Lincoln Literacy hosts concert to help refugees

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Literacy, a nonprofit dedicated to helping refugees, is putting on a free benefit concert Thursday in Lincoln.

It will start at 7 p.m. at First-Plymouth Church and will last about an hour.

The “Concert for World Harmony” will feature vocal and chamber music, with an emphasis on world folk music.

It’s in response to the turmoil overseas and a way to honor refugees.

We’ve had hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan, and we’re starting to see refugees from the war in Ukraine,” said Clayton Naff, executive director of Lincoln Literacy.

“This evening’s concert is dedicated to the idea that we can do good right here, we can bring people together from many different cultures and live in harmony,” he said. “And our wonderful singers and musicians are going to bring that to life with their musical performances.”

Naff said Lincoln Literacy hopes to not only show support for refugees, but to raise money as well.

The organization has seen an over 60% increase in refugees over the past year, and it costs money to help them all.

While the concert is free, Lincoln Literacy hopes that people will donate to the nonprofit as part of Lincoln Gives so they can continue helping refugees.

“We help more than 1,000 people a year, and in doing that, we strengthen our community,” Naff said. “We put people to work, we help lift their families out of poverty, we give their children a love of reading, we help them succeed in school, and we work with many important businesses from Bryan Health to Kawasaki and many others to make this community do what it does best: thrive.”

Lincoln Literacy is hoping to raise at least $110,000 by the end of May so it can meet its budget.

To donate and support Lincoln Literacy, click HERE.

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