I know that many of you have questions regarding our state funding situation. I have put together a Q & A using questions that have been recently asked. Should you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to call me. My cell number is 828-708-5480. I am always available to sit down and talk with you. We thank you for your engagement and support.
Q: Why is BRLC losing State funding?
A: We receive state funding as a sub-grantee of the NC Community College system (NCCCS). The original funds are provided to the NCCCS by the Federal Government. Beginning in July 2019, NCCCS will use a new funding formula to allocate the federal funds. This new funding formula will impact smaller more rural organizations such as ours.
Do you know someone who may enjoy getting involved in BRLC? Participants at our next orientation will be entered into a drawing to win a prize! Tutors who bring a guest will also be entered into a separate drawing. So, spread the love and bring a friend to our next orientation on Wednesday, February 14 at the Hendersonville Public Library in the Kaplan Auditorium!
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we've raised a total of $1,200! Your donations give Blue Ridge Literacy Council an extra thousand dollars to support our mission to transforming lives through our programs. We could not have done this without our committed volunteers and donors. Thank you to all who are involved in Blue Ridge Literacy Council for always going beyond the call.
This fall, BRLC was lucky to have Whipp and Lita join our amazing family of volunteers. They heard about BRLC from Pastor Greg Williams at Grace Lutheran Church and began volunteering this fall. Lita, a "second career" ESL teacher, began volunteering with our new Family Literacy program; Whipp, who was a high school history teacher, then began tutoring a citizenship group.
"The fundamental reason we joined is that we both believe in the mission of BRLC..." they said. "The adult learners in the BRLC program are an amazing group of people. So many of them are working hard to build a better life for themselves and their children!"
Originally Whipp and Lita had planned not to volunteer with the same organization. However, BRLC had two programs that spoke to their differing interests and backgrounds.
"We really like what we do - and love to talk about our different work over dinner. That's just another reason why this is such a good fit!"
Thank you, Whipp and Lita, for all you do!
I recently attended the Proliteracy Conference where I was able to learn from colleagues across the US. One of the sessions I attended was led by a leader of ValueUSA. An adult learner himself, Marty, reminded me that our students have many talents, skills, and resources. Our students are at the heart of what we do, we are learner-centered. Our students may lack literacy and/or English skills, but they do not lack the potential to be leaders among us. That is why we have started our Student Advisory committee, a group of student leaders who will help to ensure we are helping everyone we serve reach their full potential. These students will be the voice of our adult learners as our Board begins its strategic planning process this fall.