Dear Friend of APCC,
Supporters like you make Chicago a great city. Known as the City of Big Shoulders, it’s not surprising that our welcoming demeanor ranks us among the top five U.S. sanctuary cities for immigrants and refugees. We’re proud that out of seventy-seven distinct neighborhoods in Chicago, our very own Albany Park is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the nation.
For forty-five years, the Albany Park Community Center (APCC) has been a port of entry for immigrant and refugee families. With your renewed investment in APCC, we can continue to make Albany Park a vibrant place to live, work, and visit. Today, we’re asking you to make a donation to support our significant work. Our goal is to raise $20,000 by December 31, so we can provide education programs for more individuals, families, and businesses in 2020.
Together, we can ensure that APCC will remain a significant fixture in our unique community. Your contribution will help us educate and support families and businesses as they determine their own path of growth and development. Any donation will make a difference, and we are so grateful for your ongoing support.
The country’s current political climate can make it difficult for a community center to champion an already vulnerable population. However, at APCC, we pride ourselves in supporting individuals at any phase in life, such as two of our program participants, Carlos Yanez and Neima Dominguez.
Carlos migrated to the United States as a young man, and returned to Caracas, Venezuela after earning his PhD at Colorado State. Last year, Carlos and his wife Neima fled Venezuela to escape economic hardship. They settled in Albany Park at the ages of 80 and 72 to create a better life. They soon discovered APCC and enrolled in adult education courses. Carlos joined Adult Basic Education (ABE), and Neima began taking English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Their time here has been transformative. They love their evening classes and are thankful for the supportive staff at APCC. In fact, Carlos recently began volunteering in our Adult Literacy Program. He helps prepare students for the citizenship exam when he is not immersed in his ABE studies.
Your support makes stories like these possible. APCC has a unique ability to bring together diverse resources and staff who are passionate about the work we do. Last year, we served more than 1,000 clients through outcomes-driven programming. We cannot do this work without you. We hope you consider partnering with APCC this year by making a contribution TODAY. We are grateful for your generosity and dedication.
On behalf of our Board, staff, volunteers and program participants, thank you for your continued commitment to our most important mission.
Interim Executive Director