Our thanks to all the businesses and individuals who are supporting our Flags for Heroes fundraiser:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eastern Shore Literacy Council
Contact: Rose Rulon, email@example.com
September 29, 2020
Literacy Council Announces Flags for Heroes
Melfa, VA. – American flags flying in the wind can be a breathtaking sight. Be part of our tribute to the heroes in our lives, past and present. This is your chance to honor your personal hero and celebrate those who have inspired you. Heroes can be anyone you know or have known. Heroes include, but are not limited to military, first-responders, or other personal heroes, friends, family members, health professionals, clergy, or anyone who has been a hero in your life. Each flag on display at the Eastern Shore Family YMCA will be identified with your name and the name of your hero. Flags will be on display starting November 7.
Flags for Heroes is organized and presented by the Eastern Shore Literacy Council, a 501c(3) non-profit organization. Flag sponsorships provide funding that allows the Literacy Council to continue to provide free tutoring to adults over the age of 18 who want to improve reading skills through two programs, Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Three flag sizes are available and sponsorship forms can be either downloaded from the link below or found at many local businesses. Pick up a form at
Honor a hero in your life. Reserve your flag today. Deadline is October 20.
This year, our annual campaign is featuring our learner Asuman. Please read her story and contribute and/or volunteer with ESLC so we can continue supporting learners such as she.
Taking into consideration the health and safety of all who are a part of our Spell Rite Spelling Bee, we have made the decision to cancel the event scheduled for September 25.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the event in April 2021.
We wish everyone continued good health and safety during these challenging times.
We are researching ways to reach our learners without face to face interaction so that we are able to continue our mission to improve Literacy on the Shore. We need your help in identifying ways that we can do that-given the spotty internet service here. We have used Zoom successfully with DSL and fiber but are unsure if that would work using satellite services. If you have used Zoom or another visual networking solution via satellite internet can you please let us know how it worked? Have you used a service with a community "hot spot"? Any advice is welcome and much appreciated.
Please read this important information and share it on your personal Facebook pages. This is a terrible response rate and will impact our future.
"Local Census2020 response as of 5/10/2020
Accomack – 31.8%- Northampton – 35.1%
The final response 2010 was 35% Accomack and 36.3 Northampton.
It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census while being safe and practicing social distancing at home via online or via calling 844-330 2020. Once you have responded, please encourage your family, friends, and loved ones to complete the census via social media and emails The less people respond – the more volunteers will have to visit people at home – not a good idea.
Responding to the census is important because it helps inform funding for key public services for your community like libraries, education programs and schools, hospitals and healthcare, roads and bridges, and emergency and disaster response. Encourage people to respond online at https://my2020census.gov/
Want to see your town response rate? Go to above website, click on top left “Get the facts” pull down menu and select “Response map”. Choose Virginia then either City or County.
This information is courtesy of University of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Foundation.
Are you shocked by these statistics? We are always looking for tutors and now is a great time to email us if you are interested. Once we are all out and about again we will need new tutors for our learners.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Eastern Shore Literacy Council Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rose Rulon as Executive Director. Rose comes to the Literacy Council with over 20 years of work experience with local non-profit organizations, including the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce and ESVA Tourism Commission, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. Since retiring as Business Director at the Eastern Shore Family YMCA in 2015, Rose has been working part-time at YMCA Camp Silver Beach.
“This is a time of opportunity and growth for the Eastern Shore Literacy Council. Rose brings with her the talents, enthusiasm and confidence needed to move the organization forward,” stated Steve Doan, Board President.
Rose said, “Literacy is more than just reading. It’s about increasing knowledge and it’s about succeeding. I’m excited to be working with an energetic board of directors, staff, volunteers, tutors and most of all the learners, as we build on 34 years of service to the community and continue developing programs and partnerships to provide free tutoring opportunities for adults needing to improve literacy skills.”
The Eastern Shore Literacy Council provides adults over the age of 18, with the very lowest literacy levels, tutoring through two programs: Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). All instruction is free. After successful completion of ESLC programs, learners are eligible to take GED and other programs offered by the Eastern Shore Community College.