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ELC volunteer teacher Lydia

Why I Teach at the ELC

“I don’t think I truly understood the impact of my work at the ELC  until I went to the DMV to get a Minnesota driver’s license about two months ago…” Every Tuesday evening, Lydia and her co-teacher, Nancy, spend two hours teaching English to the students pictured here. Lydia started volunteering at the ELC in…


My Weekly Shelter Shift

“Many people think if you put the homeless in housing, it should be enough. But then there’s a realization that that’s not all there is. OSH is very encompassing and actually works on the goals and hopes of residents.” When Tim began volunteering as a Daytime Assistant with OSH, he was searching for a way…

Women Rising

Women Rising

“I don’t want [my girl] to be like me, you know? I want her to have an education. To go to college.” Girls are defined by more than just the number of years they spend in school. They have families, work, ideas, and dreams. But the amount of education they receive is often the key…

Bikes for OSH

Bikes Wanted!

The OSH resident health program is once again expanding! Since starting our resident health and wellness program last spring, we’ve shared reports about yoga, acupuncture, group walks–even massage! And now, a new opportunity has rolled along. But we need you to help make it happen. With spring in the air (hopefully for good!), residents have…

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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