A group of 61 dedicated volunteers were honored by The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) on June 1, 2018. These local residents take time out of their busy schedules each week to help hundreds of immigrant and refugee adults who study English at The ILC. By learning to communicate in English, the students can fully contribute to the economic, civic and cultural life in their communities. The volunteers range in tenure from three months to 15 years. The longest serving volunteer, Gene Moulton, a retired teacher, was singled out for special recognition for his dedication to helping The ILC students starting in 2003.
In thanking the volunteers, The ILC founder and CEO Diane Portnoy explained her motivation to found the school started with a volunteer who helped her parents learn English when she was a child. She went on to say, “You know, it’s not just an individual you are helping, it’s the whole family and the community.”
Under the direction of The ILC teachers, these volunteers spend three hours a day, one to four days a week helping foreign-born adults learn English reading, writing, grammar and conversation skills and increase their understanding of American culture.
The Immigrant Learning Center currently serves about 900 students each year who come from dozens of communities across Eastern Massachusetts to learn English. Learning the language and culture of their adopted home is critical for new Americans to achieve their goals and become successful workers, parents and community members.
New volunteers are always welcome. For more information about the volunteer program, contact Holly Jones at (781) 322-9777.