April 2018 Newsletter
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Annual Luncheon Donors and Sponsors Raise Over $130,000 for Tacoma Community House

TCH Board member Clay Zhang, KIRO 7's Siemny Kim, and local portrait artist Jonathan Hanks.
(Above) TCH Board member Clay Zhang; luncheon keynote speaker, KIRO 7's Siemny Kim; and portrait artist Jonathan Hanks.

On April 13th, more than 650 people gathered at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center to celebrate Tacoma Community House's 108-year legacy as a Welcoming Home. Thanks to our guests' and sponsors' generosity and willingness to — as Rep. Laurie Jinkins said — "live their values," we raised an astounding $130,000 for our Education, Employment, Immigration, and Advocacy programs!

Thank you to all who attended the luncheon, made a contribution, sponsored the event, and shared fun photos with the hashtag #TCHLunch. We are also incredibly grateful to the speakers who took time out of their busy lives to share their powerful immigration journeys with us.

We hope you will carry our message with you as you continue to make the South Sound a more welcoming region for our immigrant and refugee neighbors! Thank you!

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4 Ways TCH is Supporting Literacy in Tacoma

1. We have English Language Acquisition and Basic Education classes for students who want to work on their reading and writing skills.

2. We have a bright blue lending library perched outside our main doors, for anybody who would like to take and leave a book. Access to reading materials for low-income families is essential.

3. Our Read2Me program pairs adult tutors with 1st-3rd grade students in four Tacoma Public Schools (Arlington, Manitou Park, McCarver, and Lister). Tutors help the striving readers with their comprehension skills, and generally try to pass on excitement and a love of reading. Learn more.

4. Our Read2Me Summer Stride program aims to tackle the skill loss that happens over the summer when students are not reading consistently. You can help by donating a book from our Amazon Wish List to give to a Read2Me student in need!

Donate a Book for Read2Me Summer Stride

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Coming Up May 4th!

TCH wouldn't be half the organization it is without our wonderful volunteers! Our yearly Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be on Friday, May 4th at the Point Defiance Pagoda. If you plan on attending, please RSVP with Korie Jennings by clicking the blue button below (which will generate an email). Also let us know if you'll be bringing a guest!

TCH Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Friday, May 4, 2018 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Point Defiance Pagoda
5715 Roberts Garden Rd, Tacoma, WA 98407
RSVP for Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Job Opportunities with TCH

We are hiring! Join our team in making a difference in the lives of our fellow community members and in building a more welcoming Tacoma.
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TCH Life in Photos

We had an amazing turnout at Tacoma Citizenship Day on Saturday, April 7th! Nearly 100 immigrants received free assistance from D.O.J. accredited immigration specialists to fill out their citizenship applications. Huge thanks to OneAmerica and Washington New Americans for their partnership! (Photo Courtesy of OneAmerica)

On April 6th, local artist Jonathan Hanks hosted an art exhibition at TCH, showcasing eight portraits of immigrants and refugees who call Tacoma "home." Several of the subjects have worked at TCH or attended classes here — such as Wadhah Al-Shargabi, an English language student, whose portrait is shown above. See time-lapse videos of Jonathan painting the portraits here!

We hosted a community screening of Disney Pixar's "Coco" on March 30th, complete with a sugar skull coloring activity. Here are the sons of a client showing off their masks... did we mention they knew every song from the movie by heart?

Upcoming Events

Please see our event calendar for full details on these events. Don't hesitate to call our Development & Communications team at (253) 383-3951 if you have questions!
May Volunteer Orientations

Thursday, May 3rd
3:30-4:30pm @ TCH
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Friday, May 4th
12:00-1:00pm @ TCH
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Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Friday, May 4th
6:00-8:00pm @ Point Defiance Pagoda
Learn More
Talk Time
Tuesday, May 15th
1:30-3:30pm @ TCH
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108th Annual Luncheon Brings in $130,000

4 Ways TCH is Supporting Literacy in Tacoma

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, May 4th

Job Opportunities

TCH Life in Photos

Upcoming Events
Visit our Event Calendar to see TCH workshops, info sessions, community events and more!
(253) 383-3951

1314 S. L Street
PO BOX 5017
Tacoma, WA 98405

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Phone: (253) 383-3951  |  Fax: (253) 597-6687
1314 S. L Street, PO BOX 5017, Tacoma, WA 98415

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