Become a VITA Volunteer!

Do you enjoy working with people, learning new skills and giving back to the diverse community of Louisville? If so, WE NEED YOU!

Volunteers are needed to help prepare tax returns for community members. In partnership with the Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC), we remain committed to providing free tax filing services for the diverse community surrounding Americana. In previous years, Americana has saved participants thousands of dollars as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site.

With your help, we can continue to do so! We are in need of tax preparers, greeters, intake assistants, and interpreters. Don’t worry, you don’t need experience! Training and support will be offered to every volunteer.  Click here for the training schedule.

Our site will open for the tax season in late January and offer services through April! 

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the VITA Application and submit it to Brittany Sims at LABC. Please contact Lydia Grossman by email at lydia.grossman@americanacc.org or phone at 502-366-7813 ext. 222 for more information.

Volunteer with Americana’s Computer Class!

Are you good with computers? Do you want to help immigrants and refugees learn important professional and life skills? Participants at Americana need your help learning their way around today’s everyday tool, the computer.

Fall Computer Class: Mondays and Tuesdays September 11th – November 28th

How can you help?

ASSISTANT: Provide support to the instructor of the beginning computer skills course. This will consist of helping with set up, answering questions, and providing one-on-one assistance to students during interactive activities.
Time: Mondays 5:30pm – 7pm 

TUTOR: Work one-on-one with students to help them learn and practice specific skills such as Microsoft Office, online banking, and resume building. Provide support to the instructor and answer students’ questions during a short lesson each class.
Time: Tuesdays 5:30pm – 7pm

Interested? Email Lydia at lydia.grossman@americanacc.org.

Dreaming in Color Art Exhibit

Dreaming in Color is an opportunity to encourage and support the immigrant, refugee, and underserved young people who participate in Americana’s Youth Program. They have been creating art, writing poetry, and preparing music for months and we’d like to show off their endless talent. Stop by for just a moment or stick around to see the show. Everyone is welcome. Better yet, we hope everyone will be there.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, February 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

LOCATION

TARC’s Union Station
1000 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40230
The event is free, but please RSVP here.

DESCRIPTION

All donations will be given directly to Americana’s Summer Program, 7 weeks of education and enrichment activities during the summer for our young participants (K-12th grade). This program is free for more than 200 refugee and immigrant children where they are provided with three meals a day, educational workshops, English classes, and field trips.

There are more than 300 children enrolled in the Youth and Family Education Programs. They represent 20 countries, 15 zip codes, and 13 grades. And they all have a story. Are you listening?

DETAILS

Dooors open at 6:00PM. Performances will begin at 7:00PM. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from Common Table, a culinary training program through Catholic Charities. The event is free, but please note there will be a cash bar. Parking will be available behind the building.

Support our Creative Arts Program during February!

During the month of February, Americana is participating in the Fund for the Arts’ matching campaign that will support the Creative Arts Program – an incredibly important piece of Americana’s holistic programming. All donations up to $5,000 will be matched, so please consider giving what you can and make twice the impact! Give today at https://americana-creative-arts-program.everydayhero.com/us/americana-creative-arts-program.

The Creative Arts Program benefits youth through opportunities for the development of a healthy multi-cultural identity, for self-expression, for exploring interests and talents, and for therapeutic practices, especially in response to increased bullying and harassment that our youth have faced recently.

This year-round program has helped youth who are shy or closed off come out of their shell in art classes and students have attended special arts programs – including the Youth Performing Arts School – for arts they first explored at Americana. The youth in our programs succeed academically as well: 100% of high school seniors graduated and enrolled in college for the fourth consecutive year and youth had an average school attendance rate of almost 98% last year.

Your support will expand creative arts opportunities for more than 250 refugee, immigrant, and underserved children at Americana and will help them realize their individual potential.

Here’s a glimpse into some of the creative arts happening around Americana.

 

Spotlight on Melodie Hardison: January’s Volunteer-of-the-Month

Our volunteers are amazing. We couldn’t do this work without their help. Every month, we’d like to highlight one of our volunteers and say a very special thank you.

For January, we’d like to say a very big THANK YOU to Melodie Hardison who came every week to teach a Zumba class. The amount of joy that came from this class was powerful. We appreciate all you’ve done, Melodie.

Melodie gets a group of elementary students moving (and laughing!) with Zumba.

A message from our volunteer-of-the-month: “Hi, my name is Melodie Hardison and it has been my pleasure to volunteer as a Zumba instructor at Americana Community Center. I have been teaching Zumba for about a year now and attending classes for 3 years. I am also in my 8th year as an elementary educator. Currently, I am teaching for the Compassionate Schools Project at Gilmore Lane Elementary School. Through Zumba, I have been able to help my students learn new genres of dance, such as Cumbia, Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, and Soca. We also practice balance and coordination, but most of all we have fun without any judgment or pressure. I have enjoyed my time with the children of Americana and I hope to work with the Center in future endeavors! Thank you for the opportunity!”

Fiberworks Is Back!

After a brief hiatus, Fiberworks is back! We are pleased to welcome our new Fiberworks Artist Coordinator, Rasha Hassan, to the program and staff. Rasha has lived in the United States for 14 years and brings many artistic skills to the position from Iraq. Rasha will lead this woman’s arts and educational group to help immigrants integrate into our society. Women share their interest and talents in Fiberworks and use their final pieces of art to sell to the general public to add financial support for their families. Final pieces will include many types of art, whether crochet, knits, quilts, or sewn masterpieces, there will be a lot of ways to express talent and, at the same time, have fun. Conversations during the meetings will also help members to practice their English-speaking skills.

Women members will be able to showcase and sell their finished art pieces at numerous fairs, festivals, and other venues. Women are invited to join the group on Fridays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

We need volunteers to help with childcare on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Volunteers should have experience working with kids and preference will be given to women for the comfort of Fiberworks participants.

Volunteer at Americana during Tax Season

Make a difference for refugees, immigrants, and low-income community members as a volunteer during tax season at Americana with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program!

Are you good with computers?

Do you want to help Americana?

Would you like to learn a new skill?

YOU CAN HELP! IT’S EASY!

Volunteer Opportunities:

TAX-PREPARER: Prepare individual federal and state tax returns, help individuals understand their tax returns, answer important tax questions, provide quality service to participants

GREETER: Welcome and interview participants, make sure they have a good experience, help coordinate schedules

VOLUNTEER NOW!

Email Nic for more information at nicolas.langford@americanacc.org
Or go to www.labservices.org, or call (502) 814-2715

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Careers and Computers Event

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Join AT&T and Americana for our

Careers and Computers Event

for professional and financial development resources!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
1st session from 12:30pm – 2:30pm
2nd session from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

The event will be at Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214.

Get help with:

  • Writing a resume/curriculum vitae

  • Setting up an email

  • Job interviews

  • Banking questions

  • Starting a business

If you already have a resume or curriculum vitae, please bring a copy.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: If you’re interested in helping with this event (helping with resume building, setting up an email, etc), please sign up here!

Sponsored by AT&T

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Annual Winter Festival

Americana’s 25th annual Winter Festival is a special evening for the families of Americana to get family portraits, play games, decorate cookies, and visit Santa. Over 300 children and their families will be part of this event on Friday, December 16th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, and we need your help!

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Here’s how you can help:

Donate toys, hats, and gloves

We are looking for donations of gifts, hats, and gloves for the families to make this winter enjoyable for them!

Host a donation drive

Interested in hosting a donation drive at your local school, business, or other organization? Feel free to do so! Contact clare@americanacc.org with any questions.

Volunteer at the event

We need volunteers to make this event possible! If you’re interested in volunteering (Dec 14-16th), please sign up here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren Gottworth at lauren.gottworth@americanacc.org.