I have been volunteering with Canal for the past 8 months or so in their ESL program. The staff is extremely helpful and provides teachers and classroom aides with a wealth of information and support to help them organize and teach classes. Furthermore, the community that they serve is full of hard-working, enthusiastic immigrants striving to improve their situation here in the US. Both the staff at Canal Alliance and the community in the Canal make this organization a joy to volunteer for.
I have been a volunteer at Canal Alliance for two years, both in the ESL and the Youth Scholarship Programs. I've enjoyed every minute of it, and find the eager responses of the programs' participants to be extremely rewarding. These people, both adult and youth, want to learn and are so appreciative of our time It's fun to watch them progress. Every city with a large immigrant population should have a Canal Alliance.
I have been volunteering with the Youth Education Program at Canal Alliance for the past four years. This is the most wonderful program to help 6th., 7th. and 8th. graders improve their learning skills in all areas, and also help them develop the study strategies and skills they will need for high school. All the staff who work in the program are so dedicated to their students and they provide a caring and supportive environment where students can thrive and gain confidence and pride in their achievements.
I've always liked investing my time in any organization being proactive in its community. I found Canal Alliance and began volunteering since October 2011. I volunteer only a couple hours a week and even then everyone makes me feel that whatever I do however small it is it makes a difference. It really is a great project to be a part of.
I worked with the Canal Alliance for a period of time as a volunteer helping immigrants learn the skills needed to find work, as well as providing the everyday kind of help in filling out important forms for schools, jobs, passports, etc. There is a enormous need in the community for these services, and the wonderful staff, from the receptionist to the skilled professionals, at the Canal Alliance and the Opportunity Center, totally impressed me with their heartfelt, generous and dedicated commitment to serving the Spanish speaking community.