Meet Florence Phillips

Florence served 3 tours of duty as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 3 different countries.

During her tours, she learned first-hand how difficult it is for a foreigner to learn the local language, and to be able to understand the locals, especially while also working.

Florence Phillips

When she returned home to the United States, she got frustrated by people writing into the newspapers complaining that "these immigrants coming into our country should be speaking English."

Remembering her time abroad and from her childhood experience with immigrant parents, she knew that "these people" wanted to learn English but had many obstacles.

She resolved to do her part by eliminating their obstacles and began tutoring a woman in English. Soon the demand for her help grew to be much more than she could handle and she recruited others to help her.

And the ELL In-Home Program was born.

Florence Phillips has received the following awards:

2020 – Governor's Points of Light Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 – Manhattan Institute Civil Society (Read more about Manhattan Institute’s $25,000 award to our program )
2019 – Non-Profit of the Year award (Carson Chamber of Commerce)
2019 –  Medal of Valor, Simon Wiesenthal Foundation
2019 – Empowerment for Women Award
2019 – Soroptimist Ruby Award recipient
2018 – CNN Top 10 Hero Finalist
2018 – Nominated for Governor’s Points of Light Award
2017 – Nominated for CNN Heroes Campaign
2016 – Volunteer Manager Finalist, Governor’s Point of Light
2016 – Top Female Executive , IWLA
2016 – Soroptimist International of Carson City
2016 – Carson City Chamber of Commerce: Awarded Women’s History for Month of March
2015 – Soroptimist International Grant Award
2015 – AmeriCorps National Semi-Finalist
2014 – Leadership Award from Ameri/Corps & NV Volunteers
2011 – Nominee for AARP Andrus Award
2011 – Soroptimist International Ruby Award
2010 – Points of Light Institute
2009 – Points of Light Institute
2009 – Citizen of the Year – Reno Gazette-Journal
2009 – Finalist, Governor’s Points of Light, State of Nevada
2008 – Humanitarian of the Year, Nevada Appeal


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