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English In Action needs $3,065 to score challenge grant

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The nonprofit organization English in Action is seeking special help this week to take advantage of a challenge grant.

The group needs to raise $3,065 to reach a goal of $20,000 before Aug. 1. If it reaches that goal, an anonymous donor will provide another $20,000.

If English In Action can secure the total of $40,000, it will help address its top priority of training and recruiting, according to Lynn Nichols, a member of the group’s board of directors. English In Action has roughly 170 tutors helping 250 adult students improve language skills. More tutors will be recruited and trained so that the waiting list of more than 100 potential students can be reduced, Nichols said.

In reality, the need is even greater than the numbers suggest. Many people who are trying to improve their English reading, writing and speaking don’t join the waiting list because it’s already too long, Nichols said.

“We’re well beyond 100,” she said.

The organization also aims to set up small-group classes so it can reach more students.

While the direct mission is to help adult learners improve their English skills, an equally important benefit is helping build relationships in the Roaring Fork Valley between people with cultural and language divides, Nichols said.

Donors can contribute online at http://englishinaction.org or stop by the office at 33 Gillespie Drive in El Jebel.

In addition to the challenge grant, English In Action will enlist famed chef Susie Jimenez for an Aug. 5 fundraiser called “Bites From Around the World.” There will be international appetizers and cocktails at the Grey Lady in Aspen from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. They can be purchased by calling 963-9200.


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