hold for safety reasons, we continue to offer online opportunities for instruction. One of our tutors said, “ I’m so glad my student worked in COWs classes and labs to improve her computer skills. We’re able to use online resources for distance learning now, but I don’t think it would have been possible a few months ago .”
 
We are happy to report that we were able to loan our mobile lab to our partner, the Good Shepherd Center , to help with the current crisis. Their dedicated staff were able to use our equipment and WiFi hot-spot to help 19 residents access stimulus payments, create email addresses, and connect with other crucial online services. Liz Carbone, the Community Coordinator at Good Shepherd, said, " I honestly don't know what we would have done without the COWs. Everything is closed. This saved the day. Thank you so much! "

Tutoring and Training Goes Digital!
Image of CFLC tutor digital training.
CFLC staff, board, students and tutors are utilizing digital solutions to remain connected. We currently have 37 ESL students attending classes and 20 Adult Literacy pairs working together using Zoom or Skype. Adult Literacy tutors (pictured) came together on Zoom for a training on transitioning to digital instruction. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers!
OTHER NEWS
CFLC's Reopening Plan is in Development

The Literacy Council will not be opening on May 18th. We are working on a phased reopening plan to balance educational needs with the safety of our students, tutors, and staff -- including limited times and occupancy, and services by appointment only. We will keep you updated.
Donate Your Books!
Are you doing some spring cleaning? Our community partner AlphaGraphics is collecting books for our Amazon Book Store! Bring your new or gently used books by their office to donate them to the Literacy Council through June 17th!
 
Thank you to AlphaGraphics, and to our Amazon Book Store volunteers who process our online orders!

Congratulations and thank you!

Our Spring intern Kerby, a student at UNCW, graduates this month. Kerby did a fantastic job with several projects earlier this year, and represented the Council at awareness events.
 
We appreciate his efforts and energy. Good luck to Kerby and all of the graduates this spring!