Wa Sung Charity Grants

by Susie Farris

I'm sure you all know that Wa Sung Community Service Club is an official 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. But are you aware that we are also contributors to and supporters of other non-profit organizations as well? We offer grants to other tax-exempt organizations in the Greater East Bay area whose focus and mission statements are in alignment with our own.

In our annual budget, we have funds set aside specifically to help other non-profit organizations in projects that meet our eligibility requirements. Wa Sung is dedicated to fostering better understanding and communication amongst the diverse ethnic and cultural groups in our community. We support projects focused on promoting Asian culture and community relations

In 2013, we worked with the East Bay Children's Theatre in their production of "Cinderella - It's a Dog's Life" We provided part of the funding for their production of 6 live performances at Lincoln Elementary, Franklin Elementary, and Cleveland Elementary schools. These shows were both entertaining and educational and gave children a chance to experience the excitement of live theatre.

We also assisted the Oakland Asian Cultural Center in their School Tour and Outreach programs in providing funds for the purchase of materials and supplies for various art activities serving students and teachers from schools throughout the East Bay and the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

The previous year, 2012, our Charity Grants were fully funded to provide help to five different organizations serving totally different segments of the community. The first was Lotus Bloom Children and Family Resource Center with their educational tour for youth and their families to the Lawrence Hall of Science. Then came the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association for their 50th Anniversary Artist Exchange program where an artist was brought in from Japan to teach 2 abstract photography workshops for local students. We also participated in the J-Sei Senior Center Asian Day Celebration where lunch and various cultural and educational classes were provided for seniors. We supported the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach project of creating a series of screen prints that explored the impact of violence on the Asian American community. The work was shared via public events, libraries, and community centers. Last but not least was our contribution to Loved Twice – an organization that recycles clothing for newborns, and provides young families with a whole year of clothing as well as other essentials for the newborns at a time when the families are most in need.

Tax-exempt non-profit organizations looking for extra funding for their services can complete an application to our Charity Grant Committee, and requests are reviewed and awarded on a quarterly basis. These grants are to be used for specific projects that will benefit the community and cannot be used for administrative expenses or salaries. The amounts of the grants will vary depending on the need. The maximum awarded to each project is limited to $1,000.

We would like to ask you, the members of Wa Sung, to be our eyes and ears out there, to promote our program to worthwhile organizations who may not be aware of the availability of these grants. To obtain more information on our program and the pre-requisite qualifications, please check out our website at: www.wasungserviceclub.org or contact us at (510) 869-2589.

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