Help Global Connections on Centre Gives 2022

Centre Gives is just around the corner. The biggest annual donation event in Centre County will happen on May 10 and 11. The 2022 edition has a new and special participant: Global Connections. Our goal is to raise $2,000. The money will be used to strengthen our finances and expand program offerings.

Our activities include free classes to learn English as a Second Language (ESL), book clubs, cultural luncheons, a discussion group, poetry readings, and informal cultural, educational, and exchange activities and interactions. Also, with the fund GC will be able to help people in need in the community.

Another important goal during Centre Gives is to spread the word about the work Global Connections does. It is important to emphasize that no money would go to administrative costs. Our mission is to foster meaningful relationships through service, education, and partnership. Click here to check our profile:

Do you know Centre Gives?

Centre Gives is an annual 36-hour online giving event designed to encourage community giving and to support the great work of Centre County nonprofits. The 2022 edition will start at 9 am on Tuesday, May 10, and end at 9 pm on Wednesday, May 11. During Centre Gives, donors may visit to make secure donations to their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Your gift could also help qualify your favorite nonprofits to win additional cash prizes! This community event is hosted by Centre Foundation and supported by our community impact funds and partnerships with local businesses.

Stay tuned for additional details.

International Poetry Night inspires public

No matter where you’re from, poetry is a universal language. It is more than the combination of words with meter and rhyme. Poetry definitely touches hearts. Beautiful and inspirational moments marked the International Poetry Night, organized by Global Connections. Webster’s Bookstore Café opened its doors for about 30 people from different countries on April 9.

Poems were read in Spanish, Farsi, Russian, French, Portuguese, and, of course, in English. The event celebrated the National Poetry Month. Between the participants there were people from the USA, Iran, Mexico, Kazakhstan, India, and Brazil.  

Ardavan Javid attended a Global Connections event for the first time. She read “Bani Adam” in Farsi and its translation in English. “I found an advertisement for Poetry Night and decided to come. It was great.” Asked if she would attend another event like that, she was emphatic: “Sure!”

Bob Persiko, president of GC, said that “Global Connections’ mission is to bring people together to share their cultures and learn from each other. Poetry is a beautiful vehicle to do this.” He also expressed our special appreciation for Elaine Meder-Wilgus, the manager of Webster’s, for her strong support of GC over the years and for letting us have the Café for our event.

Global Connections and Centre Safe together against domestic and sexual violence

The members of the Tuesday discussion group participated of an important presentation made by Centre Safe. Becky Misangyi and Brittany Sherman talked about their work in the organization dealing with social issues in the Centre County area. They spoke about equality and equity, violence, mental health, homelessness and poverty. They explained how people in danger can ask for help. The session also benefited from the participation of Alix Crosswell, Family Liaison and Bilingual Educator for the State College Area School District.

Centre Safe has the mission to empower survivors of sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking and to work toward the elimination of such violence. They have a hotline where people can find help (814 234 5050). Click here for other information

You are invited for a special Brazilian lunch

Feijoada, a traditional (and delicious) dish from the Brazilian cuisine made with beans, will be served at the next cultural luncheon. The event organized by Global Connections will be held at Saint Andrews Church (208 W. Foster Avenue), on May 5th from noon to 1 pm. 

The catering will be provided by the Brazilian Munchies. They will also serve rice, farofa and, for dessert, a brigadeiro. The meals will be served to eat in or to go. Bruce Truitt, Global Connections member, will play Brazilian music during the event. The price is $20 per person. The registration link for the Brazilian Food Cultural Luncheon is on

Virtual General Membership Meeting

You are invited to a General Membership Meeting that will be held virtually on Thursday, April 21 at 6:00 PM. The purpose of the event is to approve changes in bylaws for Global Connections. Here is the link to the package of documents (Bylaws Revision) for your consideration: ( Please read them over carefully to inform yourself about what decisions we need to make. Let us know if you have any questions. A more detailed agenda will be distributed closer to the meeting.

In addition to discussing the bylaws amendments, there will be a presentation by Kiyomi Masamune, a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State, on her perspectives about cultural adjustment. She has some insights that we think you will find enlightening.

Click here to access the meeting.

 International Poetry Night at Webster´s Café

“The poetry is the eternization of the moment”, said the Brazilian poet Manoel Bandeira. You are Global Connections’ special guest to eternize a moment of open mics to show the beauty of poetry all over the world.

In honor of National Poetry Month, Global Connections will be holding an International Poetry Night. All members are welcome to step up and share their favorite poem from a favorite poet in their own language and its English translation or share one of their own poems.

Let us know which poets have inspired you. Are you a poet? Come share your work or a poem that’s touched your life. If you prefer, only attend this inspiring event and enjoy a cultural night. It will happen at Webster’s Bookstore Café (133 E Beaver Ave, State College), on Saturday, April 9th, at 7 pm.

The registration is free for all Global Connections members.

Global Connections is a non-profit and all-volunteer membership organization. We welcome people to register for membership and pay dues of only $10 per year.

Click here to access the registration link for the International Poetry Night.