Greetings, ENGLISH @ WORK family! This is Maile, E@W’s Founder and Executive Director.
Today is May 1st. May is a big month for us here at E@W. Why, you ask? First of all, it marks the beginning of great swimming weather in Austin. (Who doesn’t love that?) Secondly, it’s the month that many countries of the world celebrate International Workers’ Day. But most importantly for E@W, May is the month that we celebrate our birthday. And this year we are turning 7 years old!
In the last 7 years, we have met over 700 immigrants and refugees who needed work-based English skills in order for their families to survive and thrive in the United States. Many of these individuals have incredible, inspiring stories. We’ll be sharing some of their stories with you this month through short videos. Getting to know our students and telling their stories is one way you can celebrate E@W’s birthday with us.
Another way to celebrate with us is to make a donation. In honor of our 7th year, we are going to raise $7,000 in May. All of these funds will go back into E@W’s workplace English program. And just so you know, $7,000 is about what it costs us to run our 6-month program for 20 participants at one partner business.
What’s even better is that this year the Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation is matching all donations we receive during our birthday month. So if you think about it, it’s like we’re already half-way to meeting our $7,000 goal. We hope you’ll join in! Thanks, and happy May!
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