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Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 VALF Grant Opportunity

The next round of VALF grants opportunities will be February 22. Watch for the announcement early in 2019.

If you want to know more about adult literacy and VALF email Sandy Newell

Sandy will be hosting an online Library Literacy Grant Discussion on January 30, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Eastern time. If you want to join the discussion, contact Sandy for the registration information.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


To:  Adult Volunteer Literacy Groups and Other Interested Parties 

We, the Board Members of Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida (VALF) are aware of the situation at our southern border, particularly the separation of children from their parents.
If we can be of any help during this difficult time and in the future, please contact us; we will do anything we can to help you, your community-based organization, and your learners. One of our board members, Mary Quijano, has offered to answer any questions she possibly can. Please feel free to contact her ( with questions you have related to this matter.
In this spirit of providing information, here is a list of 2018 United States legislators and a link to contact Florida legislators for you, your learners, and other interested parties.
Members of Congress (Florida)
U.S. Senate
Rubio, Marco — (R — FL)
284 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Nelson, Bill — (D — FL)
(202) 224-5274
Email Bill Nelson
U.S. House of Representatives
To Find Your Elected Officials in Florida
The 'Find Your Representative' system will take your address supplied and deliver your State House Member, State Senate Member, United States Congressional Member and supply details on the United States Senate members.

Please supply your street address and your city to locate your elected officials:
See also "State Legislators"
If you are in the Military and stationed outside of Florida, please select 'Military Personnel' in the list of topics below and fill out the form with your Florida address ...Washington, DC Office · ‎Miami Office · ‎Orlando Office · ‎Tampa Office

In addition to communicating with government officials’ office personnel, you can also contact a local law library, your public library, Florida Rural Legal Services, or community literacy programs for possible assistance. Finally, consider telephoning the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at the numbers listed below. Their website is


ALCU of Florida:  850-429-9128 (located in Pensacola)
Helpline Number: +1 786-363-2700 (call by touch)
Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center: (305) 573-1106 
The ACLU has compiled a list of phone numbers and other organizations where you may be able to get further assistance. For this, go to

The mission of Volunteers for Adult Literacy in Florida is to enhance and promote the abilities of individuals and organizations to provide direct and indirect literacy instruction to adults and families in need.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Is your literacy program involved in financial literacy programs? If so, you may want to check out this article in US News and World Report in 2015.

7 Apps to Teach Your Kids Personal Finance Skills

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Adult Literacy Grant Opportunity

Below is the link to the Volunteers for Adult Literacy grant application. A draft is due March 29 with the final due the end of April. 

You get an extra 20 points when your application is scored if you turn in something by March 29.  

One of our VALF board members will review your daft and advise you on how to improve it.

Please share this with anyone you think will be interested.


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Grant Opportunity

Apply for a VALF grant

Draft is due March 29.  A board member will review your draft and contact you with feedback on how to revise it. The final application is due April 30, 2018.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Library Literacy Grant

If your library is within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, apply for an American Dream@ Your Library $10,000 grant by January 2, 2018.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017 VALF Grant Winner

VALF is pleased to announce that a $500 grant was awarded to Horton International Ministries this year.

Watch for the next VALF grant announcement to be posted. VALF provides grant writing advice along with the chance to be awarded a grant as part of our services for members. This grant program was first started in honor of Jack Newell for all of his hard work in starting up and advocating for volunteer literacy programs in Florida.