For eight years, our community’s children have thrived in the acclaimed summer reading program at Providence Glen, where they work hard, have fun, and are ready to succeed when school starts again. Now, we need your help to keep the series going.
Our students belong to Somali refugee and immigrant families, and we believe they deserve a safe, fun place to learn and grow.
TWe’re already more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $9,500 thanks to an outpouring of donations from the Providence Glen community, including Praxia Partners, Dayspring Christian Community Development Corporation (a faith based nonprofit), and our other development and management groups.
Our first campaign was met with overwhelming support from the community, however we did not quite meet our goal. We were attempting to riase all the funds the 2nd session needs before the start date- July 15th, but that meant a very short campaign- a mere two weeks! Too many people told us they didn't get a chance to donate, so we are extending the campaign to allow all of our supporters an opportunity to contribute, and continue pushing to reach our $5000 goal.
All funds already donated have kept the program running for the first week of this session.
Let's pull together and keep them open for the entire 3-week session!
The summer program is run by ESL Afterschool Communities, and it focuses on literacy, vocabulary, and instilling a love of reading— but it also does so much more. Children go on field trips to explore our city, enjoy free meals, gain confidence in their problem-solving skills, and engage their families in their academic progress.
The ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsc) Program at Providence Glen Apartments in Columbus Ohio serves the large immigrant and refugee population in our city. The year-round educational program engages over 30 families to promote learning, encourage community engagement and provide helpful resources to the families here at Providence Glen. Ultimately, the program engages the immediate neighborhood in protecting the welfare of our students, while at the same time engaging our children in our community and giving them a sense of belonging and interconnectedness.
We really want to set these kids up for a successful school year and give them the tools they need to find their love of reading. It is so important for the children of this community to have engaging and safe activities to do during the summer.Brianne Manczak, educator and program coordinator at Providence Glen
We realize it seems like a small amount for such an involved program-- but the impact your contributions have on our students' education is monumental.
Because Dayspring, a 501(c)(3), is running this campaign, all money donated to keep the summer term running is tax-deductible! All funds exceeding our goal (or if we don't reach our goal, all funds raised) will go toward the Afterschool program for the 2013-2014 school year.
Whatever you are able to give- $10, $50, or $200-- we promise it will make an impact for our students, their families, and our community.
Donating money isn’t the only way to support our students!
The 6-week summer program serves over 30 children, and requires $9,000 to cover materials, supplies, educator stipends, and two field trips. Praxia Partners, and donors like you have started us off with almost $6000 to keep the program open for the first 4 weeks. We raised enough in our first campaign to keep open another week, but we need your help to keep it open for the whole second session, which runs from July 15th- August 2nd.
Impressive outcomes from the full school year and summer session really illustrate the impact of the ESLAsC program:
Let's not close the book on our summer reading!
We are so grateful to everyone who is helping us keep this program, and we look forward to helping empower many more kids in the future.
Mahadsanid! ("Thank You" in Somali)
ESL Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) is an acclaimed outreach initiative of Columbus State Community College’s Center for Workforce Development. ESLAsC serves the city's large immigrant and refugee population by providing a safe, caring environment where children develop academic, social, and personal skills that last a lifetime. Providence Glen is one of three ESLAsC sites in Columbus. Each is located within an apartment complex, encouraging a sense of community and eliminating the need for transportation. For more information, visit http://www.cscc.edu/workforce/eslas.
Praxia Partners is a Columbus-based sustainable development firm. Through its Bridge Program, Praxia Partners seeks to buoy organizations and programs that advance community-building. For more information, visit www.praxia-partners.com
Dayspring serves as a catalyst to promote vision, purpose and community action through the development of leadership at the neighborhood level.They provide affordable housing to low and moderate income households and promote economic self sufficiency. Thier services include financial literacy, entrepreneurship, small business development and affordable housing. For more information, visit http://www.rhemachristiancenter.com/dayspring.html