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Network of Nations van helps local internationals

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST
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(Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)
Representatives of Network of Nations picked up a 15-seat passenger van Tuesday at Brian Bemis Auto Group, thanks to private donations and a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation.  Network of Nations supports internationals from both Northern Illinois University and DeKalb County. Pictured (from left) are Marc Wasser, operations director at Brian Bemis Auto Group; Pastor William Mills, Network of Nations board chairman; Ruth O'Donnell, Network of Nations director; and Larry Euhus of Brian Bemis.

Network of Nations Inc.’s dream of a 15-seat passenger van has become a reality thanks to the generosity of private donors, a $ 3,500 grant from DeKalb County Community Foundation, and the help of Brian Bemis Auto Group in DeKalb.

Network of Nations is a nonprofit organization that serves to link approximately 1,300 Northern Illinois University and community internationals with one another, and with volunteers from the community and local churches.

“For some time, we have been operating with approximately 50 volunteers who were using their own private vehicles to transport and meet the needs of our internationals – for things like airport pickup, our weekly café, furniture delivery, events and much more,” Network of Nations Director Ruth O’Donnell said in a news release. “This van will allow us to provide hospitality and goodwill to our internationals and their families in a way that we could not before. We are so grateful to all who partnered with us to achieve this major goal.”

For more information on the organization, visit www.networkofnations.org or call 815-895-3116, ext. 205.

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