Latest OSCS Stories

Volunteer English teacher Dave

A Mutual Exchange

“I believe the English and Citizenship classes really make a difference in the lives of the students. I have developed a growing bond with many of them, and it has been a real pleasure getting to know them. I want to thank all of the students for accepting me and helping this rookie teacher get…


A Letter from Charles

“I was witnessing the true spirit of Christmas unfold right before my eyes. I had never seen anything like it. It warmed my heart to know that there were people out there who wanted us to share in the Holiday Magic, just in case we didn’t have anyone.”   Hello, My name is Charles. Happy…


English Will Bring Him Home

“The ELC gives me an opportunity to learn, speak, and write English. They help me to work towards completing my dream.” Ask Adrian where he believes the most beautiful place in the world is, and he will tell you–his home country of Ecuador. He misses it greatly, especially at this time of year. With only…


A Door Opens – Calvin’s Story, Part 2

“Something happens to a man who has nowhere to call home. Everyone treats him like dirt, and he begins to believe them.” After more than a decade of crack addiction, for the first time, Calvin did not know where he was going to sleep at night. There was no more money for rent. There were…

News & Announcements


Upcoming Events


    If we’re going to serve, we should do it year around. You don’t just care about someone once a year.

    Joy Volunteer Breakfast Server

    I really enjoy teaching and interacting with the students. Everyone at the English Learning Center Program brightens my day!

    Emily Volunteer English Teacher

    We are blessed to be involved… and we feel like we’re helping in some small way.

    Dianna Volunteer Shelter Dinner Server

    On the surface I help people balance their check book, understand their child’s math assignments, and ensure they can calculate simple financial transactions. But what I really do, what all tutors at the English Learning Center really do, is act as a guide. We guide people across a cultural bridge to a place very different from the one they have known their entire life. And though we ask nothing in return for our contribution to their journey, they pay us by giving us a better understanding of their culture and who they are.

    Matt Volunteer Math Teacher