Community Service


Greetings!

Phew – hard to believe that 2014 is coming to close and we’ll be welcoming in a new year. Here at Community Service everyone has been busy.

Thanksgiving has come and gone (though maybe not from our waistlines) but our Happy Meal for Kids drive will continue throughout December. For only RM10 or more, you can make a child happy for a day.

And the Christmas Bazaar is under our belt, successful as always. It’s hard to believe that the AAM has been running its Christmas Charity Bazaar for 28 years and counting. Next up will be the AAM Charity Check distribution, which will take place in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s a nice morning where you’ll have the opportunity to meet the folks your donations help to support and they’ll have the opportunity to meet and thank you.

And in other news:

Little Sisters of the Poor
Shannon Iler heads up a loyal group of volunteers that heads out to St Francis to play Bingo with the residents on the first Tuesday of every month. It’s a fun morning for residents and volunteers alike. After bingo the volunteers usually head to lunch which is a nice way to get to know one another and maybe to find a new spot to eat. The Sisters welcome volunteers for different activities on other days too. If you’re interested in joining the group you can contact me, or Shannon at Shannon_iler@msn.com.

Recently, the AAM delivered a much-appreciated monetary donation. The money will go towards Bingo prizes and a holiday concert that is being organized. Stay tuned for more details.

Rumah Hope
The AAM also delivered a monetary donation to Rumah Hope children’s home just in time for its open house. Rumah Hope celebrated 20 year of giving love, giving hope and helping children. The funds will be used to support its ongoing education program.

United Learning Centre (ULC)
ULC is volunteer–driven centre providing education to children of refugees to help prepare them for resettlement in a third country. Especially important to their success is learning English. The centre accepts Burmese/Myanmarese children from all ethnicities and communities.

Currently, there is a critical teacher shortage. One reason is that one our own is heading home. For the past two years American Rissa Larsen taught here. Rissa is a teacher, naturally and professionally, and upon arriving in KL she set up a curriculum and teaching plan for ULC. Teachers are needed Monday to Friday from 10 to 1. The school is located behind Imbi road and the commercial area of Bukit Bintang. If interested, you can contact Pastor Jonathan at 03 2148 2669 or visit the website at http://www.hati.my/children/united-learning-centre/.