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The goal in the English as a Second Language program at Moraine Valley Community College is to provide quality English language instruction for students whose native language is not English. They want to help prepare students for further academic study, employment, professional advancement and personal enrichment.
There are opportunities for people to volunteer in assisting the community ESL classes at Moraine Valley. ESL Friends Circle, ESL Conversation Group, and the citizenship classes through this department can all make use of student volunteers through special arrangement. It is an amazing opportunity to work with a diverse population of people in a way that truly changes lives.
The video below shares the experiences of several ESL and GED students from Moraine Valley Community College who participated in a Caregiver Bridge Program. Learn more about the college’s Learning Enrichment and College Readiness programs by visiting http://www.morainevalley.edu/EnrichmentPrograms.
People are the heart of Erie. At the heart of their organization are the people and families within Erie and in those communities they serve; it’s because of that that they have withstood the test of time. The mission of Erie is to promote a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action. The core values that guide their mission include affirming the dignity and capacity of all persons to reach their fullest potential, strengthening the voice of the disenfranchised, embodying a spirit of service and respect, and promoting social change by forging creative solutions.
Erie House has been working hard to help immigrants in Chicago for the past 145 years. There programs are very well respected and comprehensive, and there is plenty of opportunity for one to get involved.
See their volunteer page for a partial list of the volunteer opportunities available across their multiple Chicago sites, and contact them directly for more information.
Exodus World Service transforms the lives of refugees and volunteers. They educate churches about refugee ministry, connect volunteers with newly arriving refugees through practical service projects, and equip leaders to speak up on behalf of refugees. The end result is that wounded hearts are healed, loneliness is replaced with companionship, and fear is transformed into hope.
Exodus World Service offers many programs and services for refugees and for volunteers to get involved. One such program is their Welcome to America program.
Refugees leave behind friends, family and possessions when they escape persecution. They bring with them little more than the clothes they are wearing and a few personal belongings.
Through the Welcome to America! Pack program, you can provide a warm welcome for one of these courageous families when they arrive in our community. Turn their first apartment into a home by collecting and delivering all of the basic household items needed for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen and a first month’s supply of food staples.
This volunteer opportunity is is good for families and groups of all sizes. Exodus also offers a range of educational opportunities for a group to help understand the refugee crisis before jumping into a larger service project. More information on all their programs is available from their web site.