Know Your Nonprofit: Partnership in English Language Learning
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Partners in English Language Learning
Founded: in 1985
Purpose: We help English language learners become thriving members of our community by offering one-on-one English language tutoring, and building bridges that foster cross-cultural respect, understanding, and friendship.
CNL Member since: 2005
What is your mission statement?
Partnership in English Language Learning (PiELL) helps students become thriving members of the community by offering one-on-one English language tutoring, and builds bridges that foster cross-cultural respect understanding, and friendship.
Briefly, when and how did your nonprofit start?
PiELL has been serving western Nevada County residents since 1985. When it began, we were known as The Literacy Council of Nevada County. In 1998, we dedicated our program’s mission to teaching adults whose first language was not English. In 2008, we changed our name to Partners in English Language Learning to better represent our mission of not only tutoring our adult students in English, but also helping them become more comfortable with the local culture and community.
What is your annual budget? And what are the primary sources of funding?
Our annual budget is approximately $20,000. Non-government grants and private donations
How many employees does the organization have?
One paid part-time program coordinator who works 11 hours per week, a very active, hands-on volunteer board of directors, and 60 very dedicated volunteer tutors.
Who is your primary audience, the people who benefit the most from your organization?
Hundreds of hard-working adult residents whose primary language is not English but who are highly motivated to become proficient in the language.
What is your primary service area (specific city, countywide, the region?)?
Our primary service area is Western Nevada County, which includes Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, and Rough and Ready.
List the biggest achievements in your nonprofit’s history.
Student outreach: Over the past several years, we have consistently served between 85 to 95 students each year, helping them acquire the language skills to communicate and reach their goals and to help their children achieve success in school.
Tutor outreach: Over the past three years, we have trained 57 new tutors.
We continue to receive much-needed grants from local organizations and support from private donors.
List the biggest challenges you face.
Continuing to attract people in the community who want to become tutors. No other language but English is necessary, and we have an excellent in-house New Tutor Training program.
We need to find a qualified person to help with grant writing.
What is your primary goal for the next year?
To grow our client and volunteer base by 10 to 15 percent.
How can someone become involved with your organization?
By volunteering their time to help our students and by donating money for books and other teaching materials.
What kind of skills are you looking for from volunteers?
People with kind hearts, patience, and a willingness to help others.
Partnership in English Language Learners is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. You can learn more about The Center for Nonprofit Leadership online at http://CNLSierra.org or by calling 530-265-5600. The Center is on Facebook at http://facebook.com/NevadaCounty NonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.
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