Sunday, February 5, 2012

Nashville Mobile Market's One Year Anniversary

Today, on an unseasonably warm Superbowl Sunday, a crowd gathered outside of the Edgehill Apartments to celebrate the Nashville Mobile Market's first year of service. Over a year ago, a group of Vanderbilt students saw the need to eliminate food deserts in Nashville and began dialogues with community leaders whose neighborhoods would benefit from their initiative. With the generous support of the Frist Foundation, the idea became a reality. Now, a year later, the Mobile Market visits food desserts throughout the city bringing fresh produce and healthy options to individuals who otherwise do not have convenient access to such goods.

Ladies from the Vanderbilt Coalition for Healthy Aging and 
Tennessee Foreign Language Institute showing their Support for the Mobile Market 

The success of the Mobile Market, and the support we have received from its founder, is one of the reasons why we believe in the success of a mobile ESL classroom.

Way to go Mobile Market team and the volunteers who put in 15,000 hours this past year!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Best Advice

On January 19th, a scattering of Nashville's most influential individuals from resettlement centers, the public school system, and community organizations who provide services to refugees, joined ESL to Go for our first advisory committee meeting.

The enthusiasm from everyone present and the expressed desire and NEED for this initiative bred creative and thoughtful ideas.

Here are some of our favorites:
-Open resume writing workshops
-Getting the word out via Metro Nashville Public Schools radio announcements and school board meetings
-Work in collaboration with companies that employ a large number of refugees to help both sides, the employers and refugees, better understand each other's needs

This project is truly a community effort. We are thankful for the strong and supportive individuals who empower this community.