Monday, April 30, 2007

CISC Blog in the News!

We didn't think we were doing anything particularly innovative or exciting, but evidently our blog has spawned a great deal of interest in the nonprofit world.

As you know, it started with the construction updates during our building phase. But we decided to continue to use it as a more timely way to let our friends and supporters know about all the wonderful work CISC does.

Take a look at the piece in the Nonprofit Board Report. And don't forget to send a link and tell your friends!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Crime Victims Services

CISC is happy to announce that we will be able to continue our crime victims services in Snohomish County for another year.

Until recently, the state provided funding for us to do this work throughout the Puget Sound region. However, they have now divided up the money so that in order to provide the same level of services, we get to work through three separate grant application processes for Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties. Go figure.

We're just happy to have continued support to do the work. See the article in the Everett Herald.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

9th Annual Chinatown ID/Little Saigon Spring Clean-Up

What a mouthful! But despite all the words, CISC this year put together another team into action to participate in this community wide event. Staff, board and volunteers all pitched in to help make this event a success.

Traditionally the largest of the neighborhood clean ups in Seattle, we saw hundreds of friends and neighbors working together to make this part of our city just a little bit better place to live, work, and play!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Promoting School Readiness

Today, we had a group from the National League of Cities, United Way, Thrive by Five and Born Learning visit the play and learn group at our International Family Center - Seattle. These visitors came from all over the United States to learn about best practices for promoting school readiness, especially in immigrant communities.

Besides hearing stories and singing songs in Chinese, Vietnamese and English, children and their caregivers (some dads and grandfathers among them) worked on school readiness skills through crafts, movement and play.

CISC is one of a small number of organizations nationwide that provide bilingual/bicultural school readiness activities. And they're free to participants!

To find a group near you, click on this link.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Organized Crime in Seattle and Beyond

As part of our commitment to building and maintaining a safe community, CISC participated in a presentation at the International Conference of Asian Organized Crime and Terrorism last week in Las Vegas.

CISC crime victim advocate Alan Lai is on the Washington State Advisory Committee on Trafficking and lent his expertise, along with other committee members, to the discussion with local, state, federal and international representatives from 23 different countries.

Other presenters spoke about the technological sophistication of many of today's criminals, using high tech networking to plan and communicate their crimes across geographic and international boundaries.