Dear International House Friend,
It’s the lazy, hazy days of summer, right? Well, not exactly! Our volunteers and staff are working hard as ever! With this post I say “Thank You” for your past support. And, I want to let you know that we are busy this month and aim to stay busy. The goal for our summer fundraiser is $15,000 to support the work we will do this month and every month. Will you help us? (For your convenience, we offer online giving options via our website.)
- This month, 450 elementary school children begin Rising Readers, our summer literacy program. This collaborative project with CMS helps kids who are learning English as a second language maintain their English proficiency and stay on par with their peers. (I’ve included a photo of our 36 tutors. You can enjoy more photos on our Facebook page.)
- This month, 115 adult students will learn English language and American civics from a cadre of volunteer tutors and staff. Some of these students are also clients of our Ginter Immigration Law Clinic and are applying for permanent residency or U.S. citizenship.
- This summer, nine groups from 24 countries will meet with their professional peers here in Charlotte to learn best practices in a range of topics from the arts to accountability in government. Many will experience American home life, as guests of volunteer home hosts. Our Citizen Diplomacy program is aptly named since these visitors and their business and home hosts will create friendships that will change minds and lives across the globe.
- This month, we’re planning the next installment of our Spring & Summer Film Fest. Jamaica for Sale will be the catalyst for facilitating a conversation about the impact of unsustainable tourism development. Our Young Professionals, Doorways for Women, and Book Club groups will continue their meetings. And don’t forget weekly Conversation Hours in nine languages!
But you already know what we do. You are a donor and a friend. And together, International House supporters like you help sustain programs that welcome immigrants, assist refugees, and engage all of us in meaningful cultural experiences.
School’s not out at International House! This summer, please consider a tax-deductible gift.
Gratefully, Rusty Reynolds, Acting Executive Director
PS We respect that you have many choices for your community giving and hope that you will continue to invest in our programs. Through your giving, you open doors to a new future and a better life for many in our community who value friendship and celebrate culture.