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
In efforts to help make the grounds and gardens more vibrant at the Americana World Community Center, two students from UofL are heading a garden service day at Americana as part of Mayor’s Give a Day Week. Please join us for any amount of time you can and/or make a donation using this link: https://www.crowdrise.com/americana-garden-service-project
Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of a new community garden and support a collaborative group of international growers!
12:00 Yoga at the Gardens in partnership with Waterfront Botanical Gardens
1:00 Groundbreaking Ceremony with Mayor Greg Fischer and blessings of the ground by the Kirundi and Chin communities
1:30 Work alongside the gardeners and help spread the first layer of compost!
Americana World Community Center and Common Earth Gardens have partnered to make this long-vacant, 2-acre space available for use by the refugee and immigrant community. With the support of both organizations, over 100 prospective gardeners have come together to create a shared vision for this space as well as a unique system of communal management to ensure the sustainability of this project.
What to bring:
-Yoga mat or towel
-Sturdy and comfortable shoes
-Gloves (if you have them)
-5 gallon buckets (if you have them)
Where we will be:
Feel free to park in Americana’s parking lot! The new garden space is located directly behind Americana’s soccer field on Kenwood Way.
Snacks and refreshments will be available for volunteers!
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!
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.
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.