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News & Updates for December 2017

newsThis month:


Thank you, thank you... THANK YOU

We just couldn't have done it without you

we love volunteers

We’re almost there!

Last day of classes is December 16, and we're not gonna lie; the past few months have been tough. Students and tutors affected by Harvey were (understandably) a lot less regular in attendance than usual, and we worked with delayed start dates, filled a record number of subs requests, and a lot more besides.

But through it all, there was YOU. Our amazing volunteers. 

We couldn't have finished this year without you, and our gratitude knows no bounds. Thank you for all you do, and all you are. Houston's reputation for friendliness and care is because of folks just like you!


5 WINS for Literacy

You made so much success happen!

It's time to celebrate this year's WINS for Literacy! Be reminded of everything YOU made happen this year, and bask in the satisfaction of a job well done.

And then get ready to come back next year and do it all again... we still need you! 


Spring Semester at Literacy Advance

Choose your schedule now!

please noticeAs you know, we're working toward greater efficiencies, especially in the use of our classrooms.

One of the best ways to do this has been to standardize the class patterns a little more than previously, so that room use is more predictable and we can make sure classes finish before disruptions like summer vacation (when many of our students who are parents struggle to come to class regularly) and the and-of-year holiday break (when many students and volunteers travel).

So, we're getting ready for the spring semester! Here are all your options if you're coming back to tutor next year (and we hope you are!):

  • 16-week ESL classes (which meet once a week) will start between January 15 and January 27. 16-week classes can meet any day of the week (Monday through Saturday).
  • 12-week ESL classes (which meet twice a week) will start between January 15 and February 13. 12-week classes can met either Monday/Wednesday, or Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Supplemental classes will be added to the schedule once all the regular classes have been finalized.
  • ABE classes will continue on their current schedule, for now.

Need more information about your options?
You can find details by site at these links:

Got a question that the above didn't answer?

Take a look at all our tutor needs for the new year, and then if you still have questions, please get in touch with our Volunteer Manager, Maxine, or our Wilcrest Program Coordinator, Carlos (both can also be reached at 713.266.8777).


Calendar Highlights

What's ahead? Mark your calendar!

calendar2017 is almost done! 

And of course planning for 2018 is already in full swing...  Please get these important dates in your calendar now so that you don't miss out!

Saturday, December 16
Last day of classes for 2017

Wednesday, January 3
Friends of Literacy Advance:
Look out for Opening Doors, your monthly e-News!

Monday, January 15
First day of classes for 2018 - Wilcrest only
(Bay Area and Waller closed for MLK Day)

Tuesday, January 16
First day of classes for 2018 - Bay Area and Waller

Saturday, April 28
Third annual Gulf Coast Literacy Symposium:
FREE training for tutors!
Registration open now

Remember to check the calendar or our Facebook events tab for ongoing information about Literacy Advance events.


Help improve Around the World

Your ideas matter!

around the worldIt's always fabulous to see so many of our beloved volunteers at our annual Around the World celebration. And we know it means a lot to the students to spend time with their tutors in a fun and relaxed setting.

Next year we'll hold our TENTH Around the World party!  We'd love your help to make next year's Around the World the best it can be, by completing this short survey. Even if you didn't attend, we want your input...

Find the survey here, and thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!


2018 Calendars needed

Psst, got calendars? We need about 20!

wall calendarIf you've tutored at our Wilcrest, Bay Area, or Waller locations, you've probably noticed that each classroom is equipped with a wall calendar.

Well, as the year winds down, it's almost time to change our calendars. No, we can't believe it either!

If you have any 2018 wall calendars that you don't need, please pass them along to us. We need about 20 of them. Any kind will do (but we love the pretty ones)!

Please bring your spare calendars by the Wilcrest, Bay Area, or Waller offices any time you can, and we'll think of you all year round! Thank you!


Matching Gifts

Free money?! Sounds amazing!

matchingHave you looked into company matching gifts yet?

Even a few more matching gifts before the end of the year could make a significant and positive impact on the Literacy Advance budget.

Some companies match for volunteer time; some match donations; others even match for spouse time or for volunteerism on the part of their retirees.

Two of our volunteers recently managed to get their donations TRIPLED by their employer! You never know what's possible until you ask...

Please ask some questions at your workplace and let us know if you need ANY help! Contact Irene with questions: 713.266.8777.


Find more information just for volunteers:

And don't miss the Volunteer Spotlight and Student Success Spotlight!

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