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Please consider making us one of your favorite causes this year. To donate online, click here! 

A message from Executive Director Audrey.

Audrey Lutz

When we began this year, Multicultural Coalition had an Executive Director and one AmeriCorps VISTA member serving the organization. Now, we have two, full-time staff members, three AmeriCorps VISTA members, a part-time Community Health Worker, an instructor, and 24 trained, active volunteers. We are growing!

Since January, we have helped 21 Grand Islanders become citizens, each person receiving an average of 125 hours of our volunteers’ time. Collectively, these individuals are earning $60,000 more a year, have demonstrated good moral character, and are fluent in English. These new citizens are making Grand Island a better place for all of us to live!

We have also doubled the number of clients receiving our First-Stop Center services, for a total of 1,000 walk-in and 1,300 phone-in clients served. In each case, we helped a client remove barriers—educational, health-related, linguistic, and cultural obstacles preventing them from realizing their dreams in Grand Island. A few examples of removing barriers include…

…translation of a birth certificate, which allowed a client to secure Lawful Permanent Resident status in order to have authorization to work. He now has a job.

…assistance with an online job application, creating a pathway to gainful employment for a client who speaks only Spanish and has no computer skills.

 …financial support and arrangements made for required immunizations and clinical examinations for a family of nine, enabling all of them to transition from Refugee to Lawful Permanent Resident status. In five years, they will be able to apply for citizenship.

I am so excited to be able to share these stories of our growth with you and hope you are inspired. We are creating meaningful and valuable change at the individual level, making real our mission of empowering individuals, embracing cultures, and strengthening community.

This season, I hope you consider the ways you can give to our community’s most vulnerable individuals, whether that is through a donation or a commitment to volunteer. Our mission begins with you!

Grand Island’s population is 15.9% foreign-born, and this percentage increases every year. In our homes across the community, 25% of people speak a language other than English. These percentages, as well as the increased number of clients, speak to the tremendous need in our community for Multicultural Coalition.

Please consider making us one of your favorite causes this year. Review the card accompanying this letter for ways you can join us in donating or volunteering, showing how strong we are together, as a community!

Let’s keep growing!

Meet Our Team

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Our mission is empowering individuals, embracing cultures, and strengthening community. We aim to strengthen the fiber of our community through individual and relationship development, for both the newcomer and long-term Grand Islander. Learn more about our services here.

Board of Directors

J.D. Sabott | President | Shamberg, Wolf, McDermott & Depué
Mirta Delgado | Vice President| Five Points Bank
Paula Dush | Treasurer & Ethics Officer | Nebraska Truck Center
Amanda Levos | Secretary | Grand Island Public Schools
Estella Abuelsheikh | Grand Island Veterans Home
Jessica Calderon | Oro Mex
Valeria de Paula | The Language Project & All Faiths Funeral Home
Zac Griess | Bosselman Enterprises
Glen Murray | Truell, Murray and Associates
Mark Otto | Island Edge Development
Daniel Phillips | Career Pathways Institute
Seema Saxena | Midwest Psychiatry

Office

Audrey A. Lutz – Executive Director
Steve Anderson – Deputy Director
Jorge Paramo – Communications Specialist
Chang Thao – Data Analyst
Brian Whitecalf – Assessment Coordinator
Barb Sorenson – Instructor

Support

Melissa Kier – Citizenship Readiness
Danielle Helzer – Citizenship Readiness
Elder Haight – First-Stop Center
Elder Hoogendoorn – First-Stop Center
Michelle Seeba – World Neighbors

SCOOP FOR MC!

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Join our Board of Directors and scoop ice cream at the Nebraska State Fair. Every hour you are at the United Way Ice Cream Parlor, we earn more dollars to help build a stronger Multicultural Coalition and a stronger Grand Island. You get your entry paid into the Fair.

SIGN UP HERE

If you are new to the parlor, make sure you sign up for a training and note you are volunteering for Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island.

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Annual Report

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AmeriCorps VISTA

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The AmeriCorps VISTA program based out of the Multicultural Coalition is a great way to get involved in a Midwest community, create a positive impact in minority and poverty issues, build resumes and gain experience in the non-profit sector. Located in Grand Island, Nebraska, this VISTA program has several openings that assist with the poverty elimination and diversity engagement in this community.

 The term of service is forty hours per week, for one year.

How to apply: Apply on the My AmeriCorps site HERE.

Benefits:

  • Fully paid travel and training
  • Living Allowance: $472.22 every two weeks
  • Relocation Allowance: up to $1,500
  • Childcare assistance: up to $400/child/month
  • Health Coverage
  • Training
  • Choice at End of Service: Education Award: $5,815 or Cash Stipend: $1,500

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members are passionate and committed to their mission to bring individuals and communities out of poverty. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a non-profit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development and otherwise assist low-income communities.

Questions? Contact Audrey at director@mcofgi.org or (308) 385-5242.