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A record-breaking season for volunteer trainings!
A picture of volunteer tutor Bill, his wife Carol and student Fadumo
“People seem hungry to do something, to make a difference,” says Andrea Echelberger, training coordinator at the literacy council.

The numbers don’t lie — since December,  almost 90 people have completed a tutor training, with over 20 people added to the waitlist. Our New Volunteer Info Sessions have also drawn record numbers, more than tripling between early and mid-November and increasing steadily since then. 
For Susan Moss, a desire to do meaningful work after retirement along with her own experience learning a second language drew her to volunteering at Open Door Learning Center, where she’s learning just as much as her students. Recently, Minnesota Women’s Press wrote a story about Susan’s work. Read the full article.
    
Whether it’s a contentious election, seeing the need in their communities or something more personal that inspires people to give back, we (and our students) have been moved by the surge in volunteerism. This year we're adding more trainings and in-service workshops, including sessions that cover special topics such as learning disabilities and immigration. Volunteers are vital to the success of students and literacy programs!

Want to get involved?
Visit https://mnliteracy.org/volunteer (or check out the Join us! section below.) 

Want to share your own volunteer story?
Email it to lhummel@mnliteracy.org or tag us on social media: @mnliteracy
3 thank yous!
{Our work is possible thanks to your generous support for literacy.}
A picture of Winter Tales event readers and their teacher
THANK YOU TO...
past and present board members, volunteers, staff, students and donors as we celebrate our 45th anniversary as a nonprofit! We started because a group of volunteers recognized that if one person teaches someone to read, and that person teaches someone to read, a movement will begin.
 
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THANK YOU TO...
the dedicated and hard-working students in our Medical Admin Technician bridge program at St. Catherine University. After attending on-campus classes taught by our own Eloise Teisberg, all seven women enrolled graduated with their MAT certificate! 
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THANK YOU TO...
Barnes & Noble Bookstores (Calhoun and HarMar locations) for hosting a holiday book drive during the month of December. Generous shoppers donated a whopping 6,517 children's books to the literacy council-- that's a lot of bedtime stories!
 
Join us!
{Upcoming events and other ways you can get involved.}
One-time volunteer opportunities

Would you like to volunteer but don't have the time for an ongoing commitment? Are you a current volunteer looking for a quick way to give back? Consider a one-time volunteer opportunity!
We are currently seeking individuals or small groups to: Interested? Learn more and get started today!
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