As a teacher in the UnityintheCommunity language classes for two years I am most impressed with the bond that exists between students. The divergence of ethnicity is almost global in scope yet there is a unique similarity among the students arising from common hopes and desires; there is an undeniable kinship that not only bonds them personally but unites them in a learning environment that benefits them together and individually as they learn from and help each other. The program is marvelously organized, with dedicated and capable teachers, with excellent student materials, with community cooperation in making class space available, and all under Annette's remarkable leadership. As a teacher it is always a joy to watch the students learn a difficult language but it is equally a joy to be part of the friendships that grow from the atmosphere of learning not only the new language but of learning about each other and what we can do together.
Unityinthecommunity provides a wonderful service to individuals who are trying to learn English as a second language. The classes are free; and the founder, Annette, manages to keep up with the ever fluctuating numbers of learners and various levels of comprehension. Learning English is a vital part of becoming contributing citizens and not just recipients of charity. My experience in working with the organization has definitely been positive.
I've been an ESL teacher with Unity in the Community in Midvale since it started. I love what I GET from serving (I learn--even though I'm there to teach--and I love the people I meet). The classes are free to anyone. This organization makes the community better because it brings immigrants and life-long residents together and makes us better people, not just for ourselves or our careers, but for each other.
I have been a volunteer with Unity intheCommUnity ("Unity") for nearly a year. This is a non-profit that is genuinely dedicated to the people it serves. Services and materials for immigrants and refugees are happily provided at no charge and no obligation. ESL classes are offered in three locations and at multiple levels of English ability. Unity will soon launch a citizenship course that will not only prepare students for the USCIS naturalization test, it will introduce the students in U.S. government, history, culture, and geography. If a student needs one-on-one help, it is provided. If students need transportation to class, it is not unusual for the volunteer instructors or the founder of Unity to pick them up or take them home or help arrange for transportation. Unity serves adult and high school-aged students from more than twenty countries. Despite the diversity, there is a strong sense of belonging, almost a sense of family among students, instructors, and administrators. It's a great group to be part of.