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Help us tell the story of the INTERSECTION OF EVERYWHERE, a city that has always been the historic crossroads of human migration in Central Nebraska!

This AmeriCorps VISTA program is accepting applications until April 30, 2018. To apply, visit my.americorps.gov and search by AmeriCorps VISTA, Nebraska and Multicultural Coalition.

Americorps-VISTA-logoIn order to help Multicultural Coalition meet the demands of the increasingly diverse population, the AmeriCorps VISTA member will draft fund-development and marketing strategies, create core branding and develop plans to better advertise the agency to donors and funders. Applicants should consider this a highly rewarding opportunity to change community conditions for the immigrant and refugee communities in Grand Island because of the capacity built by VISTA member duties. If more newcomers had access to Multicultural Coalition’s programs and services, we believe their likelihood of success in accessing education, jobs and needed community services would be greatly increased. VISTA members will learn about an incredible organization and community, and play a pivotal role in the growth and continued success of the organization. Applicants applying to be a VISTA member must be committed to achieving successful outcomes for people in the service area.

The VISTA member will serve alongside a fund-development consultant to develop strategies for increasing the donor and funder audience of Multicultural Coalition. The VISTA member will develop plans and lead focus groups to equip Multicultural Coalition with the tools to tell the organization’s story to the community. Applicants should have excellent communication skills. The VISTA member should be able to think critically, organize thoughts logically, take initiative, set ambitious goals for their service days, work independently, approach challenges with creativity and be open to exploring new ideas and strategies. Previous experience preferred in design, marketing, focus group research or communications. Applicants should have an interest in working with different cultural groups.

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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.

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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


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


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


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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.


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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