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CIELO wins Library of Congress State Literacy Award

by Dianna Torres-Angulo

​March 3, 2020, · Secretary of State News Release OLYMPIA — CIELO, a nonprofit organization in Olympia that provides literacy support and resources to immigrant and refugee communities in the South Sound, recently received a Library of Congress State Literacy Award for their contributions to the promotion of literacy and reading in the state. The organization was nominated by the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and a partnership between The Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. “I enthusiastically applaud all of the staff and the more than 150 volunteers at CIELO for receiving this well-deserved award,” said Cindy Aden, Washington State Librarian. “CIELO is a bright light in the community and is the only source for comprehensive all-ages literacy in the entire South Sound region. Even more remarkable is their holistic approach to service, creating strong community bonds and addressing other critical needs for individuals and families.” CIELO offers free English-language learner, adult basic education, General Education Development prep, sewing, and certified computer courses. During adult classes, preschool activities for ages 3 through 5 and Homework Club for ages 6 through 17 are provided. Beyond literacy and education courses, CIELO also offers free mental health and crime victim advocate services. “We at CIELO are elated and humbled to be one of the ten national recipients of the Library of Congress Literacy Award! The innovative use of dedicated volunteers multiplied the impact and made the education programs possible,” said Dianna Torres Angulo, outreach coordinator for CIELO. “This really is a testament to what can be accomplished when a community comes together.” The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program honors nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States or abroad. Only 10 organizations will be awarded nationwide in 2020. Since 2013, the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program has awarded $1.9 million in prizes to 120 institutions in 35 countries.


CIELO provides vital support and resources for refugees and immigrants in the South Sound. Our diverse staff knows the challenge of settling in a new land because many of them have done it for themselves. We offer educational, counseling, and advocacy services. These services empower immigrants to realize their dreams. Families and individuals from all nations are welcome.

CIELO provee apoyo y recursos vitales para refugiados e inmigrantes en el South Sound. Nuestro diverso personal conoce los retos de establecerse en nuevas tierras porque muchos de ellos lo han vivido personalmente. Ofrecemos servicios educativos, consejería e intercesoría. Estos servicios empoderan a nuestras comunidades inmigrantes a realizar sus sueños. Familias e individuos de todas las naciones son bienvenidos.

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