Crozet family delivers with second Change for Change drive

The Harris family of Crozet, VA, recently wrapped up their second successful Change for Change quarter drive for International Neighbors and delivered 12 gift bags—each filled with $50 in quarters, laundry supplies, and handmade greeting cards—to refugee neighbors in Charlottesville. It all started last summer, when Sarah Harris saw a Facebook post about IN’s Change…

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20 Reasons 2020 Wasn’t All Bad

There’s no doubt about it, 2020 was a tough year. While we’re certainly not sad to see it go, a few things happened at IN last year (doesn’t it feel good to call it “last year”!) that made us happy—and even proud. Here are a few reasons 2020 wasn’t all bad. Reason No. 1 Baby Marcel…

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Amy Long: Overcoming adversity with love

Amy Long (pictured above) is one of the special people we call Great Neighbors.  A few years ago, Amy learned about SIVs living in Charlottesville—people who had served alongside our military in Iraq and Afghanistan who were no longer safe in their country and were granted Special Immigrant Visas to come live in the United…

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Bringing Light: Celebrating the helpers on the ninth night of Hanukkah

Tonight is the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. And, as most people know, the holiday ritual calls for lighting one additional candle on the menorah each successive night until, on the last night, all of the candles are glowing.  You might notice that the menorah holds nine candles, not just eight. The one that occupies…

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CACF Grant Helps IN Assist More Families With Online Learning

Paid Staff and Volunteers Needed For Outreach  International Neighbors has been awarded a $35,000 Community Recovery & Catalyst Grant from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) to expand its efforts to facilitate online learning at home for refugee and SIV families.  These funds will enable us to provide families with computers, printers, and WiFi hotspots, as well as headphones, furniture and other items to…

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An Update on our Virtual Learning Centers

Dear Friends, As IN’s Virtual Learning Centers enter the second week, I wanted to update you on the three “learning pods”— one at the IN House, and two at Friends Meeting House. Thanks to incredible support from donors and volunteers, 18 refugee neighbors have been able to gather in small groups of students for supervision…

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Meet the Dream Team Leading IN’s Learning Pods

The “Dream Team,” (L to R) Marina Miller, Shahida Parveen, and Susanne Sachs, prepare to set up learning pods in the beautiful space donated by Charlottesville Friends Meeting House.  We are excited to introduce the accomplished group of women who will lead IN’s learning pods for English Language Learning (ELL) students—two pods of six students in the beautiful space donated…

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Backpacks carry more than school supplies

By Jennifer Spratley I usually find myself planning Great Neighbor Gatherings and distributing school supplies and backpacks this time of year. With neighborhood gatherings on hold in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, school prep—like all things in 2020—looks a bit different. As families began making plans for the upcoming school year (however it may look),…

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An open letter to our community

Dear Friends, Our hearts are heavy as we witness yet another chapter in our nation’s tragic history of violence and racism. The senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks have left us angry, shocked and saddened.  The majority of IN’s client base—our neighbors—are people of color who fled systemic…

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COVID-19 Resources for our community

**UPDATED 4/3/20** There is no doubt that the refugee and SIV population in Charlottesville is disproportionately affected by the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis. The purpose of this page is threefold: (1) To inform International Neighbors’ volunteers and clients of the ways our programs and community partnerships are impacted. (2) To offer our clients the most…

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