Status Updates Archive: December 2012
Watch these amazing videos made by UIUC graduate students to hear interviews of members of the Congolese population in Champaign-Urbana. Thank you to the Center for African Studies for supporting such a great project, and for eBlackCU, which provides a digital archive space for black history in our community!
As we look back on 2012, we realize the large impact our small agency has had. In the past year, ECIRMAC has welcomed 209 new individuals(68 families) from twelve different countries into our community.
Thank you to Urbana's Unitarian Universalist Church for hosting a highly successful mitten, scarf and hat drive to benefit ECIRMAC families! And, of course, thank you to the individual community members who donated to this wonderful cause! Because of you, many families and little ones will stay cozy and warm this winter!
In the past year, and especially in the past few months, we have been receiving a record number of Congolese refugees, political asylees and immigrants. To learn about what brings these newcomers here, read the first installment of our new series of Country Profiles. In the months that come, we will be writing these profiles to educate the public about international humanitarian issues and how they manifest in our community!
The Refugee Center would like to extend a giant GRACIAS to all of the students in Professor Ann Abbott's Spanish in the Community class, who have worked all semester long to improve services to our Spanish-speaking community! You're all awesome, and will be greatly missed!
This weekend the Mexican Consulate will be in Champaign Urbana providing passports and ID cards to Mexican citizens. We have hundreds of appointments already confirmed and we need your help! We need bilingual students to help people fill out paperwork and some to help with childcare. Please visit this website to sign up!
During the first few weeks after launching our new website, we had over 400 unique visitors! Thank you to everyone who helped spread the word about our new site! Keep checking back, because new sections and information are being added regularly!
Please donate! Next Generation School (2521 Galen Drive Champaign) is accepting donations on behalf of ECIRMAC for household items to include in "Refugee Family Starter Kits." ECIRMAC distributes these starter kits to refugee families upon their arrival in our community. Next Generation states, "Beginning on December 10, we will be collecting the following items: paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo/conditioner, hand soap and toothbrushes/toothpaste, along with bath towels/hand towels. We would appreciate receiving donations of paper products and toiletry items in their original packaging. Bath/hand towels can be either new or in gently used condition."