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Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

Macey Faiella offers so many great and practical tips for working with refugees, immigrants and English language learners. But her best advice might be to assume nothing, except a spirit of cooperation.  Listen to this 10-minute video from The Smith College School of Social Work Conference, Building Together:  Creating a Welcoming Community for Refugees and Immigrants

Mayor of Northampton Visits ILI

June 14th Mayor Narkewicz visited ILI’s Free English for Immigrants and Refugees Program.  The Mayor shared his role as mayor, his plans for Northampton and how people can get involved in local government.  We had a lively question and answer session and feel very grateful to have Mayor Narkewicz as our Mayor of Northampton.

Meet ILI’s Newest Board Members

Aimee Furaha Salmon, Harry Montalvo, and Markus Jones have joined the all-volunteer board of directors for the Northampton-based International Language Institute of Massachusetts (ILI).

“We welcome Aimee, Harry, and Markus to ILI,” said board president Eric Wirth. “Their backgrounds and experiences bring a wealth of skills and knowledge to support ILI’s work, including high-quality language instruction and teacher training, free English classes for immigrants and refugees, and volunteer opportunities throughout the Pioneer Valley.” [Read more…]

Thank you Valley Gives Day!

May 2nd was an amazing day for our community!  $1,161,705 was raised for over 400 non-profit organizations.  New and local donors gave $2365 for our Free English Program!.

Immigrants and refugees in the Pioneer Valley are changing their lives and the lives of their families through ILI’s free English classes.  For nearly 30 years, these classes have helped students gain the English language skills they need to open education and employment doors and participate more fully in their communities. Your dollars can help them continue along their path to greater fulfillment…and you can make a donation today!

ILI acquires Alexis Johnson Annex!

ILI is now the proud owner of the Alexis Johnson Annex, and as the picture clearly shows, we are incredibly happy!
Purchasing the 1,000 sq. ft. annex (part of ILI’s current location) for use as classrooms and office space was the brainchild of our co-founder and now-retired executive director Alexis Johnson. Achieving this goal means we have acquired a valuable asset and reduced our operating expenses.
More than  100 generous donors from local communities made it possible to secure the downpayment to purchase the annex. Without their support, this long-time dream would still be just that — a dream.
A special shoutout goes to the Beveridge Family Foundation and Alexis for kickstarting the fundraising and to Mary Commanger, Jeff Palm, Lyman Wood, and the ILI Board of Directors — all of whom went above and beyond in their support of the fundraising campaign.

Intensive English Students Meet the Mayor of Northampton!

Students in the intensive English program had the opportunity to meet Northampton’s Mayor Narkewicz. We have a wonderful Mayor and appreciate that he makes the time to meet with international students. The students had some thoughtful questions prepared ahead of time.

Thank you Mayor Narkewicz!

ILI holds Arabic classes

ILI is excited to announce that for the first time in 32 years, the school has added Arabic to its list of languages taught.  The instructor, Yamila, has a post-graduate certificate with the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo, worked with Middlebury College’s language-intensive study abroad programs in both Egypt and Jordan, and taught Arabic to high school students at Charlestown High School.

2016: A Year in Review

January Mini Film Festival!

Join ILI at the Parlor Room the last three Mondays in January for some FREE fantastic films focusing on intercultural, immigrant and refugee themes.

More information here.

Donations to ILI’s Free English for Immigrants and Refugees Program are gladly accepted.

CISabroad Volunteers Join ILI for a “Spruce Up” Day!

It was a bit of organized chaos on December 7, when 50 staff members from CISabroad headed to ILI, picked up cleaning supplies and paint brushes, and set to work brightening up ILI’s common spaces and classrooms. In the words of ILI’s Executive Director Caroline Gear, “This is what ILI and community partners like CISabroad are all about!”

CISabroad is a national education-abroad organization that is based, like ILI, in Northampton. And each year, they choose a non-profit group to work with as part of their company’s commitment to teamwork and cultural awareness. This year, CISabroad chose ILI, and the results were outstanding. From painting several walls in the school’s administrative area to washing windows inside and out, cleaning walls and floors, and so much more – CISabroad staff brought their own brand of cheerfulness and diligence to ILI. [Read more…]