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
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.
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!”
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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!
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.
Americana is gathering a small group of creative and motivated people to help with our community engagement. Come join us!
With a small staff, we rely on the community for their gracious support to provide these resources to over 5,000 refugee and immigrant participants. As Louisville remains a welcoming city to refugees, we understand it is essential to continue to provide support after the resettlement process so we are working to become even more sustainable and effective.
This is where you come in.
Americana remains committed to making sure that almost all of our funding goes straight to our programs and participants so we don’t have a huge development team. It’s actually a person and a half (part-time, that is). We also understand that in order to thrive rather than merely survive, we’ll need the community’s support. And the first step would be to make sure the community knows that we exist.
This will be the first order of business for the Americana Ambassadors. Or maybe the second. The first step will have to be putting a team together…
We’re looking for ten peoplewho want to help refugee and immigrants in the community in a meaningful way. We’ll talk about how to get the community involved through events, conversation, and outreach. There will be a little marketing, event planning, social justice-ing, and everything in between. Come with some experience or none at all, but ready to contribute. We’ll be meeting once a month and I will do everything in my power to make sure these gatherings aren’t a drag.
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 VITA tax 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 experience! Training and support will be offered to every volunteer. Click here for training schedule, and if you find a time that works for you, please sign up here.
Our site will open for the tax season on January 29th! We will provide services on Fridays (5:00pm-8:00pm) and Saturdays (9:00am-3:00pm).