Do You Believe?
From Denise Cumbee Long, Executive Director of International House
I recently made a presentation about International House at a local rotary club meeting. Afterwards, one of the members came up to me and exclaimed, “Wow! I saw your financials in your annual report. I am amazed at how much you guys do with a very modest budget. It’s really impressive!”
It’s true. International House serves thousands of people every year through our immigration law clinic, education programs, cultural events, and international visitor programs, and we do it on a small budget through the hard work of a small dedicated staff and many great volunteers. We are able to survive and grow because of the support of people like you who believe in the importance of what we do.
We have just launched our summer fundraising campaign and hope you will take a moment to think about the value of International House to the Charlotte community, and indeed to the world. Does our work reflect what you believe to be true?
Do you believe that Charlotte is richer for its global connections and our diverse international communities? Do you think our world is a more peaceful place when citizens of different countries share a meal, exchange ideas, and learn from one another? Do you believe the words of the Statue of Liberty still ring true: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free”? Do you want to see compassionate assistance offered to those who have escaped danger and hardship and are working hard to learn English and become self-sufficient citizens?
If so, then we hope you believe in the power of what International House has been doing every day since 1981. Today’s economic climate is not kind to nonprofits. International House receives no United Way funding and cannot survive on private or government grants alone. The generosity of our supporters is critical for us to continue to be the place where Charlotte welcomes the world. We know there are many of you out there who believe in us! Please take a moment to click on the link below and make your gift today!