As a former teacher & board member of the ILC (1994--2002), I am honored to continue support through donations. During my service there, I saw first hand how exceptional this organization is: the leadership is strong & visionary; staff is highly competent & compassionate; classes are rich in experience & info; and the students not only progress well with their English, but also with their abilities to navigate American systems. The efficiency of the ILC is exemplary as well: monetary donations are carefully &well used; there are absolutely no excesses in expenditures. Finally, the ILC continues to evolve, expand in resources, & to grow in numbers of students. The organization is truly a role model for other schools & nonprofits in general.
The ILC has helped over 7,000 immigrants learn English since opening in 1992. Their mission has always been to provide free English classes to immigrant and refugee adults so they can lead productive lives in the U. S. and become successful workers, parents and community members. They also help educate the public that immigrants are assets to America. All classes are free. By improving their English skills, ILC students achieve goals such as finding a job, entering college, starting a business, becoming a U.S. citizen and more. Walking through the school and seeing students from different countries with varied cultures becoming friends as they learn the language of their adopted country always puts a smile on my face. The Immigrant Learning Center is a wonderful organization that helps many people.
The ILC is an excellently managed non-profit organization and it does important work in the community by offering free english classes to immigrants. It also has a drama program and other initiatives (such as encouraging immigrants to speak up to police re: suspicious behavior) that increase the students' confidence and sense of belonging in the community. The ILC makes excellent use of donations from private and public sources. The staff is high caliber and hard-working. The CEO/Executive Director takes no salary or compensation. My sense is that the organization does not overspend on fundraising and development personnel/efforts -- The ILC's good works speak for themselves.