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Do you want to make a difference in your community?  Join Assistance League of Northern Virginia and make a significant difference, one child at a time. As a member of our Literacy Team, you’ll help young readers improve their reading comprehension.  Students with poor reading skills have diminished prospects for success in school and thus are less likely to move up the economic ladder as adults.

We currently have reading-tutoring programs at two elementary schools in Fairfax County where we provide individualized reading practice and we’re hoping to expand our outreach.  The two programs are slightly different, reflecting each school’s preference, but both involve a weekly commitment of your time.  At one school, we provide individualized reading practice for first graders who need to improve their reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills.  At the second school, our members provide read-aloud practice for first, second, and third graders.  The kids are very appreciative and relish having the individual attention when they practice.  Plus, they are so adorable.

To help with this important effort, you must first join our chapter, then pass a background check by Fairfax County.  We need tutors and also substitutes to serve as needed.

As a member, you can also help with our other ‘hands-on’ philanthropic programs that primarily serve elementary school students, and with the many behind-the-scenes tasks that are essential to our success. In addition to our literacy efforts, we pack and deliver 1660 bags of nonperishable food to students at 6 area schools every month to provide nourishment over the weekend.  Also, we donate new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and toiletries, as requested by individual schools.  We provide heart-shaped pillows stuffed with small toys and books to comfort very young children, and donate hand-made baby blankets, hats, and books to new mothers who are being served at a local clinic.  Use this link: www.alnv.org to learn more about these important programs and how you can join and help.  The membership form is under the Volunteer Tab.  Send your questions to:  membership@alnv.org.

An ALNV volunteer helping to tutor a young student A masked ALNV volunteer helping to tutor a young student

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