June Change for Change: Austin Miller Award Recipients
This month's Change for Change are The Nolumbeka Project, The International Language Institute, and Riquezas Del Campo. These three organizations will not only receive all Change for Change donations made in June but also the proceeds from this year's Strawberry Ice Cream Social, which returns on June 23rd (click here for more info). Continue reading to learn more about each organization!
The Nolumbeka Project
The Nolumbeka Project envisions a Connecticut River Valley where the histories, cultures and persistence of Northeastern Indigenous Peoples are recognized and celebrated, and where all beings coexist in balance and reciprocity. They host Indigenous presenters who share their cultures and histories at annual gatherings as well as through educational programs in schools and for the public. They strive to serve as a bridge between cultures and between past and future generations.
The International Language Institute
The ILI's mission is to promote intercultural understanding and diverse communities by providing high-quality language instruction and teacher training. Since 1984, thousands of students from more than 90 countries, as well as across the United States and throughout Western Massachusetts, have successfully completed their courses and classes. Hundreds of community volunteers have broadened their cultural horizons as tutors, mentors and host families.
Riquezas Del Campo
Riquezas Del Campo is an immigrant-led, worker-owned cooperative farm in Hatfield, MA that began leasing land on the Grow Food Northampton Community Farm in 2021. The farm is dedicated to making nutritious, organically grown produce accessible to everyone, including low-income folks. They provide education and training to members and community about cooperative economics and sustainable agricultural practices. Check out this article in the Gazette to find out more about how the farm has persevered to overcome numerous pandemic-related challenges since 2020!