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Barb first volunteered as a tutor in the early 90’s, but had to leave when her career demands increased. She re-engaged with LVGH in 2016, never forgetting how ESOL tutoring clicked with two of her passions: meaningful communication between people, and inclusion of all peoples in the greater community. Currently tutoring a basic level ESOL class, Barb loves to witness the motivation and dedication of her very diverse group of students. “I have donated to LVGH for several years because I know the work there makes a difference in many students’ lives. I also know that my donation will directly help students reach their individual goals and dreams, which in turn also benefits their community.”
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A tutor since 2010, Aliina currently serves as LVGH Board Chair. As an engaged volunteer, she knows the importance of contributing her time and expertise. As a donor, she knows she can leverage her impact as a volunteer by investing in the future of our community. “Tutoring at LVGH, I’ve found common ground about family, politics, and careers with people whose backgrounds couldn’t be more different from my own. But I’ve also realized how many of the rules that I take for granted are unwritten. My English class has as much to do with navigating life in the United States as it does with grammar and pronunciation. I donate annually to ensure as many students as possible have the opportunity to gain the language and life skills that they need to succeed.”
While many of us saw our daily lives as we knew them come to a halt during this pandemic, Charming’s life only got busier. She was working full-time in a nursing home, taking several evening classes with LVGH on Zoom, and waking up each day at 3 AM to study and then do it all again. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate as a student and employee, she decided to add to the list citizen of the United States of America.
Charming moved to the U.S. from Jamaica in 2010, and was here for a few months before deciding to start Basic Literacy classes at LVGH. She says the hardest part about living here with limited literacy skills was the vulnerability. “I couldn’t do an application without having someone help me, so I was always scared to do applications. When you need to rely on others to read for you- signs, paperwork, anything- you can’t ever be sure that they’re telling you the correct thing.”
“I was a bit insecure starting out”, she admits. “I made the effort because I said “this is for me.” I started attending LVGH two times a week. My tutor encouraged me by saying, “no matter what people say about you, just do you. Coming to LVGH helped me to start feeling like I could do things for myself. Talking with Rose and the tutors at school, it gave me more confidence, it gave me more of me.”
When she passed her citizenship test last month, it really solidified for Charming that all of her hard work had been worth it. “I just felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” she said. “Going from working on farms in Jamaica to where I am now in the States- I really never saw myself in this position. I feel so blessed”.
For Anna, who has been a student at LVGH since 2011, the closing of our office due to the COVID-19 pandemic took some getting used to. “It wasn’t easy being at home all day and not being in class”, Anna said of that first month before she started online learning. “I was just reading books a lot. So now I am ahead of everyone in book club.”
On any given day, whether it was attending a class or working in the computer lab, you were more likely to find Anna in the office than not. So now, it makes perfect sense that she is taking advantage of just about every online class she can fit into her newly open schedule. “I’m taking two literacy classes and two book clubs,” she told me, before clarifying: “Well, three literacy classes. The one I took last night is new for me.”
Anna moved up to Connecticut from Maryland nine years ago, following an even bigger move from The Gambia a few years prior. She enrolled at LVGH with a goal to improve her reading and writing, and says as long as she keeps improving, she’ll keep coming in. “LVGH feels like a full-time school to me,” she said. “I have the option to take as many classes as I want. If I miss one, there are two or three more I can go to.”
“I miss you guys”, she told us on Zoom when asked about how she’s handling being away from the office. “I call it more like a family to me because everyone is welcoming to everyone. That’s what I miss most all the time. You love your family, but at the same time, people you’re around so much can become your family members. You count them as your own family. That’s what I miss about LVGH”.
We couldn’t agree more! But while we’re safely staying virtual, Anna’s favorite part about online learning? “Everyone is on time!” She laughed, adding, “Coming back online and seeing everyone was a great thing. But now,” she said, holding up an Agatha Christie novel, “I’m going to go read my book before class.”