Fall 2018 Newsletter
Table of Contents
- Celebrating 25 Years of Life-Changing Work
- Letter From the Executive Director and Board President
- Reflection on Our Summer Program
- Letter from Sang Won (John) Lee
- Try Something New: Volunteer with Us!
- Grow Your Leadership and Support Your Community: Contact Us Today!
Celebrating 25 Years of Life-Changing Work
Woven Together (Nối Vòng Liên Kết)
On behalf of our board of directors, we cordially invite you to join us on this momentous occasion of Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối’s 25th anniversary celebration to walk down memory lane, share dreams and gather sparks of creativity as we continue this journey. Your collective contributions in serving our community over the last 25 years have made this a joyful experience. With greatest appreciation, we sincerely hope you will be able to join us in the festivities.
Nhân dịp kỷ niệm 25 năm hoạt động của trung tâm Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối. Ban Quản Trị chúng tôi xin trân trọng mời quý thầy cô, quý học viên, cùng toàn thể ông bà anh chị em thiện nguyện đến tham dự, chia xẻ kinh nghiệm và đóng góp ý kiến. Chúng tôi chân thành đa tạ quý vị và các bạn hữu đã tận tụy giúp đỡ cho trung tâm Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối thành công phục vụ quý đồng hương trong nhiều phương diện suốt 25 năm qua.
Join Us on November 3, 2018
You can also purchase tickets from us by sending us a check to:
Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối
1032 S Jackson St, Suite C
Seattle, WA 98104
Letter from the Executive Director and Board President
Ms. Minh Đức Phạm Nguyễn
As the Executive Director and the new President of the Board of Directors, we are excited to invite you to Helping Link’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 3rd. At this event, we will be honoring the many individuals and organizations that have supported us on this 25 year journey, as well as celebrating our next chapter as an organization.
With our recent awards from the Satterberg grant and Technology Matching Fund, we are in a position to expand our services, staffing and partnerships. There is no shortage of challenges to face. Many of our clients want to become American citizens for fear of being deported, though they cannot hope to pass the test immediately without comprehensive English language skills. Volatile national political decisions regarding immigration have fueled the urgency for citizenship. Locally, we continue to advocate for public safety in the International District so that our clients and volunteers can come to Helping Link with confidence. We want to make sure that we continue to be the welcoming, joyful and important place that can make a difference in both individual lives and in our community.
Together with our new working Board members, we are analyzing our business needs and starting a strategic plan to focus on sustainability. We are also recruiting for a taskforce to support us with finding a new home in the International District, so please reach out to us if you are interested in participating.
We look forward to meeting you at our November 3rd Anniversary Celebration and appreciate your continued support as we continue to strive to meet the growing needs of the community.
Minh-Duc Nguyen, Executive Director and Christina Davidson, Board President
Reflection on Our Summer Program
Our students were focused and committed to learning. We found meaning in every minute of time spent with them. It was such an inspiration to see them so determined to learn English and to witness their progress throughout the quarter.
– Summer 2018 E.S.L. Instructors
Letter from E.S.L. Instructor Sang Won (John) Lee
While teaching the Conversational English course this summer at Helping Link, I reflected back to when I started learning English 14 years ago as a 4th grader who recently immigrated from South Korea. Although I was very driven to learn as a young student, it was the support of my teacher and fellow students that helped facilitate my successful command of the English language. This is the reason I decided to volunteer at Helping Link. It is my way of expressing my gratitude by paying it forward.
At Helping Link, the students’ circumstances were in many ways different than mine when I first learned English. They are older students from 20s to 60s who worked during the day and only had 4 hours of class each week to learn the basics of conversational English. These circumstances turned out to be their greatest strengths because they attended class more mature, more focused, and more committed to learning. Many came prepared hours before the start of the course and always wore a smile.
My amazing co-instructors, Kyle and May, and I were inspired by their fortitude and motivated to help them as best we could. Each minute spent with them was made more meaningful because we knew that they came to class with the hope that being able to speak English would improve their chance of success in America. I would like to thank Helping Link for this wonderful opportunity and the important work that they accomplish.
Try Something New: Volunteer With Us
We’re looking for volunteers interested in:
- Relocation Task Force
- Graphic/Web Design
- Board Service
Grow Your Leadership and Support Your Community: Contact Us Today!