Monday, 22 of December of 2014

Thank you to our AMAZING Community Literacy Partners!

Thanks to all of you who have partnered with us this year to create a more literate community!  Because of YOU and your gifts of time and money this year, our learners are reading to their children, speaking to their neighbors, finding better jobs, and building a stronger community.

Not a Community Literacy Partner yet?  It’s easy to become a partner or renew your partnership.  A donation of $25 will purchase a literacy book or help with the cost of tutoring.  Use our easy online donation form here.

Interested in volunteering? Call 540.433.0505 or email for more information and upcoming tutor training dates.

Skyline Literacy Programs Manager Nelly Shenk (middle) with new citizens Maria (left) and Rosalba

Skyline Literacy Programs Manager Nelly Shenk (middle) with new citizens Maria (left) and Rosalba

On “Becoming American”

Listen here to a behind-the-scenes podcast about the creation of WMRA’s Becoming American series, featuring Skyline Literacy’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Girvan!


Posted November 3, 2014

All Paths Lead Here: An Oath, and Citizenship

Meet Aziz. After spending most of his life in Baghdad, he eventually settled down right here in Harrisonburg, VA. Read about his successful journey toward American citizenship, here!


Posted October 22, 2014

Will the Studying Pay Off? Taking the Citizenship Test

Meet Ofelia Correa: After 21 years of being in the United States from Mexico, she passed her citizenship test on September 25th!

Read about her journey toward American citizenship, here!


Posted October 14, 2014

Learning Civics: On the Road to Citizenship

“No matter your culture, no matter your country, no matter how you were raised, no matter the circumstances, basically, everybody’s the same. They care about their family. They care about freedom. And they care about having a good life, a better life, and they’re all striving for that.”
-Mary Helen Purcell

Read about Skyline’s very own learner, Leul Yohannes and his successful journey from Eritrea to the United States, here.


Posted October 8, 2014

From Burma the the Valley: A Refugee’s Story

Meet one of our very own citizenship students, Nkhai Nang Bu Tang Bau! Read about her incredible journey as a refugee from Burma to the Shanandoah Valley, here.











Posted October 1, 2014

CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union 70th

Anniversary Community Challenge


Great news! Skyline Literacy has been invited to participate in the CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union 70th Anniversary Community Challenge ( This is a great opportunity for our organization to earn a donation of $7,000 from CommonWealth One.

What is the Community Challenge?

  • It’s an effort to save people in our community $700,000 in loan interest by December 31, 2014.
  • It’s accomplished by refinancing credit cards, personal loans, auto loans, or mortgages from other financial institutions to CommonWealth One at lower interest rates. The amount you save contributes toward meeting the $700,000 goal.
  • When the $700,000 goal is met, CommonWealth One will donate $7,000 to Skyline Literacy.

Here’s how you can help Skyline Literacy earn $7,000: Visit the CommonWealth One Community Challenge website: Use their free Loan Saver tool to see if you can save money by refinancing a loan to CommonWealth One to help meet the goal. Just visit and see, no obligation whatsoever, but you may come away saving money while earning us a great donation!

The Results of Our Play for Literacy SCRABBLE® Tournament

Play for Literacy

Thank you all for coming out on Sunday to Play for Literacy!

We had a great time and we raised some funds to help support adult learners in this community.

A Big Thank You to Our Event Sponsors This Year:

Cross Keys Mill Creek Ruritan Club

IDM Trucking, Inc.


Starbucks @ James Madison Square

Visit our Play for Literacy page and watch our Facebook page

for information on the next tournament!

Posted on January 13, 2014

You Made It Pottery Fun-raiser!

You Made It logo

Skyline Literacy “Fun-raiser” at You Made It!

163 South Main Street, Harrisonburg

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 — 4 pm–7 pm

Tell Joan or David that you are with Skyline Literacy, and 15% of your purchase will help adult literacy programs.

Don’t have time to create?  Buy your piece between 4-7, come back when it is convenient for you!

Posted November 30, 2013

Skyline Literacy presents challenges of immigrant women and professional careers

Skyline Literacy Meets AAUW

Skyline Literacy teamed up with the AAUW (American Association of University Women) to discuss obstacles faced by  university-educated immigrant/refugee women.   Laura Zarrugh, member of AAUW and the Skyline Literacy Board President, along with Elizabeth Girvan, SL Executive Director, presented a round table discussion.

Five area university-educated immigrant women spoke of the obstacles they face when trying to find employment in their chosen careers after moving to the United States.

Read more of the story here:

Posted September 14, 2013