Ever since I started The English Student, I've been planning on how to use it to do some good in this world. Even though I can't be compared to many other great blogs and websites with millions and millions of followers, I think I can still make a little difference in the world. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are!"
Before starting The English Student, I spent some time volunteering at various nonprofit organizations focused on ESL education. I discovered that the students in these communities were one of the most motivated students I'd ever met! Even though their educational level was limited and they experienced a lot of hardships in life, they were happy and always ready to keep going! They were an inspiration to me.
Learners in these places have such a desire to learn but sometimes have limited resources to help them develop and be the best they can be. I believe that all learners, no matter their background, deserve access to quality learning resources. If someone has the motivation to learn, they should never be neglected of anything that could help them!
With this in mind, I decided to start a whole year of giving back to nonprofit organizations around the world. In this new year, I'm so excited to start 'The English Student Gives Back.'
Every month in 2016, I'll be sending free posters and other resources by The English Student to nonprofit organizations that help educate the under-served, low-income, immigrant, or refugee communities.
Of course, I have to start my first Give Back in the beautiful city of Seattle where I currently live. I've chosen LITERACY SOURCE as my organization for January because they do AMAZING work building a literate community here.
Since 1986, Literacy Source has provided free classes and tutoring to low-income adults working to gain the basic literacy skills they need to thrive in life - get a better job, be more independent, feel more confident, gain more economic freedom. Whatever it may be, Literacy Source changes the lives of those who need it the most. They offer ESL classes, computer training, basic skills in reading, writing, and math. Every year, they provide over 20,000 hours of small group and individualized instructions to learners from the age of 18 to 81- all for free! Thanks to the help of over 200 loyal volunteers!
If you'd like to learn more about all the programs offered by Literacy Source, please visit their website
The good news is, I want to hear from you if you work for or study in a nonprofit organization! Send me a message and your community may be featured as the Organization of the Month this year!
Who will it be next month?!
You can find out by visiting the Give Back page every month.