Americana’s 4th Annual Dinner



Thanks for joining us and making our annual dinner a huge success!


Please join the Master of Ceremonies, Dawne Gee, in honoring
Dr. Babar Muhammad and Djenita Pasic
with the Americana Dreamer Award.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! If you have RSVP’d and would like to pay online, please click the link below or return this form to Clare Rutz ( or 4801 Southside Drive, Lousiville, KY, 40214).

The dinner is cocktail attire.

We are accepting donations for our Silent Auction!

If you’d like to donate GOODS (wine, artwork, pottery), SERVICES (health and beauty, photography, legal services, gourmet dinners), or OTHER IDEAS (hotels/flight vouchers, time share, bourbon tours, gift baskets, anything!) please contact Clare Rutz at or call the office at 502-366-7813.

And a special thank you to Doe-Anderson Advertising for generously donating their time and resources to help with this rebranding.

A Garden Party

You’re invited to a Garden Party! Join us Thursday, October 27th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in Americana’s community garden. Learn about Americana’s community garden, meet some of our refugee and immigrant families, discover international ingredients and how to cook with them, and practice saving seeds.

There will be interesting snacks, music, and tours of Americana. We’re asking for a $10 suggested donation at the door to support the program. This event is family friendly and kids are free.

The Americana Community Garden consists of family plots where immigrants and refugees are empowered to grow food for themselves and their community. There is also a Children’s Garden where youth in Americana’s After School Program can get their hands dirty while learning about nutrition and environmental sustainability.

We are happy to announce that Americana, in partnership with RAPP (Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program), has plans to expand to a further acre of land onsite, providing growing space for over 100 more families!

All proceeds from this event will support Americana’s Community Garden program and will help us make this expansion possible!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

On Sept. 15th, Support Americana for Give Local Louisville!

Give Local Louisville is the biggest day of local giving in Louisville and it’s coming soon! On September 15th, show your support for Americana Community Center by…

  1. Giving online: Every dollar counts!
  2. Sharing information with your friends, family, and networks about the wonderful work our staff does and the amazing accomplishments of our participants.
  3. Encouraging others to support their favorite local non-profit on September 15th. (Bonus points if it’s Americana!)

All gifts to Americana on September 15th will support our Youth After School Program, which is already at full capacity with a waiting list. Give Local Louisville has lots of bonus prizes and incentives that could make your gift go even farther for us.

Americana Community Center provides holistic services for the refugee, immigrant, and low-income residents of Metro Louisville. These services enable youth, adults, and families to discover and utilize resources to bridge the gap from surviving to thriving.

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Job Opportunities at Americana

Americana is a vibrant environment with a creative, innovative, and collaborative staff who are committed to the immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals we serve. There are several opportunities for you to join our staff!

Learn More About Our Programs

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From July 2014 to June 2015, more than 5,000 refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals, representing 99 counties and 37 zip codes in Louisville, came through Americana’s doors last year for the services Americana or our partners provide.

Since July 2015, 205 students enrolled in the After School Program and 55 families, including 66 adults and 78 children, in the Family Education Program. Every year, this number continues to grow while we strive to lower the number of hopeful participants on the waiting list.

Our middle and high school students attending After School Program at least 3 out of 4 days a week currently have a 3.3 GPA average and a 98.0% attendance rate while the total average is less than 94%.

6 out of 6 of our graduating seniors have been accepted to college! That continues our 4-year stretch of having 100% of our graduating seniors move on to post-secondary education.

12 families are beginning to take care of their garden plots in the Community Garden, and these families represent 6 different countries. The garden has plans to expand for those waiting to grow their own produce!

Last fiscal year, 24 families achieved 54 goals through the Family Coaching program. These goals included purchasing a home, transitioning from ESL to GED program, enrolling their children in the school of their choice, and acquiring health insurance.

91 sessions were held for community mental health counseling through our partnership with the Spalding University Doctorate of Psychology Program.

1269 participants enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes, including GED and ESL classes.

11,542 meals were served through Dare to Care’s Kids Café to all of our participants 18 and younger.

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Volunteer at the Americana World Festival

We are looking for high-energy volunteers to help with a 2-hour shift (or more!) during the 26th Americana World Festival on June 4th, 2016 at Iroquois Amphitheater!

Volunteers will help with set-up, tear down, the Americana booth, or kids’ activities. If you’re planning to come to the festival, consider helping out for a couple hours, as well. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups!


Fill out the following Google form to volunteer.




Run the World 5K to Support Americana’s Summer Youth Program

Get out and run our annual Run the World 5K fun run/walk at dusk to support Americana Community Center! This dusk run will be on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 7:30pm during the Americana World Festival. The race is timed and will be on an open course through Iroquois Park.

The Americana World Festival celebrates cultures from around the world – and across the Bluegrass – with live music, local and international cuisine, uncommon goods, crafts and more. The festival kicks off at 1pm and will go until 10pm. Come enjoy the fun before the race and join the German American Club in a post-race gathering in the Biergarten.

Race Info 

$30 registration until race day, $35 on the day of the race. Groups of 5+ can register for $25/person. Registration includes: Americana World Festival t-shirt, a beer ticket for ages 21+, prizes for top finishers, snacks and water at the finish line. Register here:

Packet pick-up will take place the day of the race beginning at 1pm. Parking is available at Iroquois Park.

Support Americana’s Summer Youth Program

All proceeds support Americana Community Center’s Summer Youth Program, providing fun and engaging activities for 7 weeks during the summer to more than 200 refugee and immigrant youth to prevent summer learning loss. It costs $290 for us to provide programming to one child. Last year, there were over 50 youth on the waiting list. You can help get kids off the waiting list and into the program by registering for the race and sharing with friends and family.

For more information, contact Clare at (502)366-7813 or

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A participant in the Summer Youth Program smiles with the healthy smoothie he made during a nutritious cooking class. All race registration proceeds support youth like this!


Not interested in running? Volunteer during the 5K to direct runners along the course, help with packet pick-up, or run a water station. Volunteers are needed from 6:30pm-9:30pm on June 4th. Learn more here:

Serve at Americana as a VISTA This Summer!

We’re looking for awesome VISTA Summer Associates to work with our Summer Youth Program (SYP). 250 immigrant, refugee, and low-income K-12 youth will participate in this 7-week long summer program that uses fun and engaging activities to prevent summer learning loss and develop kids’ interests! SYP VISTAs will plan and lead the teen and elementary activities alongside Americana program staff.

Continue reading “Serve at Americana as a VISTA This Summer!”

26th Annual Americana World Festival

Join us for the 26th Annual Americana World Festival on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Iroquois Amphitheater from 1pm to 10pm!

Once a year, Americana Community Center brings everyone together to help celebrate the diversity and compassion of Louisville at the Americana World Festival. This festival will celebrate heritages from around the world – and across the Bluegrass – with live music, local and international cuisine, goods, crafts and more.

The festival is a free, family-oriented event that features a 5K Run/Walk, international performances, diverse cuisines, community resources & vendors, and activities for children. This event celebrates the exciting multiculturalism that enriches the Louisville Metro area and is a unique opportunity to reach an array of potential clients.


Join the World Festival Fun!


Applications are still open to be a food or arts and crafts vendor and to have a table in the community resource fair. Fill out the applications below to reserve your space today:

Food Vendor:


Arts and Crafts:


Community Resources/Health Fair:

College Guide for Undocumented Students

Each year, more than 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high schools in the U.S., but only a fraction continue on to college. For students who want to pursue college, conflicting information about eligibility, legal rights and financial aid can be major barriers. With this in mind, created a college guide for undocumented students that addresses their key concerns:

  • Explanation of legal rights, including the DREAM Act and DACA
  • How to find and apply for colleges
  • Financial aid for undocumented students

For more information:

You can also review the free guide here: