About our Founder

Florence G. Phillips

Florence served 3 tours of duty as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 3 different countries, where she learned first how difficult it is for a foreigner to learn the local language, and to be able to understand the locals, especially if you are simultaneously working. When she returned home to the United States, she got frustrated by people writing into the newspapers complaining that “these immigrants coming into our country should be speaking English.” Remembering her time abroad and from her childhood experience with immigrant parents, she knew that “these people” wanted to learn English but had many obstacles. She resolved to do her part by eliminating their obstacles and began tutoring a woman in English. Soon the demand for her help grew to be much more than she could handle and she recruited others to help her. Thus, the ESL In-Home Program of Northern Nevada was born.

Florence Phillips has received the following awards
2016 – Volunteer Manager Finalist, Governor’s Point of Light
2016 – Top Female Executive, IWLA Worldwide Publishing Roster
2016 – Soroptimist International of Carson City
2016 – Carson City Chamber of Commerce: Awarded Women’s History for Month of March
2015 – Soroptimist International Grant Award
2015 – AmeriCorps National Semi-Finalist
2014 – Leadership Award from Ameri/Corps & NV Volunteers
2011 – Nominee for AARP Andrus Award
2011 – Soroptimist International Ruby Award
2010 – Points of Light Institute
2009 – Points of Light Institute
2009 – Citizen of the Year – Reno Gazette Journal
2009 – Finalist, Governor’s Points of Light, State of Nevada
2008 – Humanitarian of the Year, Nevada Appeal

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