10 results for tag: volunteer


NALC Receives EVE Certification

The Nashville Adult Literacy Council has been re-certified with the Excellence in Volunteer Engagement (EVE) designation by Hands On Nashville and the Center for Nonprofit Management

Meet the Staff: Patty Swartzbaugh

Patty Swartzbaugh started working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2009 as a volunteer tutor in the One-on-One Program. She worked with an English learner for two years and loved introducing her learner to American customs. During this time, Patty started working part time helping the NALC staff enroll learners in English classes around Nashville. In 2011, Patty started as a full time employee, taking on the role of Program Manager. As Program Manager, Patty is in charge of all of the English, English Language Civics, and Citizenship classes we offer at the NALC. Today we are proud to offer 11 English classes, 4 EL Civics classes, ...

Meet the Staff: Julie Kramer

Julie Kramer started volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 2003. As an English tutor in the One-on-One Program, she felt like she had discovered her true passion in life. She grew to admire the learners she worked with and loved helping them achieve their goals. After several years, she decided to change her focus and volunteered in the Start Now Program. Next, Julie joined NALC staff as a part time small group leader for a literacy class at the Board of Probation & Parole, and later worked a few evenings each week at the West Nashville Office helping conduct assessments for new learners. In 2011, Julie started as the ELL ...

Meet the Staff: Sarah Coode

Sarah Coode began volunteering with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council in 1996. After having volunteered with a Knoxville literacy program during college, she was happy to be tutoring in this capacity once again. Sarah volunteered for five years, until she was hired as Literacy Specialist in 2001. As Literacy Specialist, Sarah is responsible for enrolling each of the new literacy learners who enter our program. The literacy enrollment process is a long one, and allows her to become very familiar with the many facets to a person's reading skills. Sarah also serves as the primary contact for One-on-One Tutors who work with literacy learners. She ...

Meet the Staff: Crystal Gimesh

Crystal Gimesh started as a volunteer in 2009 fulfilling an internship requirement with Belmont University. Prior to volunteering, she had no idea that anything like this program existed. Crystal enjoyed volunteering in the Start Now Program so much that she continued to volunteer after her internship ended. There were innumerable days where she would arrive for her Start Now tutoring session tired, unmotivated, and frustrated about challenges in her own life only to leave refreshed and optimistic. Many of our learners are shouldering burdens much heavier than any I have experienced, while also trying to master language skills that most of us take ...

Meet the Staff: Ann Bardone

Ann Bardone first started with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in the One-on-One Program in 2004. When her learner moved, she came on as a staff member, working in the office and teaching an English class. Tutoring and teaching were very rewarding experiences, and Ann enjoyed helping others better understand life in the United States. Ann left Nashville and our program for five years while living in another state, but swiftly returned to the NALC when she moved back in 2010. As Program Assistant, her current role is varied but vital; you may see her around the office, coordinating Start Now, or helping with events. Most One-on-One ...

Meet the Staff: Meg Nugent

Executive Director Meg Nugent began working with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council as a volunteer in 1990. In addition to tutoring in the One-on-One program, she volunteered to train new tutors. After volunteering in this capacity for ten years, Meg took on the role of Executive Director at the NALC in 2000. Along with overseeing general program operations, Meg is the NALC's grant writer. She continues to facilitate training new English language volunteer tutors in the One-on-One program. Don't hesitate to say hi if you see her when you visit the West Nashville office or at community meetings and events.

Yelp Helps: Party With A Purpose

Yelp Help's 'Party with a Purpose' is set for October 22 at Rocketown, and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council is proud to be a part of it!  Your FREE admission to this fun event will include: Lively music + entertainment Tasty morsels + small bites + sweet treats Refreshing adult beverages + refreshment The opportunity to learn more about us and other nonprofits making an impact in Nashville Lastly, the party will include 'Minute to Win It' challenges to earn votes for your favorite nonprofit.   Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Welcome Chris

Here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council we have new faces coming through our doors everyday, but here's a face you'll likely be running into more than once.  We would like to give a big welcome to Chris Cornett, our new English Language Learning intern!  Chris is currently studying at Middle Tennessee State University working towards his Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, English as a Second Language.  While interning with us, Chris will be assessing new learners, tutoring learners, facilitating Conversation Clubs, as well as assisting with class enrollments.  We are so excited to have him working with us.  Welcome, Chris! ...

Volunteer Spotlight: Alys Venable

Alys Venable has been a dedicated tutor to eight learners over the course of her eight years volunteering here at the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.  She has worked with both literacy learners and English language learners in our One-on-One program and Start Now program.  She initially tutored our learners at Davidson County Drug Court, a local rehabilitation center to help individuals in the court system for a drug or alcohol related charge to better their lives. Besides the friendships that she developed with each of the learners she has worked with, Alys’ favorite part of tutoring with us is what she learned about learning.  She discovered ...