Community Life ESL

One of many Biblical mandates at the heart of WCC’s growing outreach strategy rests in loving our neighbors, as well as showing hospitality to the stranger and acceptance into the community. Which is why we’re excited to launch Community Life ESL (English as a Second Language) in partnership with Warsaw Community Schools.

Community Life ESL is a volunteer-based community program utilizing instructors from local schools, area professionals to share their story in and of community involvement, and communication coaches for round table discussion and practice. It consists of four specific units of English classes for adults in 18 lessons designed to equip students to develop deeper relationships in the community as a normal part of the learning process. In this sense, it is not just a language learning program, but an environment in which students will learn to build relationships in their community – to speak, to listen, to interact in natural ways and to take part in people’s lives.

It is also designed to bridge the gap between the school, area community leaders, and the limited-English speaking community. Investing time in getting to know people from the outset is a foundational part of this program and is designed to help students grow toward achieving a healthy and sustainable level of community engagement by the time they reach the end of the program.

Important Dates:

Leesburg Elementary

Fall Family Intro and Information Night
Leesburg Elementary School
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30-6:30pm

Community Life ESL Classes
Leesburg Elementary School
September 28, October 5, 12, 26 and November 2, 9, 16, and 30

How You Can Help…

The key to success for this program will be the vital engagement of volunteers at all levels, from conversation coaches to childcare providers to set-up, clean-up, and food volunteers. Take a look at the details below and please sign up for one or multiple of the volunteer opportunities.

  • Conversation Coach: This weekly, hour-long commitment involves engaging in an English conversation with 2-3 adult students for 10-20 minutes per class. *No Spanish speaking experience is needed!
  • Childcare Volunteer: This weekly, 90 minute commitment involves having fun with children of the Community Life ESL students at Leesburg Elementary School.
  • Set-up/Clean-up Volunteer: This weekly, two hour commitment, from 5:20-7:20pm involves making sure classrooms are set-up and then properly cleaned and sanitized after class.
  • Food Volunteer: Help donate snacks for Community Life ESL students and/or their children to enjoy during the class.
  • Intro Night Volunteer: Help with set-up, clean-up, games, food, registrations, etc. for the Family Intro Night on Tuesday evening, September 21.

Whether you can help at each class or just a couple or even one, your investment in others is greatly appreciated!