Community Service Programs
Agencies in Action – An Energy Efficiency Program: Partnering with Frontier Associates to help low-income households in the Center Point Energy electric service territories in Houston reduce energy and utility costs, by installing energy efficient materials in eligible homes that will reduce 30% of energy costs per household, since 2008. Each home is assessed and a computer audit is performed to determine the modifications needed. Eligible homes receive Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFL), solar screens, attic insulation, and a refrigerator that will help to reduce energy consumption. VNTW’s assessors also check air conditioners (central and window units) and determine whether replacement or repair is needed.
Blood Drives – Hosting annual blood drives in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, since 1999.
Case Management Services: Collaborating with Boat People SOS (BPSOS) under the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)- Katrina Aid Today Program to provide case management services for Hurricane Katrina evacuees (2006-2008) and partnering with Neighborhood Centers and BPSOS to assist victims of Hurricane Ike (2009-2010).
Legal Counseling: Hosting free monthly legal clinics in collaboration with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP), the Asian American Legal Center (AALC) and the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) to assist with different legal topics, including the preparation of wills and the legalization and naturalization process by providing legal aid, referral, and citizenship test preparation, since 1996.
Lite-Up Texas: The utilities assistance program is designed to help qualified low-income individuals reduce the monthly cost of electric service.
Lunch for Asian Seniors: Collaborating with the Asian Seniors Coalition to serve about 700-800 Asian seniors annually around Christmas season at Asian restaurants, since 2004.
Lunch for the Homeless: Collecting donated food from Vietnamese restaurants to serve about 500 homeless lunches annually at Star of Hope, Women and Family Emergency Shelter, since 1996. Click here for location map.
Monthly Radio Talk Shows: This Vietnamese-language program (Radio Saigon Houston 900 AM) reaches approximately 20,000 listeners in Houston, since 2002.
Monthly Magazine: TeamWork Forum (TWF) is VNTW’s monthly magazine published in Vietnamese and English. The publication brings valuable information to approximately 1,000 families in US, but mostly from the Houston area (1996-2005).
Outreach Program: In 2003, VNTW received a grant from St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities (SLEHC) to act as liaison to southeast Houston’s Vietnamese Villages, which are isolated enclave communities for newer immigrants.
Translation Services: Translating documents Vietnamese to English and vice versa, since 2002.
Victims of Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling: Providing assistance with counseling for victims in collaboration with the Houston Area Women’s Center, (2005-2007).
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program: Collaborating with the IRS to provide training for over 90 volunteers in order to assist over 1,500 low income taxpayers to file income tax each year at 6 different tax sites in Houston, since 1996.
Voter Education and Registration: Organizing Candidate’s Forum, posting bilingual billboards, assisting voters to practice on the eSlate voting machine, and encouraging the community to register and vote, since 1996. The VN TeamWork Center was selected by Harris County Clerk’s Office to be a polling location for early voting from 2000 to 2003.