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Chinese Information and Service Center 

Description

Chinese Information and Service Center offers a broad range of social, family, employment, education, and cultural programs to the Chinese and other Asian communities in King County. Founded in 1972 by student volunteers to meet the needs of Chinese immigrants, particularly seniors, CISC has grown to become one of the area's largest and most effective providers of referral and direct services to bilingual/bicultural individuals and families. In 2011, over 20,000 people took advantage of programs that ease and enrich the lives of youth, parents, and elders in the years immediately following immigration and well beyond.

Mission Statement
CISC helps Asian and other immigrants transition to their new life. We provide comprehensive,culturally appropriate services for the whole family.
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Chinese Information and Service Center
611 S Lane St 
Seattle 
WA
98104-2939 
(206) 624-5633 

Dorothy Wong 
Executive Director 

Programs

Chinese Information and Service Center Programs

Immigrant transition programs that help non-English speakers understand and navigate American culture - including comprehensive information and assistance services, crime prevention education, crime victims assistance, health insurance benefits counseling, and ESL classes. 

Family programs with multigenerational impact - including preschool and youth programs that enhance academic achievement and bicultural identity, bilingual parent education and family counseling, and elder services and caregiver support.

Programs to prepare adults and youth for success including multilingual computer training.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

CISC's Sunshine Garden Senior Day Care Program holds monthly field trips for its members to learn about their community and participate in new experiences. When the Link Light Rail completed its extension to the airport, we helped these seniors learn how to purchase Orca cards through the automated machines, and ride the light rail to its terminus.

Demand was so great, we had to arrange for 2 separate groups. And even that was not enough. One member told us she missed the scheduled trips but REALLY wanted to learn how to get to the airport. When asked why, she simply said, "Well, you never know when you might want to go somewhere."

At 102, she didn't have any immediate plans to travel, but we were so impressed by her enthusiasm and desire to learn about her community, of course we arranged for yet another outing. We're happy to say that now all our seniors are confident in their ability to get to the airport on their own - because you just never know when you might want to go!

Sunshine Garden serves nearly 100 seniors 65+ each year - mostly very low income and all limited English speaking. Government funding covers less than half the cost of running this critical program and we rely on donors like you to help us promote our seniors' health, independence, fellowship, and lifelong learning.

Evaluation

Chinese Information and Service Center (CISC) provides culturally appropriate resources for families in need and opportunities for community members to celebrate cultural traditions across generations.

Leadership
CISC is led by a well-respected executive director and dedicated board. Their internal capacity has also been strengthened in the past few years with the addition of development and finance positions.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
CISC’s programs target individuals with limited English proficiency and lower household incomes. While their primary focus is Chinese, they also serve other Asian immigrant populations. When it fits within CISC’s mission and is in the best interest of the greater community, they also serve other immigrant populations—primarily on the Eastside.

Collaboration
CISC collaborates with other local service providers, and has contractual relationships with a variety of public agencies.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
6/10/2010 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2008 $40,000.00support general operating expenses.

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