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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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.

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: https://runsignup.com/Race/KY/Louisville/RuntheWorld5KAmericanaWorldFestival.

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 clare@americanacc.org.

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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!

Volunteer! 

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: http://www.volunteermatch.org/results/opp_detail.jsp?oppid=2370642.

Denim Day Event

Peace Over Violence

Today is the day! In Kentucky, March is Sexual Violence Awareness Month and Denim Day, a day of awareness and advocacy for sexual violence, is celebrated today, March 27th. If you would like a little more background information on Denim Day, please check out our previous blog post by clicking here.

Americana Fiberworks made Denim patches by block printing and hand painting on donated blue jeans. Today, we went to the Louisville Metro Services Building located at 810 Barret Avenue to spread some awareness about Denim Day and give away the patches for donations to the Center for Women and Families. CFW is a great organization that helps victims of abuse and sexual violence become survivors, advocates, and educators for the community. For more information, check out their website by clicking here.

This was a great opportunity for the women to engage in their community and give back to Louisville. The amazing Kathryn Tillet from Louisville Metro Office for Women also gave our women a tour of building because it houses many offices for services that our women could benefit from. We were also able to spread the word about the Fiberworks Program and Americana Community Center. It was a great success and we were able to raise $50 for the Center for Women and Families.

Chris and Kathryn from Louisville Metro Office for Women wearing their Denim Day Patches

Chris and Kathryn from Louisville Metro Office for Women wearing their Denim Day Patches

 

Kristin, ACC's program director, and Odette sit at the Fiberworks tableKristin, ACC’s program director, and Odette sit at the Fiberworks table
 

Denim Day Patches

Denim Day Patches

 

Getting a tour of 810 Barret - Louisville Metro Services Building

Getting a tour of 810 Barret – Louisville Metro Services Building

 

Fiberworks members on a tour of the offices of 810 Barret

Fiberworks members on a tour of the offices of 810 Barret

Eman’s Birthday!

This week, like most weeks lately, has been busy for Fiberworks. We started off the week with another new participant. Saleha is our fourth new participant this month and we aren’t even halfway through March! It is great to see Fiberworks growing at such a great pace. Saleha is from Dijbouti and moved to Louisville five months ago. She is in ESL with a few of the other women who participate in the group and Asma encouraged her to join Fiberworks!

Pillow cases have been a huge project this week! It all started when Hanan made a new set of pillowcases for her daughters’ bed a few weeks ago. Since then, I think every participant has made at least one new pillowcase for their home. Amal even made zippered pillow covers for the throw pillows on her couch using some upholstery samples we received as a donation. Pillowcases are a great sewing project for beginners, so if you are thinking about learning to sew and want a simple, fool-proof project, that is what I would suggest.

Possibly the biggest highlight of the week was celebrating Eman’s 40th Birthday! We enjoyed some delicious sugar cookies from Nord’s Bakery and sang Happy Birthday to her. Did you know that the Happy Birthday song was written by two sisters right here in Louisville? Celebrating Eman’s Birthday was certainly a sweet way to end the week, check out the photos below of some of the delicious cookies from Nord’s!

Sweet Cupcake Cookie for Eman's Birthday

Smiley Cookie from Nord's Bakery