Friendship Community Project is an Iowa nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching English and necessary life skills to refugees and immigrants in the Iowa City area, promoting a sense of community belonging and practical assistance, including help finding local resources and learning about the community, forming connections with community members, and problem solving.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
What we accomplished in our first year:
- Taught English to 155 immigrants and refugees in the Iowa City area
- Hosted an English conversation group at Lucky’s Market for conversation practice and support
- Provided a volunteer English tutor for a domestic violence victim brought to us by the Domestic Violence Intervention Program on the last day of spring classes.
- Ran Healthcare Marketplace navigator sessions in October and November to prepare students to sign up for health insurance, assisted by our volunteer French and Arabic interpreters as well as a Spanish interpreter from Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
- Offered information sessions by the Center for Worker Justice, Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and Veridian Credit Union (on credit and identity theft)
- Directed immigrants to other area English classes to suit their needs, including Kirkwood Community College classes, International Women’s Club classes, Iowa City Compassion classes, and the Iowa City School District evening classes for parents of children in our local schools
- Helped establish adult English classes at Robert Lucas Elementary School through the ICCSD, providing consulting and instructors for the classes
- Assisted 2 political asylum seekers locate and navigate legal services through Iowa City Compassion, providing a volunteer French translator to prepare their histories and to translate during interviews with lawyers
- Assisted area immigrants speaking limited English with personal problems including domestic violence, becoming a displaced homemaker, dealing with a traffic citation, lack of a bed for a pregnant woman, lack of winter outerwear in December, landlord issues, providing information about how to get professional licensing in Iowa, preparing resumes, searching for and applying for employment, finding local food pantries and free or low-cost medical and dental care, finding housing for an asylum seeker with one of our volunteers.
- Provided a volunteer who taught one of our young, immigrant students to drive and how to use an ATM.
- Provided tutoring for several students over the summer
- Participated in a round-table discussion for State Department visitors along with Iowa City Compassion and Center for Worker Justice on May 12th at The Church of the Nazarene in Iowa City and an Iowa City Downtown District meeting on February 5th at Iowa City Co-lab, exploring ways to make Iowa City welcoming to immigrants