Caring Friends Network is focused on community development through adult literacy, job training, and life skills coaching. We work to assist the underprivileged population in better understanding important job and life skills. Our ultimate goal is to empower them to draw out their best character and recognize their unique contribution to society. Our desire is to collaborate with Adult Basic Education Administrators and Public Health Administrators who are already working on the front lines. Through our job and life skill coaching, students of Caring Friends Network become qualified applicants who fulfill important roles in the marketplace.
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. CFN's additional individual tutoring helps our learners meet their academic goals at the diploma level, and beyond.
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.