English Language Center hosting BBQ for Bucks fundraiser Thursday evening

The English Language Center of Cache Valley opened for business in September 1998 and their vision, when they opened their doors, was to provide a friendly and welcoming environment where students could learn English and gain the skills necessary to become self-sufficient community members.

This Thursday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., they are hosting the BBQ For Bucks at the new Cache Valley Events Center at 490 South 500 West in Logan. On KVNU’s For the People program on Tuesday, our guests were Katie Jensen, one of the founders of the center and its current director, and Patty Grewe, who has served on the board of directors for the last 2 ½ years. Grewe directed the fundraiser last year, and talked about this year’s event.

“We’re changing venues, we’re changing just the whole outlook of the fundraiser. I think it’s geared to just going and having a great time. But it’s also geared to bringing your wallet because we really need your help,” said Grewe.

Jensen talked about what the center does specifically for its students.

“We teach English to adult immigrants and newly-arriving refugees from all over the world. We teach about 600 students per year, we have about 19 teachers and 300-plus volunteers that serve at our center every year. In one year last year we served people from 70 different countries.”

She said in addition to the Buffet BBQ catered by Justin Hamilton, there will be games, a live band and also some of the students from the center will be there to share their stories. Jensen said people say to her many times that they don’t know what to do for refugees.

She said one way to help is to go to their website www.elc-cv.org and get tickets for the event Thursday night, then come to the BBQ. Also on their website, you can check out the online auction. Residents can also visit the English Language Center and see for themselves what they accomplish in our community.

AUDIO: Katie Jensen and Patty Grewe talk about ELC and BBQ for Bucks

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