ENGLISH LANGUAGE PARTNERS OF WISCONSIN INC via Crowdrise
September 14, 2015
BENEFITING: ENGLISH LANGUAGE PARTNERS OF WISCONSIN INC
English Language Partners of Wisconsin, Inc. (ELPW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free or low-cost adult ESL (English as a Second Language) classes to immigrants. ELPW began in 2003 as an outreach of Gethsemane Lutheran Church on the south side of Milwaukee, and subsequently incorporated as a separate nonprofit in 2010. Since our inception, we have provided English language instruction to 981 immigrant adults in the greater Milwaukee area! We are extremely close to the 1,000th student MILESTONE, and we need your help to get there!
Last year, we had some financial struggles and the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to forego our spring class session at Gethsemane in order to 1) re-examine our current infrastructure and necessarily implement cost-saving measures going forward; and 2) focus on an expansion project in which we offer to assist other churches and organizations start their own ESL programs at their locations. The latter project was made possible by a generous grant from the Siebert Lutheran Foundation, and our former lead teacher, Lori Stankiewicz, is assisting us with this project as our lead consultant.
We are happy to report that we will be resuming ESL classes at Gethsemane this Fall! We are excited to introduce our new teacher, Ms. Ashley Otto, who will be leading our adult ESL classes with the assistance of our volunteer tutors. Classes will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 6-8pm, beginning on September 28 and continuing through November 17, culminating with our semi-annual Visitor’s Evening taking place on November 19.
We are engaging in our first-ever “crowdfunding” campaign in order to raise the funds necessary to cover our general operating expenses for this Fall class session at Gethsemane, so that we can reach our “1,000th student” MILESTONE! All donations are tax-deductible. We need your support to continue our mission! Please donate, and help us spread the word by sharing this website with your family and friends, so that we can reach our goal of raising $10,000 and welcoming our 1,000th student to classes this Fall! We are providing a FREE T-shirt to those of you who make a donation of at least $100 (after making your donation, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide us with your t-shirt size). If you’d prefer to donate the old-fashioned way (via mailing a check to us), you can certainly do so! Make checks payable to: "English Language Partners of Wisconsin", and mail to: Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Attn: English Language Partners of Wisconsin, 2827 W. Harrison Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53215.
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Testimonials from our past students:
“This program helps me to understand others and express myself and to motivate others to study and get better. For example, I’m studying because I want to become a U.S. citizen in the future. And, if I understand English, I feel better about myself.” –ELPW Student
“It is very important to speak English in order to be able to communicate with people, whether in emergency calls, doctor appointments or dealing with the police. Above all these, it is important to be able to communicate with my daughter’s teachers. Very often we have been victims of racial abuse. We have been insulted and refused service, all because we cannot speak or understand English...to not be able to express oneself in English fills a person with fears and insecurities.” –ELPW Student
“This class made me feel more self-confident. I am getting rid of being shy and becoming an extroverted person when I need to speak in English.” –ELPW Student (June 2014).
“I went to apply at an agency for a job. I remember when they interviewed me they asked me how much I wanted to be paid per hour and I said ten dollars an hour. The person asked me if I felt alright. She said she didn’t even make as much as what I was asking for. She said I needed to know English better and the computer as well. I felt awful and humiliated. Because of that, I hope to master English to be able to defend myself and get better. For that I thank this program...for giving us their time. I pray that God blesses you all. –ELPW Student (May 2012).
“My story is about my experience when I first came to the United States. The change in my life was very different because to be able to communicate with the people here, it is necessary to speak English. Sometimes when people talked to me, I could not understand them. I felt really bad because I always depended on my husband to communicate for me. I feel better because at least now, I have more of an understanding of English thanks to this English program.” –ELPW Student (April 2010)
“The most important reason I take English classes is because of my daughters. They push me to continue coming to the classes. When I see their little faces and I hear them tell their friends that I now speak English, it makes me happy. For this reason I want to take the opportunity that life has offered me and thank the teachers for giving up their time. I would also like to thank Pastor Jensen for the space to have our English classes. These classes have improved my life.” –ELPW Student (May 2011)
“Because of the English classes here, I can make some new friends who speak English. I also started to volunteer in the Milwaukee County Zoo to help others. English is a key of my life to open an amazing door which shows me a different world. Thank you for your work. –ELPW Student (June 2014).