Friendship Community Project is a three-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving refugees and immigrants in the Iowa City area.  We offer free English classes for adults and assist our students in accessing local resources, practicing conversation, and getting to know people in the community.

Our free English language/life skills classes meet on Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:45-11:30, in the basement of the Good News Bible Church, 845 Pepperwood Lane.  We typically have four levels of classes, low beginning through advanced, and tutors work with students with special needs. Program-wide enrollment during the 2016-17 academic year was 342 students.  This year, we have approximately 120 students enrolled as of November, 2017.  We have students from 40-some different countries at any one time.  More than 50% of our students are of low to moderate income.

Our informal, drop-in conversation group meets in the Community Room at Lucky’s Market on Friday mornings at 10:00AM.  We partner with the Iowa City School District for a beginning adult class at the Broadway Neighborhood Center, with on-site childcare.  This class meets on Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30PM.  In partnership with the University of Iowa Conversation Center, we offer Community Conversation events downtown, either in the MERGE building or an Iowa City Public Library meeting room, on Tuesdays, 11:00-12:30.  University students volunteer to provide English language learners with one-on-one conversation during this time. We are also partnering with University of Iowa Students for Refugees to bring university students and English language learners together as Friendship partners.

Anyone interested in joining our classes, volunteering, or donating to FCP can find information at fcp-iowa.org, on our Friendship Community Project Facebook page, or by emailing friendshipcommunityproject@gmail.com.  We have an ongoing need for teachers and substitute teachers with a background in education, English, linguistics or foreign languages.  Volunteers can be classroom assistants and tutors, interpreters, conversation partners, fundraisers, technology aides, media developers or Friendship Partners.

We thank our individual donors as well as the Community Foundation of Johnson County, Hills Bank and Trust Company, and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union for their support of our program.


Contact us at friendshipcommunityproject@gmail.com .

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