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!”

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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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.

 

Americana’s 4th Annual Dinner

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sponsors

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


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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 (clare@americanacc.org 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 clare@americanacc.org 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: https://givelocallouisville.org/npo/americana-community-center. 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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Open House on Wednesday, September 23rd

Americana wants to meet you! Our doors will be open to visitors on September 23rd beginning at 5PM and ending at 8PM for anyone who is curious about the work we do and the people we serve. You can learn more about volunteering opportunities or maybe you’re interested in the various cultures that make up this big, beautiful city. Whatever the reason, you’re welcome to stop by!

We’ll be showing off some artwork, photographs, and programs, and there will also be tours of the facility. Our address is 4801 Southside Drive! We’ll see you there!

Check out the event on Facebook!