A Commitment to Community Service: Park Cleanup with AALEAD

Last week, several CAPAL board members and staff joined our friends at Asian American Lead (AALead) to help clean up Piney Branch-Crestwood Park during the 26th Annual Potomac River Watershed Clean Up. We would like to thank Tina Ngo of AALEAD for planning the park cleanup and inviting CAPAL to participate in it.

AALEAD’s mission is to promote the well-being of low-income and under-served Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building. I highly encourage those who are unfamiliar with this amazing organization to learn more by visiting their page at http://www.aalead.org. As a part of an organization deeply committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders today, the CAPAL board and staff were eager to spend time with and provide support to AALEAD youth at the park cleanup and instill the value of teamwork and the importance of giving back to our community.

It was a rewarding experience to spend a morning doing community service with the boys and girls of AALEAD youth. Working together, we picked up 32 bags of trash, and 12 bags of recycling. There was an atmosphere of mutual bonding and community. As we completed our park clean up tasks, CAPAL board members and staff had the opportunity to talk to these bright and committed young people about their future interests and goals. In turn, the AALEAD youth appreciated connecting with CAPAL board members and saw us as their older brothers and sisters for a day. Together, we reinforced the value of community service and ethics, and had a lot of fun doing it.

To get involved with CAPAL’s community service efforts, I encourage you to sign up for CAPAL’s newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming CAPAL events. By getting involved with CAPAL, you can support our Scholarships and Internships Program and Washington Leadership Program, and make a difference in the lives of Asian Pacific American college students and young professionals. You can also support CAPAL by making a donation  or attending our upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

Dan Lam is a Management Information Specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). At HUD, Dan helps oversee the Department’s financial management systems to ensure that they comply with Federal laws and regulations. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dan graduated with a B.S. in General Science from the University of Oregon, and later received a M.S. in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization for Vietnamese American Leadership (NOVAL). Dan often spends his time helping out with the Vietnamese Literary and Artistic Club of the DC Metro Area (VLAC/NHÀ VIỆT NAM) and Ket Doan Association.