Champaign County is home to over 24,000 immigrants from nearly 80 countries around the world. The University YMCA New American Welcome Center (NAWC) is a focal point for many Champaign newcomers as they transition to their new homes. Starting a new life in a new place is a daunting task, especially so for immigrants. There are a wide variety of challenges to face: language barriers, cultural differences, and work-life balance. In Champaign, there are over 100 resources available, ranging from healthcare to financial assistance. However, there is a large accessibility issue between those resources and the immigrants who can benefit from them.
To address this problem, we created the Oasis, a centralized virtual resource hub that equalizes and promotes information access to vital community resources. This tool allows immigrants to independently access resources according to their personal needs, and enables NAWC to better serve the community by offering more informed recommendations. With new features to increase accessibility in Spring 2021, the NAWC is currently piloting the product through 2021 through La Linea, YMCA legal clinics, and their public office hours.
Find Relevant Resources: Filter resources in your area by category, cost, languages spoken, location, and distance closest to you.
View Resource Details: See important details about each resource provided, including recommended contacts, addresses, required documents, and schedule.
Multi-Language Support: Language support for Spanish, Chinese, and French (the three most common languages in Champaign) allow users to view in their preferred language.
Admin Management: A centralized admin portal allows admins to upload, save, and share resources, as well as customize the homepage, testimonials, partners, and more.
We believe in a future where immigrants can be empowered to find resources on their own, and those providing can connect with those in need. To see our vision imagined, check out https://nawc.vercel.app/.