Subject: A time to give thanks

Stand with Immigrants and Refugees on #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the end of year giving season. 

Together, we can ensure that low-income immigrant and refugee families have access to expert legal services, education programs, and therapeutic supports that help them find stability and success in the United States.

Greetings from IIIC's Executive Director 

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving holiday. This year, I am very grateful for:

Our staff and volunteers, every single one, who work so tirelessly on behalf of the immigrant community and our young J-1 exchange visitors.

Our donors, partners and board leaders, every single one, who give so generously of their time, talent and treasure.

The immigrants and refugees we serve, every single one, who contribute so much to our society, and who, like generations before, have braved new worlds to create a better future for their families.

So, thank you for supporting the IIIC - Boston’s Welcome Center.

This month, we also send our congratulations to John Donohue and all at the Arbella Insurance Group as they celebrate their 30th anniversary. We are very grateful that Arbella is "Here. For Good."

Please join us for our annual Solas celebration on December 6th – it is going to be a wonderful evening, and we are nearly sold-out. If you are not able to join us, please donate to our end-of-year campaign.
Make a gift in support of an immigrant family, or in honor of one of your ancestors who pioneered the way for your family to this great country.

Wishing you all a restful, holiday weekend with family and friends.

Warm regards,

Ronnie

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." - Cicero

Students Give Thanks and Celebrate

This week, our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students learned about Thanksgiving, a quintessential American holiday. Class curriculum focused on the history and culture surrounding this celebration, and students practiced English language skills as they worked together to write reasons why they are thankful. The thoughtful responses shared by our students demonstrate the power of immigrating to the United States, the community created at the IIIC, and the importance of family and friends. 

One student wrote, "I am thankful for my wonderful family, my health, my new life, my kids, my parents, my husband, and for everything in my life." Another responded, "I am thankful to God for the chance to come to the United States. I am thankful for my teachers because they help me to improve my English. I am thankful for my classmates when I study."

Here at the IIIC, we are so thankful for our students and for the vibrant energy and joy that they bring to our welcome center. On Monday, we were able to share a potluck meal with our classes in honor of the holiday, and really enjoyed the time for community and togetherness. 
New Volunteers Give Back
“It’s a joy to see the dedication and tenacity of the team here at the IIIC and I love being a part it!” - Peggy, Guest Services Volunteer. 

One of nearly 100 volunteers, people like Peggy give countless hours of their time supporting immigrant and refugee families at our center. They are in our classroom supporting teachers, working with our communications team to share our stories, and welcoming guests to the center. They are attorneys, teachers, students, parents, working and retired. 

This week we welcomed a new group of volunteers and look forward to seeing the impact they make at the IIIC. If you would like to learn more about volunteering, contact Ann Marie by completing the volunteer questionnaire on our website, here.
Sharing Cultures and Tradition

Here at the IIIC, we are dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to all in our diverse community. We believe that through community building, we can achieve a more respectful and aware society. 

With the holidays upon us, our Intercultural Program is gathering holiday stories, poems, and illustrations that capture our varied traditions at this time of the year. We invite you, our readers, to join us! Send your holiday traditions for us to share, throughout the month of December, to Francesca at fparanzino@iiicenter.org. 

We are excited to announce our upcoming citizenship roundtable events for engaging new citizens! Thanks to the generosity of the Fish Family Foundation, we will be hosting quarterly roundtable discussions. More information to come!
IIIC Launches New Website!

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new website! We are grateful to all of those who made the site possible, particularly including:
 Myriad, Inc., Berkshire Bank, and Susan Golden at Eventide Photography. 
From the immigrants and refugees we serve at the IIIC and our staff - thanks for your support!
The Irish International Immigrant Center empowers more than 3,500 immigrants and refugees annually, from over 120 different countries, by providing the legal, wellness, and education support they need to build successful lives. Building on our Irish roots of welcoming others and social justice, we help newcomers find community and we are committed to standing up for immigration policies that are humane and just. America is a nation of immigrants, and despite the current political climate, we are proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all. 

Please consider supporting our work by making a donation.

The IIIC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. All donations are tax-deductible.
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