CPAF 40th Anniversary: May Activity Highlights

CPAF staff, volunteers, supporters and friends were out in the community all month long in May. Since January, we have reached more than 1,300 people, raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence and engaging support for survivors. Read on for highlights of our May activities.

Honored Moms in Our Shelters for Mother’s Day – We celebrated the moms staying at CPAF’s three shelters with lunch and activities centered around making the mothers feel special.

Thanks to our South Bay Advisory Council supporters and additional volunteers who played a critical role in supporting the mother’s day activities with pampering such as hairstyling, makeup and glamour photos.

South Bay Advisory Council member applies makeup to a CPAF resident at Mother’s Day party.

Thank you to our CPAF Advisory Board members May Ma Ross and Yvonne Nishio and all their colleagues Yvonne Chang, Lisa Pai, Naomi Uyeda and Wes Tanaka who partnered with CPAF staff on Mother’s Day activities at all three CPAF shelters. They joined shelter children in making Mother’s Day cards and succulent plant arrangements for the kids’ moms, followed by pound cake desserts.

Samples of the succulents and cards assembled by children living in CPAF’s shelters

Reached Out in San Gabriel Valley – We led a workshop on dating violence and sexual violence at South Pasadena High School, and facilitated a Teen Dating Violence Prevention workshop with the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) group at San Gabriel Library. At Evergreen Baptist Church in Rosemead, we networked with other organizations and individuals doing important work in their communities

At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), our team participated in discussions with community members about CPAF’s services, healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault. We engaged with Chi Alpha Delta sorority, who made a donation in honor of the families we serve, and the Contemporary Asian American Community class. Thank you, Chi Alpha Delta, for your contribution to the families served by CPAF. With Asian Pacific Coalition, we co-hosted the “Narratives of Us” discussion to challenge the way our stories are told for us. This discussion aimed to center the experience of survivors and unpack the impact of media on survivors’ agency to have their own stories heard and believed.

Convened Community and Supported Self-Determination – Held in partnership with HEART Women and Girls, South Asian Network and Peace Over Violence, the “Log Kya Kahenge” event focused on pushing back against all forms of victim blaming and creating space for support and affirmations.

Made New FriendsAsian Professional Exchange (APEX) and Project by Project LA (PbPLA) hosted a friendraiser at 18 Social, with all proceeds benefiting CPAF. The event’s purpose was to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in the API community, and gauge interest from folks to volunteer with CPAF. Thank you to APEX and Project by Project LA for helping raise $1,000 to benefit the families served by CPAF.

APEX, Project by Project LA and CPAF

Connected with New Volunteers – individuals interested in or in the process of joining CPAF’s volunteer program were invited to the Community Center for a “Meet and Greet”. We talked about CPAF’s programs and services and how volunteers can get involved. New volunteers connected with each other and shared why volunteering at CPAF is important to them. For more information about how you can get involved or our next Meet and Greet, contact volunteer@cpaf.info.

Partnered in Support of LGBTQ Pride – CPAF staff supported the LGBT Center in tabling for their table at Long Beach Pride, and had the great honor of having LBGTQ community supporters and leaders Marsha Aizumi and Mia Frances Yamamoto speak at our all-staff meeting. We thank them for sharing their experiences and stories in working in the LGBTQ community, and are inspired by their fearless advocacy. The San Gabriel Valley (SGV) API PFLAG is a support group for Asian-Pacific Islander (API) gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT), as well as for their parents, families, and friends; it is the first independent API PFLAG chapter in the nation.

LBGTQ community supporters and leaders Marsha Aizumi and Mia Frances Yamamoto spoke at our monthly staff meeting.

Provided Technical Assistance with Partner Organizations to Increase Language Access – Organized by My Sister’s House, we co-presented a training as part of the MYLAR (Multi-Year Language Access Resources) Collaborative for community organizations Su Casa and WomenShelter Long Beach. The MYLAR project aims to increase language access at workplaces and serve victims of crime more effectively throughout the state.

Celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Friends & Supporters – We conducted outreach and education about CPAF’s services with Sony Pictures Asian Resource Community (SPARC).

Our friends at Comcast NBC Universal’s Asian Pacific American employee resource group, APA@NBCU, – made Touchstones – small pieces of art to be carried with you (founded by our partner, A Window Between Worlds) – to be added to artwork at one of our transitional shelters.

Many thanks to Southern California Edison (SCE) for recognizing CPAF with their Community Partnership award at this year’s SCE AAPI Heritage Month celebration at Garden Grove Community Center, and to YWCA of Greater LA for naming CPAF one of their Phenomenal Allies at their “Phenomenal Women” luncheon.

Thank you for your support and partnership! Let’s keep on nurturing change together.

Learn more about CPAF’s 40th Anniversary here.