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Volunteer Opportunities and Other Updates...

Suzanne S.
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Group Organizer
Bellevue, WA
Hi Everyone--

Here are some March updates--

1) Volunteer Opportunites:

Many of you have asked about volunteer opportunities in the community.

I recently spoke to two organizations that would really like some volunteer help.  They are specifically interested in having volunteers from the international community, and they stressed that it is NOT important for you to have excellent English skills.  They just want people who are motivated and willing to help!

** The Highland Community Center on Bel-Red Road in Bellevue would like to have volunteers to help with their programs for people with disabilities.   You do NOT need perfect English skills or knowledge of people with disabilites, just a kind and caring personality.  You will be helping with programs such as dance, cheerleading, sports, cooking, or art for adults with mental and physical handicaps.  You may choose which programs interest you the most.  You will also have a supervisor who is a native English speaker, so you will get some English practice, as well ;-)

They do NOT require you to have a social security number in order to volunteer, but they will do a background check of all volunteers.  Hours are flexible, but mostly in the afternoons and early evenings.  Contact Kim Indurkar at (425) 452-7686, kindurkar@bellevuewa.gov­

You can tell her you heard about the opportunity through the ELLA group.

** The Forest Ridge International Student House in Newport Hills area of Bellevue would like to have volunteers come to the house and spend time with the students there.  Forest Ridge is a girls' private school for grades 5-12.  The International Student House is where girls from overseas live while they attend school in the U.S.  You do NOT need perfect English skills, just a kind and caring personality.  You can choose what type of activity you would like to be involved with... such as tutoring students, dining with the students and chatting with them, playing games with the students, cooking demonstrations or art projects for the students, and more.  You can choose to volunteer every week, or every other week, or only once a month.  They are very flexible with the schedule.  Also, you can volunteer with a friend and come together, if you like!

They do NOT require you to have a social security number in order to volunteer, but they will do a background check of all volunteers. Hours are flexible, but mostly in the afternoons, early evenings, and weekends because the girls are in school during the day. Contact Sue Winsnes at (425) 746-9323, SueWi@forestridge.org­

You can tell her you heard about the opportunity through the ELLA group.

** Other Volunteer Opportunities are available throughout the community.  You can find all sorts of opportunities by contacting to the Volunteer Coordinator for the City of Bellevue: Shelly Shellabarger at (425) 452-5375, sshellabarger@bellevuewa.gov­


2) Helpful ESL Book:  ELLA member and co-organizer, Nadya, recently shared a book with me that is extremely useful, so I thought I would pass the information along to you.  The book is called Everyday American English Expressions.  It is the most complete and well-organized book of expressions that I have seen.  It is an excellent resource.  The expressions and phrases are very practical.  They are realistic and accurate, and used in daily spoken English, not "text-book" style phrases.  I highly recommend this book.  You can find it on Amazon or in bookstores, new or used: http://www.amazon.com/Dictionary-Everyday-Expressions-McGraw-Hill-References/dp/0844257796/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362721682&sr=8-1&keywords=everyday+american+english+expressions­

Other helpful books and resources can be found on our ELLA website at the bottom of the Study Ideas tab: http://www.ellalliance.org/esl-study-ideas.html­


3) Handouts from our Wednesday Class:  If you are unable to attend our Wednesday morning class, but would like to see some of the handouts, you can find them on this page of our ELLA website: http://www.ellalliance.org/esl-handouts-from-our-wednesday-class.html­

Last Wednesday we talked about vocabulary and phrases for getting help if you have car troubles while you're on the road.  We also went over what to do if you get pulled over by the police or if you get into a car accident.  These handouts are online at the link above, under March of 2013.

Have a happy month of March!

--Suzanne

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