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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.

Uniting America Screening of "The Interrupters"

March 26, 2012
With my first community event being a little over two weeks away, a lot of my time has gone into making sure things are running smoothly. I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with Karen Danielson, the Outreach Director at the Muslim American Society, on this event.

Uniting America Partner Spanish Community Center Hosts Prom Dress Drive

March 26, 2012

The Spanish Community Center has had a very busy week this week. We had our annual banquet and fundraiser that recognizes local Mexican leaders in our community. This entire week we have been preparing for the prom event on Sunday. The prom event is my Uniting America community event.  I have had countless people coming in this week to donate dresses, shoes, accessories.

ELS Classes Change Lives

March 23, 2012

I met Maria when I was in middle school in my ESL class. Maria and her brother where adopted from Russia when she was 14 and her brother was 11. When she start the ESL classes with us she did not even know how to say hello. A couple months past by with all the help of our ESL teacher, Ms. Philips, she start learning English. It was so amazing how quickly she learned.

Fostering New Partnerships

March 23, 2012

This week has been all about fostering new partnerships. Partnerships are a key part of Uniting America because they help to extend our reach into communities and further our mission, while simultaneously benefitting the partner organization.  Depending on the level of partnership partner organizations receive various benefits from increased exposure to ICIRR membership.

Uniting Families

March 22, 2012

Last weekend HIAS Chicago held their monthly Citizenship Workshop at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg, Illinois. Although we anticipated a fairly large crowd, we were not expecting over 50 applicants! The atmosphere was great. People came in and were greeted by one of HIAS’ new volunteers, Julian.

A Funny Uniting America Story

March 22, 2012

I want to share a funny and incredible story. I was sick couple weeks ago and I had a great conversation with my Doctor her name is Elizabeth Pector.

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