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New afterschool effort aids immigrants

Charlotte has a new nonprofit dedicated to helping the fast-growing immigrant community acclimate to a new nation. OurBRIDGE is an afterschool program for immigrant and refugee children. Organizers say the goal is to provide a place where immigrants can adjust to a new culture, perfect their English and get support to succeed at school and in life. OurBRIDGE also seeks to foster greater awareness of the immigrant community’s many cultures and beliefs. The center at 1350 Central Avenue is currently helping families from more than 20 countries. In addition to donations, it is seeking volunteers.