Jared Polis joins Intercambio students to aid in food bank

Jared Polis with Intercambio students
Jared Polis with Intercambio students

Congressman Jared Polis joined volunteers from around Boulder County at the Sister Carmen Community Center Food Bank in Lafayette from 9:45 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on July 2nd. Among the volunteers were 20 students from Intercambio, a non-profit that provides affordable English and culture classes to adults in and around Boulder County. Some of these students are taking Intercambio English classes at Sanchez Elementary School, while others are Lafayette Library Citizenship students, who are all awaiting their interview to become U.S. citizens.

“Intercambio is very excited to bring together a wonderful partner of ours in Sister Carmen Center with a local representative who couldn’t be more supportive of the immigrant community,” says Lee Shainis, Director and Co-founder of Intercambio.

The Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette now operates from a larger facility, which opened in 2011 and has made it easier to store the 1.3 million pounds of food that is donated each year. It has also made it easier for Sister Carmen’s 1,500 client families to choose the foods that they want, based on a point system that is set up according to supply.

“[Sister Carmen Community Center] is very excited to host Congressman Jared Polis and our partner agency, Intercambio, for their volunteer work day in our food bank,” says Suzanne Crawford, CEO of Sister Carmen Community Center in Lafayette. “We hope the event will be a fun way to strengthen the relationship between our agencies. Representative Polis cares deeply about our community and we look forward to the opportunity to give him a closer look at the work we do.”

 

Jared Polis with Intercambio students from Mexico, Germany, Tibet, Ukraine, South Korea,
Jared Polis with Intercambio students from Mexico, Germany, Tibet, Ukraine, South Korea,

Since he first was elected to office in 2008, Polis has been reaching out to the immigrant community and is one of the strongest advocates for immigration reform. He will discuss his experience as a congressman with the food bank volunteers and will then join them as they transfer donated food items from the warehouse out to designated shelves for community access.

“We look forward to providing our adult students the chance to give back to their community through this volunteer opportunity while having them connect with an influential policymaker to learn more about how our political system functions, or doesn’t function in many cases,” says Shainis. “Volunteerism is a very U.S. American value, one that we at Intercambio are proud of and grateful for, and we enjoy sharing that with our students from countries where volunteerism is a foreign concept.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Kristine Edwards at kristine@intercambio.org or 303-996-0275.

About Intercambio Uniting Communities
Intercambio Uniting Communities is a non-profit organization with a goal to improve the quality of life of immigrants and improve relationships between immigrant and non-immigrant communities in Boulder County. Founded in 2000, Intercambio provides immigrants with an opportunity to increase their understanding of English and the American culture to help them succeed in the United States. The classes provided by Intercambio are taught by volunteers and have been attended by thousands of students throughout Boulder County.

For more information, visit intercambio.org
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About Sister Carmen Community Center
Sister Carmen Community Center provides assistance to residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination. SCCC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with no religious affiliation. As a Family Resource Center, they are East Boulder County’s only comprehensive source of individual family services. They have been serving the community for over 30 years and utilize the strengths-based approach in working with participants, recognizing that everyone has a collection of strengths upon which to build. Many programs will refer to helping their participants to reach Self Sufficiency. SCCC wants to provide families the resources that can support their efforts toward achieving economic stability and building natural community supporters. Strengthening families and community…that is what SCCC is about.
For more information, visit intercambio.org
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