Archive for Saturday, October 27, 2001

Small World introduces international women to community

October 27, 2001


Phone: 841-3645

Contact person: Kathy Mulinazzi, director


Small World has a long history of helping international women to assimilate into the Lawrence community, and the organization needs volunteers to continue its good work.

"We need to recruit and retain volunteers," director Kathy Mulinazzi said.

Small World was established in 1968 when a group of women returned to Lawrence after being on sabbaticals with their Kansas University faculty husbands in Caracas, Venezuela. The university was setting up an exchange program in the South American country, and before long, visiting Venezuelan scholars, students and their wives began coming to Lawrence.

The American women who had lived in Venezuela had developed "an appreciation of what it was like to live in another country and not speak the language," Mulinazzi said. They decided to develop a program for international women that would help them learn English, introduce them to American traditions and culture and provide socialization activities for them and their children.

Mulinazzi, who has been a volunteer with Small World for 20 years, said the organization's participants include 70 international women who represent 23 countries, 25 American women and about 30 children.

The organization meets from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church.

Mulinazzi said volunteers are needed to work with the children's program; help complete admission application forms; help administer testing; collect tuition fees; substitute teach or tutor; and oversee the library.

Last week's results

Eve Cofer, coordinator of the East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation, 1600 Haskell Ave., said no one called the agency to volunteer to help out with its holiday drive.

Volunteers are needed Nov. 3 to load and unload items collected during the food, clothing and toy drive at Crown Chevrolet-Oldsmobile and on Nov. 18 to pack and sort the items for holiday boxes.

Cofer said people also can help ECKAN by participating in the holiday Adopt-a-Family program or by donating canned food, toys, clothing, cash or gift certificates. Those wishing to help can call Cofer at 841-3357.

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