Immigrant Welcome Center Adds Ten New Volunteers For Outreach, Two New Members to the Board of Directors
In February 2018, the Immigrant Welcome Center elected two new members to its volunteer Board of Directors and added 10 new volunteers to its ranks to help serve Indianapolis’ growing immigrant communities. The Immigrant Welcome Center relies upon scores of volunteers to serve immigrant newcomers in Indianapolis. 149 Community Volunteers are now available to help in 75 languages!
Robert Postlethwait, a retired executive from Eli Lilly, was elected to a three-year term on the organization’s Board. While at Eli Lilly, Postlethwait served in various roles including President of the Neuroscience Project Group from 1994 to 1999. He has also served on a number of boards, most recently the Butler University Board of Trustees, the International Center, and the National Advisory Board for TeenScreen at Columbia University Medical School. The Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center at Eskenazi Hospital was opened in 2014 as an inpatient facility for individuals with serious mental illness who require the safest possible environment for their recovery.
Patrick T. Tamm, the President and CEO of the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association (InRLA), was also elected to a three-year term. His government affairs work for InRLA has been recognized by the International Association of Hotel Association Executives and the Indiana Society of Association Executives. Tamm represents more than 1,600 hotels and restaurants across Indiana that employ more than 14% of the state, including the thousands of immigrants and refugees throughout Central Indiana.
At its annual meeting on Thursday, February 22, the board also elected the following officers to a one-year term:
- Richard C. Miller, President
Retired, E.D. Bullard Company
- Neelay K. Bhatt, Vice President
- Maria Pimentel-Gannon, Secretary
Founder, Necessary Ingredients for a Simple Existence (N.I.S.E.)
- Jackie Nytes, Treasurer
Indianapolis Public Library
Ten new volunteers completed training in February 2018 to become Natural Helpers. The Natural Helper volunteers, many of whom are recent immigrants themselves, provide a personal connection as well as information and referrals to community resources to help with health care, legal services, public transportation, education, housing and employment.
The newest Natural Helpers and their country of origin are:
Abdulrahman Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia; Alayna Hutchinson, United States; Denise Villarreal Chico, Mexico; Georges Mutombo Cinu, Congo D.R.; Lyha Docta Ifambe, Congo D.R; Jane Njoroge, Kenya; Jean Baptise Boonga, Congo D.R.; Joyce Cummings, Liberia; Kimberly Ashlock, United States; Madeline Cartagena, Puerto Rico
With the addition of this latest cohort of volunteers, the center now has 149 Natural Helper volunteers who represent 43 countries and speak 75 languages.
Last year, Natural Helpers provided assistance to 2,966 immigrants and refugees. Newcomers can request assistance from a Natural Helper by visiting one of the Immigrant Welcome Center’s seven neighborhood branches, calling the Immigrant Welcome Center at (317) 808-2326 or visiting www.immigrantwelcomecenter.org.