Summer 2020 Newsletter

I hope you are staying healthy during these times. For more than four months, we have been social distancing, only seeing each other virtually. Despite these obstacles, I am grateful to see that the LCNV community has been showing a lot of positivity and creativity as we adjust to this “new normal”. While we could not celebrate our end of semester with potlucks, laughter, or hugs as usual, we created  a series of videos and a photo album  to express our heartfelt thanks and  congratulations .

Roopal Mehta Saran, Executive Director
Way to Go, LCNV Community!
With the development of COVID-19, LCNV transformed all of our classes to online platforms and successfully completed our teaching and learning during the spring semester. As pleased as we have been by the effectiveness of this new teaching method, we are more touched by the dedication, devotion, and resilience stirred by the current situation from our staff, instructors, volunteers, and especially our students.

Since we cannot express our heartfelt thanks in person, we prepared the following videos to congratulate our students, say thank you to our instructors, and express our gratitude to all of LCNV’s volunteers and to everyone that supported our community in another successful school year!
Bridging Literacy Across Isolation
Recently, we interviewed our instructors and students to take a closer look into the Distance Learning classrooms. As the teachers and students commented, it was a process where they “grew together, and all learned about something new.” “I think that has been a huge accomplishment for LCNV to continue bringing education to students in a different approach during this difficult time,” says Karen at the end of the semester, “Students are definitely the beneficiaries of that, and the technology they learned are easily transferable in their lives”.
LCNV Receiving National Attention!
LCNV has recently been featured in two national reports, Amplifying Impact: Why policies that combine investments in English language and digital literacy are vital by the National Skills Coalition; and Building a Digitally Resilient Workforce: Creating On-Ramps to Opportunity by Digital US.

View the reports:

Learn English While Distancing
During this summer session, LCNV is teaching more than 200 students virtually via video-conferencing platforms. Registration for fall semester will start in August, please keep a lookout for upcoming emails with the latest information.

LCNV is currently offering free access to several phone and web app platforms including USA Learn, Cell-Ed, and Learning Upgrade to offer students another way to continue to learn English. Please click on the following link if you are interested in improving your English skills.
NAP Donation
You may qualify for a tax credit in Virginia.
LCNV is an approved organization under the  Virginia Department of Education's Neighborhood Assistance Program,  meaning that businesses and individuals who donate cash or marketable securities to LCNV may receive tax credits in Virginia equal to  65 percent  of the donation.

  • Are you or do you have someone you know affected by the current situation? Check out our Resource Page and SNAPSHOT for education, community, and government resources during these unconventional times.

  • In our last newsletter, LCNV staff member Dr. Carole Bausell shared an article on Stackable Credentials: A Story of Innovation Emerging from Adversity. The article has been featured as the first article in PROGRESS, The Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center (VALRC)'s newsletter! Read the article here.

  • Would you like to join a team of hundreds of volunteers and make a difference in people's lives and the lives of their families? Learn about LCNV’s programs and how we are responding to the current situation with LCNV 101 on July 22, 7PM. To register or learn more, contact Amy Tristan, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator at

  • LCNV's Annual Recognition Ceremony has been postponed due to COVID-19 to October 29, 2020, 7 PM – 9:30 PM. To RSVP, please call 703-237-0866 or e-mail For more information, please check here.

  • In 2020, anyone who donates up to $300, whether they itemize or not, can deduct that against other income for donations. In addition, for the entire year of 2020, the limitation on how much of your charitable donations you can deduct against your income has been lifted. Previously it was a maximum of 60% for cash donations and 50% for non-cash contributions. These limitations have been removed in the CARES Act for federal income tax purposes. Donate now.

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