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ILI’s 2016 Giving Voice Event a Huge Success!

  • Maria Teresa Cruz receives ILI’s Andrea Raphael Award
  • Salomon Hernandez, Mitchell Lopez, and Zeynep Dere share their stories
  • Donors and businesses contribute more than $40,000 for ILI’s free English classes
The Giving Voice Benefit is a yearly fundraising event that raises money for and awareness of how ILI changes lives for the immigrant community in the Pioneer Valley.  Our Giving Voice Fundraiser is a free event thanks to our generous sponsors (please see the list below).  All funds raised go directly to support our Free English for Immigrants and Refugees Program.
This year’s event was held at the wonderful Hotel Northampton.  Guests had many opportunities to meet our students and hear their stories of how ILI has made a difference in their lives.

Why Support Giving Voice?

      • Since 1988 ILI has been providing free English classes for immigrants and refugees from Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
      • These free English classes help change lives. Our students gain the skills necessary to access better education and employment through classes that focus on conversation, academic skills and citizenship.
      • Students are community members whose careers include work in the service industry, factories, hospitals, the computer industry and personally-owned businesses.
      • As students’ English skills improve, so do their opportunities.

This is an on-going effort to close the gap between program costs and state-granted funds for English for Community Refugees and Immigrants.



The International Language Institute of Massachusetts, Inc. as a private, non-profit (501c3) language school.  Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. ILI accepts the following charitable donations:

      • Online payment via PayPal (see above) (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover accepted)
      • Download a pledge card to send in with your donation
      • Appreciated stocks or property

Our Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors: American Benefits Group, Center for International Studies, Curran & Berger LLP, Easthampton Savings Bank, Northeast Solar, Nourse Farms, Public Emily, Whittlesey & Hadley P.C.

Bronze Sponsors: Connecticut Business Systems, C & S Grocers, Inc., Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP, Freedom Credit Union, Ibiza Restaurant, Mi Tierra Restaurant, Weinberg & Gerber PC, Western New England University

Friendship Sponsors: Aquadro & Associates, The Artisan Gallery, Berkshire Brewing Company, Breakthrough Business Advisors, Bueno Y Sano, Cooley Dickinson Health Care, Florentine Films, Maple and Main Realty, Vera Vlasenko