The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (Mcif) Center

Rating: 4.89 stars   116 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training

Location: 75 Lewis Avenue 1st Floor Brooklyn NY 11206 USA

Mission: Our mission is to provide opportunities for developing self-esteem, individual growth, and educational learning skills that will enable women to claim and realize their own potential.
Results: MCIF Center has been serving the community of Bushwick since 1993. In that time we have educated and empowered over 2000 women and men in the area. Many have left the center and achieved a better life by continuing their education, obtaining jobs, and furthering their participation in the community.
Target demographics: Immigrant women and men of Bushwick, Brooklyn and the surrounding area
Geographic areas served: Bushwick, Brooklyn and the surrounding area
Programs: English as a Second Language (ESL), GED Preparation in Spanish, Computer Literacy, Citizenship Preparation, and Entrepreneurship
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 11-3188470
(718) 452-0167
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Rating: 5 stars  

i would like to give a review of the MCIF center, this non profit is not only helping the latino community become more active in being part of the community learning options but it is changing lives. i have a few friends that are attending classes and they have great feedback about MCIF, such as they feel like they finally have a great place local in brooklyn to further their language education with great teachers. i refer and recommend all my latino friends to be a part of MCIF activities, and i would like to see this place to continue to grow. Thanks to the education program, latinos are being given more chances in jobs thanks to their growing knowledge in the language and helping families become more unified. i can't wait to gather some friends to volunteer at this center in the nearby future and for more years to come!

sincerely,
brooklyn resident

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

reach out to more and more communities,

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

New York City needs more places like The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (MCIF) Center!!!

As women come to the US and begin their news lives they sometimes need new skills to help make them successful - that is what this country is all about. Education is the tool all humans need to succeed and a center like this one is the best part of humanity.

Teaching English, learning new revenue sources to provide for their families, and participating in their communities are the backbone of the United States and The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford (MCIF) Center is an incredible example for us all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... as a supporter of the organization I have experienced their reach, impact, and importance in their community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... hope that they received the attention they deserve to allow them to reach more women in need.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm proud to say that my best friend works for the Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center. The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center is a very important resource for Brooklyn women who are immigrants to the United States. It not only helps them learn proper English, it helps them assimilate to our culture. The women that work at MCIFC are extremely dedicated to their work, often working on weekends and after hours to make sure they do the best job they can. They empower non-native women to get out and explore their new environments and become part of their communities. The center therefore not only benefits these women, but also their neighborhoods and communities. Many women are single mothers and would be unable to support their families without the help of MCIFC. The service they provide is invaluable to the community of Brooklyn.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The experiences related to me by my friend, Christina. She tells me of all the lives she has personally touched, and how her students have affected her outlook on life. It's very moving to hear her experiences working directly with women who have the courage to reach out to MCIFC for help. I know the experiences are rewarding for not only her students but the dedicated instructors as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find them more volunteers and more money to support their important mission!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I visited this center and went to a fund raiser. I saw the people that were served in the community and how proud they were about their accomplishments. They were learning English and helping their families learn English too.

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I was there for the graduation in both June of '09 and '10. I saw the positive effects that MCIF Center created in their lives.

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I would like MCIF to be more accessible and more active in the community. The way to do this is to house them in a prime location.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

The Mira Clarke-Ita Ford Center is an inspiration for anyone involved in development work. I found it while working to improve our local women's community center. The staff was very helpful in answering my questions and the center is a model for work we would like to do in our own community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working to improve my own community center.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The staff of the center is extremely supportive of the community. Through the language and GED classes that are needed so much with such a diverse and changing population, the Center enables its students to change their lives. Over and over, I've seen education change the direction of a students life, allowing them new opportunities. It would be great if the center was able to do more - they need a building, frankly. The volunteers they have are excellent, but it would be great if they could do more outreach to bring in more volunteers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the results of education in the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need a larger staff and their own building.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center does extremely important work in the community. It can be very difficult to take on a new experience and keep one's personal integrity. MCIF Center Inc. helps people to make those transitions in their lives.

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As a community member I know that my neighbors are being enhanced by the good work of Maura Clarke-Ita Ford Center Inc.'s work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like them to be able to extend their hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The school are very good,I'm want to go but my work schedule is in the same time,if you have time go to school and study English in MCIF Center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My personal experience is my wife is a student in the school she doesn't speak English last year and she start on September and she speak more English and write.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NO I'm not want change anything they have good organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

this school is very good teaching , my aunt is going to this school and she's learning very fast English.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

this school help people to overcame

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization works hard to educate adults who have a yearning to learn English as a second language. The staff is dedicated to the education of these individuals, and they go to great lengths to ensure every students' success. Being a non-profit agency, dedicated employees have written numerous grants to keep the school in business. I have spent a lot of time with one of the agency's employees, and I find her to be a hard-working advocate for education.

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I have experienced the results of this organization by hearing the success stories from dedicated employees.

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