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Join the Literacy Council Team in 2018/19

Are you looking for the opportunity to make a difference? The Literacy Council has an exciting opportunity to join our team for a year! Apply today to become the Literacy Council’s next Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator through AmeriCorps. Please follow the link below to fill out your application.

 

Position Description

Join AmeriCorps and “get things done”! Become a NC LiteracyCorps member at the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and improve literacy and English language skills in our community.

NC LiteracyCorps members provide literacy tutoring to youth and adults while building program capacity through volunteer tutor recruitment and management. The LiteracyCorps member working with the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will have the opportunity to:

  • provide direct service tutoring,
  • recruit and orient volunteers,
  • recruit and support students,
  • develop and enhance community partnerships,
  • conduct visibility campaigns,
  • manage a book gifting program, and
  • participate in national days of service.

The Literacy Council’s NC LiteracyCorps member will begin in August 2018 and complete their service year in July 2019. Over the course of the year, the member will become an integral part of the Literacy Council’s full-time team, providing 1,700 hours of service.

The initial application period closes May 21. 2018 but will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Benefits to the Member

NC LiteracyCorps members receive a living allowance of up to $13,732 and qualify for limited health insurance reimbursements. Upon completion of requirements, they are eligible to receive an educational award of $5,920. NC LiteracyCorps members receive training in volunteer management, literacy issues, tutoring strategies, diversity, and leadership skills. The member placed with the Literacy Council will also have a professional development stipend to participate in conferences and seminars throughout the service year.

Qualifications

To serve with the NC LiteracyCorps, the member must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • successfully pass statewide and national criminal background checks
  • be a U.S. Citizen, National, or Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

Preferred qualifications are:

  • a deep commitment to providing educational opportunities to economically disadvantaged adults and youth and/or those who are from other cultures
  • excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, and members of the community
  • outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • a working knowledge of office technology including Microsoft Office suites
  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • creative, strategic thinker with excellent organizational skills and ability to track deadlines
  • available to work occasional evenings
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Learning About Building Equity and Social Justice

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The Literacy Council staff is investing time in learning about building equity and social justice within the Literacy Council, in the nonprofit sector, and in our local community. Here are some resources that we are using to equip ourselves with knowledge and educated opinions. Volunteer tutors may be interested in learning through these same resources, and possibly even sharing what they learn with students in lessons, as they see appropriate.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Ending Racial Inequity in Our Schools: What Actually Works? featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones (lecture): Wednesday, February 28, 7pm at UNC-A. This is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.acsf.org/nhj  There are a limited number of remote streaming tickets available for free. 

“Nikole Hannah-Jones is a National Magazine Award-winning Journalist, writing on modern day civil rights for the New York Times Magazine. Her widely read articles on segregated housing and schools, as well as her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America, expose how racial inequality is maintained through official policy. They also offer a compelling case for greater equity.”

Promoting Equity Today (community conversation): Thursday, March 22, 6pm at the Asheville City Schools Central Office Board Room.

Becoming an Equity Advocate (community conversation): Thursday, April 19, 6pm at the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center.

Standing Opportunities:

Personal Self-Assessment of Anti-Bias Behavior (worksheet): Published by the Anti-Defamation League, this worksheet encourages anti-bias self-reflection and goal creation.

Project Implicit: Social Attitudes Associations Test (online test): Developed by researchers interested in implicit social cognition, this tool helps identify personal “blind spots” in an effort to become aware of one’s own implicit biases. 

Impact > Intention: Understanding Implicit Bias (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by the NC Center for Nonprofits “Are we practicing what we preach? Or is our implicit bias negatively affecting our decisions in spite of our good intentions?” Presented by Ivan Canada and Michael Robinson of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad

When Racial Equity Gets Real: Moving Beyond Theory to Daily Practice (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray, a community-based researcher, cultural organizer, facilitator and consultant and Marisol Jiménez, founder and lead consultant for Tepeyac Consulting, dive into some ‘real talk’ about racial equity and hear the experiences and perspectives of other nonprofit leaders in their efforts to move from theory to practice.”

Rain in a Dry Land (documentary): Screened in the Literacy Council office on 2/7/18, available to rent from YouTube Video. “An intimate portrait of two families who leave behind a legacy of slavery in Africa to discover new challenges in 21st-century America.”

The Waters & Harvey Show (podcast): “The Waters & Harvey Show, co-hosted bDr. Waters and Dr. Marcus Harvey, is produced by Dr. Waters at Blue Ridge Public Radio. The show offers listeners informed conversations and interviews about history, culture and their impact on current affairs. According to Waters, ‘Our series is committed to giving voice to historically marginalized people and communities. Through our lively conversations, we hope to encourage a deeper understanding of our vibrant community.'”

How to Think Differently about Diversity in Nonprofit Leadership: Get Comfortable with Discomfort (article): Article published by Nonprofit Quarterly. “This article is part of an ongoing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Project by the publication [and it] addresses ways of thinking differently about a variety of issues affecting the nonprofit sector.”

Boards in Motion: Moving from Diversity to Equity (recorded webinar): Webinar hosted by WNC Nonprofit Pathways. “Tamiko Ambrose Murray (Center for Participatory Change) and Kate Pett (Asheville City Schools Foundation) explore the role of racial equity at the board level and delve into one board’s story on the road toward achieving greater equity.”

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The 27th Annual Spelling Bee Team Registration Open Now!

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Don’t Worry, BEE Happy! 
The Spelling Bee is back for its 27th year

Bibliophiles, word-nerds, and linguists: Save the Date!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 
at The Mothlight
6-9:00 pm
 

Recruit two friends to complete your team and sign up to compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of your lives. Choose your teammates carefully — they must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience.

How does it work?

  • Recruit two friends and register your team by calling 828-254-3442 or emailing luann@litcouncil.com. Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions
  • Choose your team name and plan costumes (optional, but there are prizes for best costume!)
  • Study the word list provided
  • Raise funds online or make a personal donation to cover your team’s entry fee of $250
  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team from the audience
10 Audience Ticket

Why participate?

  • It’s fun! Unleash your inner geek and join us for a zany, raucous good time
  • You can cheat! Teams that raise funds over the entry fee can pilfer an easier word or purchase clues
  • The top finishers win generous prizes, but no one walks away empty-handed. Every speller receives a prize
  • Your team could be crowned “Best Spellers in Buncombe County!”

How much does it cost?

Teams contribute a collective $250 to participate. Most teams raise this amount (and more) by encouraging friends, coworkers, family members, and others to sponsor them. We provide access to Give Lively, a fun and simple fundraising web site. Even infinitesimal donations can add up to a cheat-worthy stash! We will also offer some pointers on using social media to reach more people who want to support literacy. You have until the day of the event to raise the funds.

I had So! Much! Fun! participating in last year’s Spelling Bee. My husband came to watch the competition, heard about the Literacy Council, and was really moved by the video. He had been looking for an opportunity to volunteer and felt tutoring with the Literacy Council was so important he signed right up! It’s been great to watch his passion and commitment for it grow over the past year. (He calls his lesson preparation “homework” and that always makes me smile.)

 

Let’s get serious for a moment.

The Literacy Council of Buncombe County works to increase comprehensive literacy and English language skills through specialized instruction by trained tutors and access to literacy resources. In 2016/17, 249 volunteer tutors gave over 16,000 hours of direct reading, writing, and English language tutoring to over 300 students. We also mailed new children’s books monthly to over 600 pre-kindergarten children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Our students gain self-confidence and develop the self-sufficiency to improve their lives as individuals, parents, workers, and citizens. As always, proceeds from the Spelling Bee benefit the work of the Literacy Council of Buncombe County.

Are you eager to compete?

We limit the competition to 15 teams, so be sure to reserve your spot by contacting LuAnn today at luann@litcouncil.com or 828-254-3442 ext. 206.

Text to donate: 1-844-544-7171 – 2018BEEThe Mothlight

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Holiday Assistance Partnership

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87 Literacy Council Families Receive Toys for Tots

Each year in Western North Carolina, more than 100,000 children benefit from Christmas assistance in the way of donated toys, 9,000 of whom receive gifts through Toys for Tots. The 2017 holiday season marks the 4th year that the Literacy Council of Buncombe County has partnered with Toys for Tots so that our students are among those families benefiting from the program.

LCBC staff and tutors came together to ensure that the families we serve would have an opportunity to select a handful of gifts for the children in their lives. Everything from board games and action figures to stuffed animals and building blocks were available. We also included with every bag of toys a gently used, age-appropriate book to help foster a love of reading in the home.

We are excited to share that 87 different LCBC families were able to take advantage of the Toys for Tots drive, supporting 178 children in the month of December. 
 
One Adult Education student in particular was so moved by the experience, that they wanted to write a thank you letter (pictured above) with the help of a tutor. 

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Holiday Pint Night at New Belgium

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A Corporate Culture of Generosity

Because New Belgium Brewing is 100% employee owned, and Liquid Center workers are full-time, benefited employees, all tips are donated to nonprofits. Employees have the opportunity to nominate tip donation recipients throughout the year. The Literacy Council is honored that our Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program was chosen as the recipient of tips made between Nov. 27 and Dec. 5. We are using this generous gesture as an excuse to host a holiday pint night! 

Pint Night Details

Monday, Dec. 4, 5:30-8pm
New Belgium Tasting Room
 
Literacy Council staff, board, volunteers, donors, and friends are invited to join us for this informal gathering. Tip generously because 100% will go to the Literacy Council’s Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program! If you cannot come the evening of Dec. 4, please stop by anytime between Monday, Nov. 27 and Tuesday, Dec. 5. During that period, all tips will be donated to the Literacy Council.
Partnering with nonprofit organizations and community involvement have always been a big part of New Belgium. It’s so important to us to show up authentically in the communities where we do business, to give back to those who have supported us along the way, and to advocate for a future that’s bright for all.”
– New Belgium Brewing

 

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