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Precious Knowledge with Eren McGinnis

April 02, 2012

With only two days prior knowledge I hit the road to make the 30 mile journey out to DeKalb to visit some lovely ladies at Northern Illinois University. Seeing some of the members of DREAM Action NIU again is wonderful, what a progressive, far-thinking group!

IFRP Partners Complete 40 Hour Interpreter Training

April 02, 2012

Last month 35 partners of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights’ (ICIRR) Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) participated in a 40 hour Interpreter training sponsored by ICIRR and the Language Access Resource Center of the DuPage Federation on Human Services Ref

A Work in Progress

March 30, 2012

Since returning from Alabama, Militza and I have been regularly meeting to organize a community mural in the suburb of Maywood. We are looking to involve youth from one of the local high schools to play an active role in the design and construction of the mural.

Good Partnerships Take Time

March 30, 2012

Volunteer opportunities don’t happen overnight! I’ve been working with Daniel Kaplan from Moishe House Chicago over the past couple of months to develop a service event with Uniting America. MH Chicago’s mission is to build a diverse, progressive, and inclusive community in a Jewish context.

Uniting America Gets Love from a Local Student

March 29, 2012

My first interaction with Brandon Collofello was on the Martin Luther King Day of Service. He may not remember me, but I definitely remembered him.  I again saw him at St. Francis Serves, a community event that St. Francis University had to help our people from local homeless shelters. I then attended St.

Uniting America + Salvation Army = Community Unity

March 29, 2012

Today I met with Juan Alarcon, a pastor for the Salvation Army in Hanover Park.  In a wealthy, white dominated community, immigrants in the Northwest suburbs tend to become an invisible population. Sitting with Juan, he explained some of the silent struggles his congregation is facing and how the Salvation Army is responding to the needs of the community.

Power in Learning a New Language

March 28, 2012

I meet Maria when I was in middle school in my ESL class. Maria and her brother where adopted from Russia, she was 14 and her brother was 11 when she started the ESL classes with us she did not even know how to say hello, she had no idea what we were talking about, couple months past by with all the help of our ESL teacher, Ms.

Volunteers in Action

March 27, 2012

Recently I saw an incredible thing happen. Not only did I see over 500 people show up to a vigil to oppose the opening of a Strip Club in a residential area in the suburb of Stone Park, but I saw one of my Uniting America volunteers helping in those efforts by being a peacekeeper.

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