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In this eNewsletter, we shared about resources for talking about the COVID vaccine in your community, welcomed new staff and Board members, and announced upcoming events and professional development.

If you’ve ever traveled to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, you know firsthand just how intimidating it can be. That struggle is the daily reality of many immigrants to the United States.

Luckily, there are incredible resources available. The Literacy Council of Sheboygan County serves as an international touchstone in their community, helping adults feel more at home.

This is their story.

Degly came to the Literacy Council of Sheboygan County to learn to read, write, and converse better in English. He worked with his tutor Larry for five years, showing perseverance and determination to achieve his goals.

This past year, Degly received several raises at his job, was promoted to foreman, and became the company interpreter. 

This is his story.

Nestled in the heart of Milwaukee’s vibrant neighborhoods, the parishes of St. Michael’s and St. Rose combined their resources to nurture the souls, minds, and bodies of their community. The literacy program focuses on the whole person - their family living, medical needs, and employment.

This is their story.

In this eNewsletter, we shared about how mothers wire their child's brain for future learning, the new Emergency Broadband Benefit, and job positions.

Born in a refugee camp in Thailand, Sunday Paw immigrated to the United States when she was twenty years old. She studied for her citizenship test while her daughters played around her.

On May 5, 2020, she became a U.S. Citizen and voted for the first time last year.

Her determination inspired her daughter Julianna, a 4K student who insists on reading independently, creating the story as she goes.

West CAP, an innovative, forward thinking community action organization serving low-income families, is recruiting a full-time Literacy Leader in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA. This position is for a one-year term beginning August 2021. You will help West CAP Literacy rebuild their Adult Literacy Program to recover from the impact of COVID-19. Help them renew their literacy program and make it better than ever!

The English Language Learning (ELL) Class Program Manager is responsible for the successful operation of Literacy Green Bay's ELL classes. Ability to communicate in at least an intermediate level of Spanish is preferred.

With volunteer dedication, they are 27 years strong. "I’m proud of the dedication of our tutors especially during the pandemic this past year. We navigated tutoring virtually with willingness and a can do spirit,” says Melody Boyd, Board Chair and tutor.

This is their story.

In this eNewsletter, we shared tips for national volunteer month and upcoming regional meetings.

Raised working in the family business, Matt developed a strong work ethic from a young age. However, he was limited in opportunities to grow professionally.

He improved his reading and writing skills to better manage his landscape and supplies business.

Volunteers brighten the lives of students around Wisconsin and make staff lives much easier, too. Whether they are tutors, trainers, office assistants, board members or even cookie bakers, literacy instruction would be hard-pressed to happen without them.

Learn about the history of volunteerism in America and tips on how to thank your volunteers.

Wisconsin Literacy received a COVID-19 Community Outreach Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The goal of the project will be to address COVID-19 information, misinformation and vaccination hesitancy in 35 communities statewide. 

The position assists in the coordination and delivery of English Language Learning and Adult Basic Education services. The position helps coordinate all aspects of the English Language Learning and Adult Education programs, including learner recruitment, evaluations, matching learners with tutors, and on-going support of the matched pairs. The position also provides support necessary in the daily operations of Fox Valley Literacy. The Adult Literacy Specialist works as part of a team with other staff and volunteers to help carry out the mission of Fox Valley Literacy.

"The students are the most important asset we have," shares Oscar Mireles, Executive Director of Omega School.

Omega School helps adults prepare for the GED who either don’t have the skills, parental support, and financial support to take and pay for the test. They remove as many barrier as possible to help their students find success.

The Health Literacy Project Manager will help provide advice, technical assistance, and leadership in planning, developing, and evaluating statewide health literacy strategies and interventions directed toward a broad audience including health and social service professionals, literacy professionals, and healthcare consumers. The Project Manager will also assist in developing and implementing fee-for-service contracts.

Go to the full position description for more information and to apply by March 19, 2021

In this eNewsletter, we shared about The Big Share, a new Wisconsin Health Literacy job postings, and the COABE virtual conference.

Listen to the program broadcast where you’ll hear from:

-- one of our library partners about how our Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust workshop impacted their community; and
-- Dr. Bethany Howlett about online information related to COVID and resources that can help you.

In this issue, you will read about our new material for high school classes, medication label project extension, and our program supporting unpaid caregivers.

Our member spotlight shines on Buffalo-Pepin Literacy Alliance. Their "Do Good," positive attitude during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in growth of both volunteers and learners.

Christine missed a lot of information during school because she didn't have hearing aids. Now, she's working on her writing and speech and gaining more self-confidence at Buffalo-Pepin Literacy Alliance.

This is her story.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the widening digital divide and the increasing concern with accessing credible health information.

Based on the success of Wisconsin Health Literacy’s (WHL) Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) will work with WHL to develop videos, program guides, and virtual learning series to address the digital divide nationally.

In this eNewsletter, we shared upcoming events such as the Winter Virtual Conference, The Big Share, advocacy request, and ProLiteracy's Workforce Atlas.

Marathon County Literacy Council, Inc. (McLit) is hiring an Instructional and Office Assistant to provide tutoring and to monitor students in an instructional setting, using prepared materials, computers, computer software using audio, video, and hard copy resources. Click for full job description.

For McLit (Marathon County Literacy Council), literacy is not just about reading and writing, but about learning directly from the people served as well. “You get right in their lives when you are doing literacy. You can make a difference to change their lives for the good. That’s part of our mission.” Connie Heidemann, Executive Director of McLit said.

This is their story.