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Glen Haven, Oakwood Forest, & Legacy Crossing Community Centers Program

Contact for Legacy Crossing & Glen Haven: Natacha Nikokeza at 336.334.5466

Contact for Oakwood Forest: Jannifer Pastorick at 336-256-0354


The CNNC Community Centers Program facilitate the integration of immigrants and refugees into the community with equity and a sense of justice through a focus on:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Employment
  • Cultural Brokering
  • Referral
  • Advocacy

See our Summer 2015 Newsletter!


The three Centers provide:

  • ESOL classes (group and one-on-one)
  • Employment readiness sessions
  • American cultural and social education
  • After-school tutoring for K-12 students
  • Social enrichment activities, field trips and summer programming for youth
  • Health and safety classes
  • Forums to educate parents in the complex on issues of safety, health, childcare
  • Case management services
  • Social work experience for social work interns
  • A great opportunity for volunteers
  • Weekly visits by Congregational Nurses

Volunteer Opportunities

Our Community Centers Program is always looking for volunteers! We work with over 600 volunteers every year. We work with individuals and groups of volunteers. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Tawanna Maryland, at for more information! Some opportunities include:

  • After-school tutoring immigrant and refugee youth
  • Building mentoring relationships with newcommer youth and young adults
  • Assisting with English, Citizenship and Job Training classes for adults
  • Providing much needed childcare and pre-school ageded programming for toddlers
  • Provide social enrichment programs for youth through boys and girls groups, sports teams and special interest groups
  • Provide health information to adults through one-time or ongoing sessions
  • Beautification projects at the centers including painting, cleaning organizing supplies, etc
  • The opportunities are endless!

Donations the Community Centers are currently seeking:

  • Office supplies: hole punches, staplers, staples, tape dispensers, whiteboard markers, white board erasers, scissors, thumb tacks, cork board
  • School supplies: calculators, pencils, glue sticks, chalk board chalk, chalk board eraser
  • Household items: plastic reusable cups, paper towels, cleaning supplies, sponges, dish soap, toliet paper, trash bags
  • Outside activities: soccer balls, soccer ball pump, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, Frisbees
  • Dictionaries for adults and youth
  • Painting supplies: rollers, drop cloths, blue tape, paint, paintbrushes
  • Books: children’s books, young adult
  • Clothing of all sizes, particularly GCS SMOD clothing
  • Winter clothes!
  • Monetary donations and GTA bus passes

Population/Area Served

Residents of the Glen Haven, Legacy Crossing, and Oakwood Forest Complexes and the surrounding community.

Sponsoring Source

Local university service learning students, interns, community volunteers and the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

Research Fellows

Raleigh Bailey