About Friendship Community Project

Friendship Community Project is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, founded in 2015, dedicated to teaching English language and life skills to Iowa City area immigrants and refugees.  We strive to promote a sense of community belonging and practical assistance  accessing local resources and learning about our community.  Extra curricular activities include  conversation groups and one-on-one Friendship Pals.

Contact Director Susan Prepejchal at:  info@fcp-iowa.org

Our Donors

The Community Foundation of Johnson County

University of Iowa Community Credit Union

Hills Bank
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University of Iowa Community Credit Union Donation

A big thank you to the University of Iowa Community Credit Union for their 8/17/18 donation of $1,000.00 to Friendship Community Project!

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FCP Seeks Teaching/Aide Volunteers

If you have a background in TESOL, English, foreign language teaching, linguistics or K-12 education, consider volunteering with our English classes.

Classes meet Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 9:45-11:30 AM, at 845 Pepperwood Lane in Iowa City (The Good News Bible Church).  This year, registration will be on Sept. 5th (same time), and the first day of class will be Sept. 10th.  Classes begin in September and end in May, with a Winter Break in December and January and a Spring Break when the UI has its break.

We are not sure yet what our staffing needs will be, but prospective classroom teachers would do well to get their feet wet by acting as a classroom aide if there is no immediate teaching opening.

Classes typically have 10-20 students of all different ages, from all different countries, language and educational backgrounds.  It is a delight to see people from all over the world helping each other, bonding as a class, and forming friendships!

If you are interested, please fill out a volunteer application on this website or email us at friendshipcommunityproject@gmail.com.

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End of the 2017-18 School Season

Our last day of English classes is Wednesday, May 9th. On that day, we will have a potluck party. Please bring food from your country to share so we can all learn about different kinds of food. The party will start at 10:00AM.

We will not have summer classes, but you can come to our conversation group on Friday mornings, 10:00-noon at Lucky’s Market, in the Community Room, behind the wine section. Lucky’s Market is across from Kirkwood Community College on Lower Muscatine Rd.

Fall registration for English classes will be on Wednesday, September 5th at 9:45 AM at the Good News Bible Church, 845 Pepperwood Lane. The first day of class will be Monday, September 10th at 9:45 AM.

We have had a fun year, serving about 146 students in our daytime program and 37 in our evening class (in partnership with ICCSD and NCJC) at the Broadway Neighborhood Center. Our students this year come from 36 countries and speak at least 24 different languages.

Special thanks to the University of Iowa Conversation Center and MERGE for partnering with us to create Community Conversation. Other projects have included Friendship Pals, matching students with community members for conversation and friendship, and our advanced English book club.

Friendship Community Project thanks all our volunteer teachers, teaching assistants, registrar, director and other volunteers, our donors ( including Hills Bank, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, and the Community Foundation of Johnson County) and the Good News Bible Church for providing us with classroom space. We couldn’t do this without all of you!

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Spring Semester English Classes Begin Monday, January 29th

English classes are beginning again this Monday, January 29th at 9:30AM. in the basement of the Good News Bible Church, 845 Pepperwood Lane, next to the Iowa City Post Office.

Returning students will go right to class.  New students will register and take a very small placement test before joining a class.

If the weather is bad and the Iowa City schools cancel or delay classes, we will cancel classes, too.  If we cancel, it will be posted here, on our Facebook page, and on KCRG’s weather cancellations list.  We will also send the information out to returning students on our email list.

To keep us all safe this flu season, please do not come to class if you are sick.  Thank you!

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No English Class Nov. 22nd.

No English classes tomorrow, Wednesday, November 22nd, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Thank you, Thai Flavors!

Thai Flavors in Iowa City hosted  a recent Friendship Community Project fundraiser night, donating part of the evening’s proceeds to our English classes.  Thank you, Thai Flavors!

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More Community Conversation!

English language learners–  Come to this week’s Community Conversation, friendly, relaxed 1 on 1 conversation with students trained in conversation in the University of Iowa Conversation Center.  Beginner through advanced English learners are welcome!

This week’s event will be on Tuesday, November 14th, 11AM, at the MERGE building, behind the Iowa City Public Library Come practice your English for an hour or so and have some fun!

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