It is common in the non-profit world for organizations to face challenges in keeping institutional technology up to date. With mission-critical expenses stretching funds to their max, upgrades to computer systems can be difficult to afford, let alone redesigning and relaunching a website. This is unfortunate because in the quest for visibility, volunteers, partnerships and […]
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The AmeriCorps members serving BEACON help provide much needed support for the entire program. BEACON receives two AmeriCorps members annually through a partnership with Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV); LCNV is the manager and fiscal agent of the AmeriCorps grant. AmeriCorps strengthens communities and develops leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. BEACON […]
BEACON enjoys a solid and dedicated network of site partners who consistently support our program objectives while serving their respective immigrant communities by offering free classroom space and generous support for the teacher volunteers. Currently, all of BEACON’s ESOL, Citizenship, Pre-GED, and Financial Literacy classes are held at local churches. Nestled in the heart of […]
What is involved in becoming a citizen? How does BEACON help? Many people wonder why more immigrants don’t become U.S. citizens. After all, how hard can it be? In fact, it can be extremely hard. The application form is 21 pages long and asks very detailed questions; it is challenging for a native English speaker, […]
Greetings to all our friends and supporters of BEACON. 2015 has been a very exciting and productive year for BEACON. In 2015 we received over $140,000 in foundation grants. Over 90% of these funds were allocated to direct services—educating students and supporting our volunteers. In Program Year 2014-2015, we set out to improve systems and […]
Deep peace, the kind that transforms the soul and ripples outward into the world, is not guaranteed in this life. Benedictine Sister Dolores Dean knows what it’s like to obtain such a gift, to lose it and then — nearly a lifetime later — come home to it for good.
The mission of BEACON began in 1992, with just one volunteer: founder Sister Eileen Heaps of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. She taught English to 3 members of the Bristow monastery’s staff in a cozy nook within the facility, once a week.
English literacy is a crucial step for any immigrant building a life in America. From the most basic steps of acquiring housing to the more complex goal of stable employment, thriving in a community absolutely requires the ability to communicate with that community – and, for those needing assistance, communication is a prerequisite for getting help.
Strengthening American communities through dedication and hard work is one of the founding principles of one of our country’s finest civil society programs: AmeriCorps.
Based on the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, every year, thousands of AmeriCorps service members are trained and sent into communities to develop new partnerships, and help create and support programs that strengthen American communities in need.
Over 1,000 adults have received ESOL instruction and over 300 people have volunteered in some capacity to support our mission and scope of work. Sometimes I am in awe of what our dedicated staff has accomplished. We are blessed to have so many professionals dedicate a piece of their lives to volunteer service, working with our students and volunteers and supporting staff in all areas of program delivery and management.
BEACON for Adult Literacy
9535 Linton Hall Road
Bristow, VA 20136
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- BEACON Electronic Newsletter Fall 2018October 12, 2018 - 2:12 pm
Come learn to dance Salsa and help BEACON students! Saturday, October 13th, 2018 9 to midnight, first hour is a Salsa lesson El Rey Tolteca Restaurant, 8412 Sudley Rd., Manassas $15/person purchase online or at the door. Can’t make it? Donate here. Meet Mohamed Mohamed carries with him a remarkable life […]
- Winter 2018 Electronic NewsletterDecember 19, 2017 - 4:19 pm
Could you pass the Citizenship Test? BEACON Students Can! Meet Some & Try It for Yourself. Help BEACON Students Build a Future of Hope: Double Your Donation – Join the Match Campaign Today! BEACON provides literacy and citizenship classes to an average 350 adult learners each year. A generous donor has pledged to match contributions […]
From the Executive Director:
- Letter from the Director: Winter 2016December 20, 2016 - 4:36 pm
Greetings! BEACON for Adult Literacy, like many Adult Education literacy organizations across the country, is undergoing change. The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) has shifted education (at all levels) to have a strong focus on job readiness skills and career pathways. While any change can be challenging, BEACON is approaching the future with optimism and […]
- BEACON Fall AppealSeptember 30, 2016 - 7:49 pm
Dear BEACON friend: “I can’t believe I did it. When I came here I didn’t have any education; this is what is beautiful about America, I am doing many things now, I have a good job, and I can get an education.” Maria is BEACON’s latest inductee into US Citizenship. She came to the United […]