BENEFITING: CHINESE AMERICAN PLANNING COUNCIL INC
VIdeo of my Ice Bucket Challenge: https://vine.co/v/MLJgzHHtxTw
Although there are many worthy causes to support with the #IceBucketChallenge, including ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to death. There is currently no cure for ALS.), I am choosing to support social services for immigrant communities through CPC and I hope you will as well.
If you want to show your support but dont have the resources to donate please do the #icebucketchallenge in honor of immigrant services (and to find a cure for ALS if that is your interest) and ask your friends to join in or share this page on your social media networks.
If you would like to donate to a specific program department please include the name of the department in your deadication comments and I'll see that they are sortted out to the right department.
- Early Child Care (daycare centers)
- School Age Child Care (elementary school after school and summer camp programs)
- Youth Services Division (JH Beacon and HS after school, summer enrichment, and community service projects)
- Workforce Development (career development, job training)
- Community Services (multi-social services - translation, assistance applying for government benefits, HIV/AIDS case management, parenting classes, child care referrals, etc.)
- Senior Services (Senior Centers and programming in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens)
- Brooklyn Branch (Multi social services, services for families with special needs, senior services, senior and caregivers support group, after school programs, weekend culture programs)
- Queens Branch (Multi social services, services for families with special needs, senior community service and employment, digital inclusion initiative)
Social services is a huge term so let's break it down into stories!
~*~ Many immigrant parents work long non-traditional hours making it hard for them to care for a newborn or toddler. Recognizing their need to work for a living and the needs of a child, parents sometimes opt to send their children to live with their grandparents in their native country until the child is old enough to go to school or pre-K. CPC provides emotional support for the child and the parents during their time of reunion and transition.
~*~ There are a few school age kids in our after school programs who were from a two parent household but since only one parent was able to obtain sponsorship to immigrate to the US with the son or daughter. The child goes from a two family house to a single parent house, while the other parent waits for their documents to immigrate to the US. CPC provides parents with the support they need to hold a steady job and assist the children with their academic achievements and enrichment.
~*~ There are so many high schoolers who are looking for a cause to believe in and a chance to make an impact on someone somewhere. CPC's youth programs give them the opportunity to do just that! They are given the chance to lead their own service projects, learn about new career paths they did not know were open to them, and develop their character.
~*~ When the garment industry was big in the LES, there were many immigrants, even some CPC staff, who had college degrees from China but did not know enough English to get a job in America. They found work in a garment factory, unable to use their education. CPC not only provides Literacy Classes so they can learn English or improve their English, we also provide job seekers with personalized counseling, job placement assistance, and job training programs.
~*~ How many times have you translated formal letters or bill for your parents or grandparents? Did you ever take a day off or miss a day of school because you had to accompany a family member for translation purposes? CPC helps families who do not know enough English to apply for eligible government assistance programs and provide other services in a culturally appropriate way.
~*~ There is a 102 year old grandma who comes to one of CPC's senior center everyday for a healthy meal, a chance to learn, and a safe place to socialize with her friends. Everyday she comes to play mahjong with her friends, which keeps her mind sharp and active. Without our Senior Centers many seniors would be living alone and at a greater risk for poor physical and mental health conditions.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of what CPC provides for the low income, immigrant communities of NYC every day. There are much more stories at the programs!
Please join me in supporting CPC as they enter their 50th year of service to the Asian community in NYC. Your contribution will help to ensure that these necessary services will still br provided to families for another 50 years and beyond.
www.cpc-nyc.org (we're getting the new website up soon!)