S.A.I.L. Writing Contest Save Angel Island League is proud to announce two bilingual (Chinese and English) writing contests on the topic of The Meaning of Angel Island History in 21st Century America to Me. Adult contest 1st prize $1000; high school 1st prize $500. Please submit to Save Angel Island League, P.O. Box 3468, Berkeley, CA 94703. Deadline: Feb. 15. Contact Chia-Chia Chien for details at 925-932-3492 (Fax).
Vision 2000 Foundation Calls for Applications The Vision 2000 Foundations mission is to promote participation by underrepresented ethnic groups in American civic activities through internship programs in various governmental offices, voter registration initiatives and training programs.
The Foundation has raised more than $2 million from private donors and intends to continue an ambitious fundraising schedule. The Foundations board of directors includes CEOs and senior management from Silicon Valley high-tech companies. To realize the mission of the Foundation, the board of directors of the Foundation is calling for applications for the position of executive director. The executive director should hold a college or advanced degree, exhibit the ability to manage the Foundations volunteer staff and serve as the key liaison between the Foundations operations and board of directors, have at least two years experience working in a civic or political capacity, display sensitivity toward multicultural issues, and possess strong organizational and communication skills. The Foundation offers a competitive compensation package.
Inquiries and submissions may be addressed to Barry Chang at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Hsu at email@example.com.
Childrens Services Fund As a collaborative between Wu Yee Childrens Services, Whitney Young Child Development Center and Childrens Council of San Francisco, The San Francisco Vendor Voucher Program assists San Francisco low-to-moderate income families in paying for licensed childcare for children 0-13 years old. It is designed to serve single-parent families who are working or have been offered employment, and two-parent families, of which either parent is working and offered employment and the other parent is working or enrolled in school or job training. Through the program, parents will be free to choose any licensed child care provider, as well as receive child care counseling. Registration is on-going and enrollment is based on availability of open slots. For more information and application forms, call Wu Yee Childrens Services, 415-391-8993.
Computer Classes Free after-school computer classes for low-income children in the Tenderloin, Mission, Chinatown and Western Addition are available through the Career Resources Development Center in San Francisco. For more information, call 415-775-8880.
Preschool Preview night One-stop shopping for busy parents. Come to the Ninth Annual Preschool Preview Night, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Hall of Flowers, 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, in Golden Gate Park. Representatives from over 80 local child care and preschool programs will be on hand to answer your questions. The event is free to the public and will include free childrens entertainment. For more information, call 415-563-0335 x 133.
City Sprouts Calling all parents of children ages four to eight: bring your child and curl up together in Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens Helen Crocker Russell Library to listen to stories from childrens books with gardening themes. City Sprouts: Stories about Urban Gardening is the theme for February. After the stories are read, take a guided walk designed especially for families in the Garden. Catch the event on one of two Sundays: Feb. 4 and Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The walk begins at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public.
Raise Awareness 2001 Boycott Pasand is holding a walkathon on March 3 to raise money for the survivors of the Lakireddy Bali Reddy Case. Walkers who are interested should meet at the Bridge Cafe at 12 p.m. on the San Francisco side of the bridge. For anyone interested in getting a sponsor sheet to raise money, and to RSVP, please contact Peta Cooper at 415-540-9227 and leave contact information.
Swing on a Star Star Academy, a nonprofit school in Marin County serving children of the Bay Area with multiple learning challenges, will have its annual fundraiser, Swing on a Star, Saturday March 10, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rincon Center Atrium/ Yank Sing Restaurant, 1 Rincon Center, 101 Spear Street, San Francisco. The event will feature silent and live auctions, live entertainment, and a sit-down Chinese banquet. For further information, contact Deborah Gray at 415-454-6949.
Low-Cost Housing Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity is currently taking applications for their low-cost housing, self-help program. Applications and guidelines are available in both Spanish and English at any central or eastern Contra Costa branch library, or may be obtained by calling the Habitat office at 925-288-0112 x 14. Applications must be mailed/postmarked by Saturday, March 16.
Tool Lending Center The San Francisco Tool Lending Center is a joint project of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners. Trained Tool Lending Specialists will be on hand during open hours to assist clients in tool selection and use. The Center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays form 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more information, call the Tool Lending Center at 415-467-8665.
Asian Neighborhood Design; Seismic Retrofit Employment Consortium Help in the office while gaining skills in employment development and placement, and help give low-income individuals more advantages in todays job market. Some computer ability required, and training will be provided. Contact William Bishop at 415-586-1011.
Asian Womens Shelter Opportunities exist to provide emotional and practical support for residents. Volunteers can assist clients with basic needs, accompany residents to appointments, and organize activities for children. Bilingual and bi-cultural skills are helpful. For more information, call 415-751-7110.
Asians over age 55 needed This New Year, become an Experience Corps volunteer and help children excel in school and in life. Join the movement of older adults serving children in San Francisco public school. Help out in classrooms, provide homework assistance, read one-on-one, supervise recreational activities, or run after- school programs. Make a difference by giving children in our communities caring, Asian American, adult role models. A monthly tax-free stipend of $150 is available for volunteers who serve 15 hours per week. No prior experience necessary. For more information, call Lori Byer at 415-759-3690.
Child Advocacy The San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (SFCASA) seeks community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Represent a childs best interests in Juvenile Dependency Court, and develop a supportive mentoring relationship. Men and people of color are especially needed. Call now for information about the Feb. 1, 2001 training at 415-398-8001 x 104 (833 Market St., Suite 1004, San Francisco. www.sfcasa.com)
Improve Public schools There are over 60,000 students who attend over 100 public schools in San Francisco. Become a San Francisco School Volunteer and help one student, or a whole classroom, learn to read, become fluent in English, or pass a math exam. San Francisco School Volunteers provides free training and can place you in a public school that will utilize your time and talents. Call SFSV at 415-749-3700 or visit the Web site at www.sfsv.org to find out about upcoming orientations.
Bational HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline Project Inform is seeking volunteers for its national HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline training, which will take place on Jan. 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Jan. 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hotline operators are required to commit to at least one three-hour shift per week for a minimum of six months. The shift occurs during business hours Monday through Friday and on Saturday. Please pre-register by calling Mark Owens, Volunteer & Intern Services Manager at 415-558-8669 x 218 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors International The group seeks a volunteer activity guide for two or more hours a week to help refugees master English and become familiar with parks, museums, banks, post offices, public transportation and free cultural activities in the Bay Area. For more information, contact Tracy Deskin at 415-765-6999.
Volunteer Tour Guides The Oakland Museum of California is looking for volunteer hosts in the galleries of art, history and natural sciences for spring of 2001. Hosts are needed to handle an expected increase in the number of student tours from March through June, and must be available for a minimum of eight half-day shifts on weekday mornings during this period. Fun and informative training sessions with museum professionals and experienced docents will be held on Tuesday afternoons Jan. 30 - Feb. 27. For more information or to apply for the program, please call the OMCA Docent Center at 510-238-3514.
Getting Comfortable with Your PC Computer Understanding the basics of using your PC computer will enhance your skills and help you use your computer more efficiently. This class for adults covers topics such as file and software management, loading software, downloading Web files, and more. Bring your own lunch or stop by the LHS Small Planet Cafe. $35 per adult. Registration is required, please call 510-642-5134.
English Classes The Chinatown YMCA offers free morning English classes with bilingual counselors to help Cantonese speakers with limited English skills. Enrollment is open. For more information, call 415-928-4419.
Everything to Do With Parenting Parents Place is offering workshops for families with children of all ages. All groups and workshops are held at Parents Place, 3272 California St., San Francisco. To register call 415-563-0335 x 122 or register online at www.jfcs.org/pplgroup2000d.html. Call 563-1041 to find out January through March workshops.
Free Legal Clinic Legal consultation for seniors is available for general legal rights, immigration and naturalization, housing and eviction, and public benefits. Services provided by Khin Mai Aung, staff attorney from the Asian Law Caucus, at Self-Help for the Elderly. Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. No appointments. For more information, contact Northeast Senior Center at 415-438-4800. (407 Sansome Street, 4th floor, San Francisco)
Free Traditional Chinese Music Lessons The Chinese Culture Center is pleased to announce the commencement of ongoing workshops and lessons in traditional Chinese music, taught by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Hong Wang, the artistic director of Melody of China, Inc. Beginning and intermediate classes will be held on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Advanced classes for music teachers are on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The registration fee is $15, but all classes are free. Please bring your own instruments. For more information, call 415-986-1822. (Chinese Culture Foundation, 750 Kearny Street, 3rd floor, San Francisco)
Language and Computer Classes at IIC Sign up at the International Institute of California (IIC) for classes ranging from Web design, Excel, and Word, to English as a Second Language and Korean language classes. IIC also offers training to be a Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA). Increase skills, marketability and income. Enter a high demand job market with tremendous growth opportunity. IIC also offers a masters degree in Korean studies. Some classes taught online. For more information, call the International Institute of California at 415-441-1881 or e-mail email@example.com. (IIC, 1362 Post St., San Francisco).
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