Lincoln Volunteers Welcome and Integrate Afghan Refugees
Jan 07, 2022
Clay Naff, Laila Ayuvzai
Lincoln Volunteers Welcome and Integrate Afghan Refugees

Topic: Lincoln South Rotary Club Meeting 2022_0107
Time: Jan 7, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Full Topic:
How Lincoln's volunteers rise to the challenge of welcoming and integrating refugees from around the world, including, most recently, those who fled Afghanistan as the Taliban closed in. Many nonprofits and government units work together to make refugee resettlement a success, but the volunteer tutors of Lincoln Literacy often have the most enduring and meaningful engagement with refugees. 
Clayton Naff has been executive director of Lincoln Literacy since 2006. Prior to going into nonprofit leadership, Naff was an international journalist. He served as Tokyo correspondent for United Press International, a freelance reporter for National Public Radio in Japan, and a research assistant for TIME magazine in Cairo, Egypt. 
In 1998, he changed careers and became executive director of Community Action of Nebraska. In 2002, he transitioned to become executive director of Nebraska Citizens for Science. After three years in that post, he was hired as executive director of Lincoln Literacy, where he continues to serve. In that time the organization has grown into a citywide network of learning centers, primarily for adult English language learners.
Thanks to hundreds of trained volunteer tutors, Lincoln Literacy serves over 1,000 people a year, most of them refugees or immigrants. In 2011, Naff was named Lincoln's Nonprofit Executive of the Year. He continues to push Lincoln Literacy to new levels of innovation and excellence.