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Joyce River and Mary Soehlen also re- ceived the Shining Star Stecker out not Awards for their volun- teer work. United Way of Ma- son County received the organization's Sage Award. The Shelton Ro- tary Club, the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club and the West Olympia Rotary Club shared the Lynn Busacca Literacy Advocate Award. During 2013-14, 120 volunteers donated a total of 5,300 hours, said Patty Ayala Ross, the president of Sound Learning's Board of Di- rectors. If they were paid $22.50 an hour -- a figure noted by The In- dependent Sec- tor, a coalition of nonprofits -- that would translate to al- most $12,000 in value, she said. "This is truly a grassroots organization," Ross said. "With- volunteers, we would exist." But Ross also brought up a number that con- cerns Sound Learning: The group needs $20,000 to balance its budget for this year. State funding for the program dropped about 30 percent in 2014, and the group opted to con- Journal photo by Gordon Weeks During the 2013-2014 program year, Larry Parker donated 170 hours of time and expertise to tutor adults in basic skills and GED math for the Shelton-based nonprofit Sound Learning. On Nov. 13, he was among the volunteers the organization honored at its Celebration of Success in the Johnson Library at Olympic College Shelton. At left is Shannon Klasell, a program coordinator for the group. "So there's more and tor for Sound Learning. more need for these ser- About 70 percent of the vices and less and less students in the ESOL money," Ross said. programs had fewer than In the long term, the nine years of education group wants to stabilize in their home country, itself without counting with most of them from on the state funds, Ross Mexico or Guatemala, said. she said. "We would love to For many of the strug- double the budget ... so gling students, Sound we can hire more staff," Learning is their "last she said. stop" for help, and it's But last week's event their tutors who make it was also about focusing work, said Shannon Kla- on the group's successes sell, a program coordina- this past year. tor for Sound Learning. During the 2013-14 "Because of you, these program year, Sound people have this last Learning worked with chance, and they can 231 students, 41 of them take advantage of that," in basic skills and GED she said. tinue on without an ex- preparation and 184 Along with money and ecutive director, Rossin English for Speak- tutors, Sound Learn- said. At the peak, theers of Other Languagesing needs volunteers to program received about(ESOL). serve on committees, as- $350,000 a year;" now The students received sist in the office and help ~.~ ! ........ L IJl~/. k.k.~ LUBRICANTScoMPANY its $200,000, she said. a total of 13,700 hours with its annual Spell- of instruction. GED stu- E-Bration fundraiser. I O| dent Kelly Irish had the The group also needs a highest attendance at photographer to capture We deliver 2s4 hours, and ESOL images oftutorsworking student Roberto DeLeonwith students. R I( RICES received 170 hoursofin- To contact the PA LI struction, organization, call 426- The ESOL studies fo-9733 or email staff@ We carry kerosene. Located at Sanderson Laptops cus on real-life needs, soundlearning.co. *O Jless such as communication The group's next fund- Industrial Park .,tr" *Cameras skills in the workplace, raiser is the Uncorked ,CellPhones saidJennyBlumenstein, foraCauseeventsetfor esP s. a program coordina- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. 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