Nashville International Center For Empowerment wrote -To expand and diversify NICE’s funding, we will be undertaking a fundraising initiative over the next month and a half. Our goal is to raise $52,000 in unrestricted funds by October 1st, 2012 to help support our projects. In order to do this we are asking everyone in the NICE community to reach out to family and friends who may also be passionate (and not so passionate!) about our work. While the money raised will be for unrestricted funding, the priorities are:
1. Three additional paid ELL instructors who will be able to teach at our three English class sites. As a result of overwhelming demand for our English classes, we have added additional sites and are now teaching more students. While we now have space for additional classes to be held we need more teachers to tackle the ever-expanding ELL class waiting-list and the great community need.
2. Ability to provide additional assistance to help meet the basic needs, such as rent and food, for new arrival refugees who are not able to become self-sufficient after their resettlement period. Often times, these refugees have a special needs family member who requires significant attention or are single parents who are not able to leave their children to go to work.
3. To support the Community Development Team, including creating linkages in the communities and collecting support for the organization.
4. To create a refugee family emergency assistance fund for refugees facing critical life crises regardless of their time in country. For example, the fund will provide monetary assistance to those who are unable to pay for funeral costs, life-altering medical treatments, and support for children with special needs.