Our free citizenship course prepares students for the naturalization interview. That comprises an English, reading, writing, and civics test. We weren't able to offer a course in the fall, but we began a partnership with St. Mark Community Education Program in the spring. In partnership with St. Mark Community Education Program, we will be offering a free online citizenship
Thanks to the donations that we have received this year, we are continuing our membership in ProLiteracy and our subscriptions to News For You, Easy English News, and The Change Agent, and ESL Library. We are again getting paper copies of News For You and Easy English News, as well as the digital editions.
We held two online ESOL Tutor Trainings in March and June, in conjunction with our Worcester, Boston, and Methuen affiliates. The 18-hour in-person tutor training was redesigned to take place in 12 hours on Zoom. We were able to train 11 new ESOL tutors for Fitchburg through these, and our MWCC intern attended the March
Thank you to everyone who made a donation during our Spring Appeal! Your generosity enables us to provide free tutoring, citizenship courses, and conversation circles; train tutors, assess students, support our tutors, and provide our tutors and students with resources. You make our work possible! We received $1,975 towards our goal of $2,500. Thank you for your support!
We hold Volunteer Information Sessions throughout the year and throughout the area so that people can come and find out more about our organization, program, and volunteering with us. We held two Volunteer Information Sessions over Zoom, one in January and one in May, with a total of 14 attendees coming to learn about us.
In January we started having Conversation Groups online via Zoom. We had a Thursday evening group in the Winter and a Tuesday morning group in the Spring. Students like the small group setting so that they have time and opportunity to practice speaking and listening with others. In the Tuesday morning group we worked on making and
The contributions of our dedicated volunteer tutors and generous donors have made it possible for our students to accomplish some remarkable achievements this year. These successes would not have been possible without your contributions. S., a student from Brazil finally earned her GED with the support of her tutor. S. left Brazil the year before
We are now resuming in-person activities, in addition to our virtual ones, following the guidelines of our various partner libraries. Our office in the Fitchburg Public Library is open: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 10 AM-4:30 PM Wednesdays 11-4:30 PM Evenings, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment. Please call ahead or make an appointment before coming to
Board members give their time, treasure, and talent to support the organization. They also serve as chief advocates, ambassadors, and askers, We are seeking more people to serve on our board and have posted the job description on Linked In, Volunteer Match, and the United Way of North Central MA's Volunteer Center. For more information, contact Amy
The news in the realm of citizenship is that the USCIS has returned to using the 2008 civics test in the naturalization interview. The Fitchburg Public Library has been awarded a grant from The American Dream Literacy Initiative, a grant offering of the American Library Association, is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to