Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New Adventures Await!

As the saying goes, "When one door closes, another opens."

At the time this photo was taken, I wasn't sure what my next adventure would be. In the time since, we've seen incredible social crises—a pandemic, a tanked economy, social and environmental justice movements, and for me, a big move to California during it all.

Purging decades of files at the LVWCC office. 20190408

There were a few people who periodically asked me, "Is LVWCC closing now?" And then again and again, "How about now?" For them and for all: it's official. LVWCC has closed.

We've seen a great deal of social isolation that has rendered our programs obsolete as they were. Adult literacy work is inherently social and it was designed with social proximity at the core. While I could not have known that we would soon face a pandemic that shut everything down, I always felt a sense of urgency toward making things paperless and digital. We were on the right track. And I'm still thinking of how activities of grassroots adult literacy programs would look for those who pursue them in the future.

So here we are. These are my parting words for the LVWCC community:

Serving as a volunteer and a board member for 10 years in our little grassroots organization was the experience of a lifetime. I learned so much about people, our struggles, and what it means to persevere. I have also learned what moving on entails (from such a great cause with caring people). It's difficult to move on, but we can.

We can set our minds to accomplish anything we want.

The perfect partnership is a public library and an adult literacy agency. People want to read well. They want to connect with others through their learning.

All communities should feel a responsibility to offer support services for low-level readers and limited-English speakers so they can advance. They are not at fault if they lack abilities or resources—it's our fault if they are not supported. We must use what we have been given to tip the scales in their favor so they can join us. We all deserve to have a good quality of life, and we are better when we work on literacy together: family, workplace, and community.

I'll look for ways to incorporate what I've learned in my future adventures. I hate letting anything go to waste. If you're interested, take a look: