Caring Friends Network is focused on community development through adult literacy, job training, and life skills coaching. Our ultimate goal is to empower community residents and Adult English Language Learners (ELLs) to better understand the important job and life skills to draw out their best character and unique contribution to society. Our desire is to collaborate with Adult Basic Ed Administrators and Public Health Administrators who are already working on the front lines. We desire to help the community based business owners of Bloomington who have communicated that they are lacking qualified applicants.
We have been involved with the Bloomington Public Schools since 2013 tutoring adult learners and English Language Learners (ELL) as they pursue their High School Diploma or GED. We have also seen a great need in tutoring for Adult ELL students as they are attempting to receive their driver’s license. In addition to tutoring in the public school setting for this, we have created All Nations Drivers Training to provide behind the wheel instruction as well as time at a driving simulator that we have set up. Caring Friends is partnering with All Nations Drivers Training to provide proctors to sit with individuals as they take a spin in the simulator, utilizing this time to build relationships to further personal development.
CFN's niche is our deeper, longer term, more personalized investment in fewer adult ELLs (25-35 at any given time) and our long-time presence in the Adult Basic Education (ABE). In the Bloomington Public Schools ABE, the adult ELLs we serve are receiving a high quality basic education, and we're free to prioritize the aptitudes and skills outlined in the CTC project. Through individual tutoring, CFN actively supports our learners meed their academic goals at the diploma level, and beyond. The CTC initiatives and goals are in addition to the fundamentals being provided by ABE.
One of our adult learners, who is a Somali college student, has expressed her appreciation for CFN and her remarks are, "The volunteers at Caring Friends Network always go the extra mile to help us." Right now, we are seeking donors who are willing to help us keep walking. Any amount you can donate is valuable and appreciated. Your contribution will help us continue to provide free services to our international friends. It is a great opportunity to impact our local community as you partner with us.