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.

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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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

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!”

We’re looking for Americana Ambassadors! Could that be you?

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.

Please submit this ever-so-brief application before February 22nd. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email at clare@americanacc.org.

Tax season is approaching and we need your help! Training is provided.

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). 

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the VITA Application and submit it to Courtney Smith at Americana Community Center or LABC.  Please contact Courtney Smith by email at courtney@americanacc.org  or phone at 502-366-7813 ext. 11 for more information.