InterIm CDA - Laptops Provided to Low Income and Homeless Communities

Through the King County "Digital Equity for Adults with Barriers to Access and Services" grant, the Employment Navigation team at InterIm was able to secure over 100 laptops to support seniors, limited-English proficient, unemployed, and/or homeless individuals, and an additional 22 hotspots for those that did not have access to internet.

Abby Frias (Sustainability & Education Coordinator), Carmen Hom (Employment Navigation Coordinator), Silver Ly (Housing Stability Case Manager), Lizzy Baskerville (Environmental Design & Sustainability Manager), Alec Mac (Employment Navigation Assistant), Vincent Kwan (Employment Navigation Manager), Carol Xie (Resource Development & Marketing Manager), Renae Figuriera (Family Navigator) on the day of laptop delivery

The grant was approved for 21 organizations across the county, including InterIm CDA. The purpose of the grant was to provide individuals and/or families with digital services to "navigate online resources for health, economic, or other basic needs" who would otherwise not have access to them in an effort to help recover from the vast impacts of COVID-19 (King County).

Alec & Vincent organizing laptops to be delivered to residents

On the morning of December 16, 2020, InterIm staff gathered and formed teams of two to deliver laptops to different apartment buildings to residents that were approved to receive one. Upon arrival, the recipients were told in advance of our scheduled arrival time and signed off to confirm receipt of their new device(s), accepting with gratitude.

Vincent, socially distanced, instructing staff on laptop deliveries and assigning everyone to teams of two

Digital Literacy flyers, with both English and Chinese, that were given to the residents to go along with their laptops

Lizzy organizing and prepping the laptops to be delivered to Rex Apartments' residents

Silver and Renae finishing up their deliveries - they even got to support local restaurant, Tai Tung!

Carol and Lizzy preparing for their last delivery of the day.

Alec during the middle of a delivery

We are working hard to provide services and resources for the communities that we serve, especially during these times. We are confident that the laptops and hotspots that were delivered will help their recipients in their journey to finding employment and other resources, which is now more important than ever.

Thank you to all our supporters that continue to support our work!

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InterIm CDA - Coming to the End of 2020

This year, our organization, as well as the rest of the world, has faced some drastic changes and challenges. As an organization, we have learned to navigate these changes by sticking together and remembering our mission and commitment to all immigrants, refugees, and low income communities.
Even though we have not been able to hold events and interact with everyone as we used to, we are making the most of it.
In the early months of this year, Community Engagement Manager, Henry Liu, started a GoFundMe to provide groceries to the various CID residents. It soon surpassed the initial goal, and we were able to get even more groceries in bulk from local grocery stores. We had the help of many, many, many volunteers during this process. After a few months, we started partnering with our friends at the Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS), who help us package hundreds of bags per week for us to deliver to different households in the neighborhood.
On top of this, we have helped senior residents fill out the 2020 Census and even register to vote! We had a great turnout this year and it was great to see the residents excited and engaged in their civic duties.
The Danny Woo Community Garden has also seen some changes. We have seen an increase in crops being utilized in the garden, and have even heard from gardeners that their groups have helped them during this time. It gives them time to be outside, exercise, and even helps them grow food for their families. Lizzy Baskerville, Environmental Design & Sustainability Manager, quotes gardener Deng Xia Tang, "Very happy because [otherwise] there is nothing to do. My husband labors in the plot. At home we feel very lonely but we go to the garden to enrich our lives. We have this plot to have fun.”
You may have even see Matt Chan's video of the Danny Woo Community Garden, which honors the annual Pig Roast that was unfortunately canceled this year.
Our Employment Navigation department has also been hard at work during this time. Employment Navigation Managers, Vincent Kwan and Carmen Hom, have continuously helped community members file for unemployment or find jobs, which are both especially important during this time. They work tirelessly each week to check up on clients and have even set up several events and workshops!
InterIm has also been a part of the I-5 Steering Committee, which is working to revitalize the freeway underpass on Jackson & King St. in an effort to create more open space and a sense of public safety, as well as better connect Little Saigon to the rest of the CID neighborhood. Be sure to join the upcoming Community Meeting on December 16, 2020 at 4:00pm!
Another way that InterIm has been engaging with senior residents is by leading weekly cooking and exercise classes. Community Engagement Manager, Henry, and Nutritional Education & Food Security Manager, Eliza Guan, purchase ingredients for dozens of senior residents each week and hand deliver them. Based on the ingredients for the week, each resident comes up with their own dish and shares what they made with other participants in a WeChat group chat. From these group chats, the residents have made friends with each other and keep each other company even on non-cooking class days!
Our administrative team has also been hard at work. Administrative Assistant, Lynette Seigafo, and accounting team Anca Bolden and Shegaw Masresha, have been hard at work at the InterIm office making sure that everything behind-the-scenes is seamless and that the rest of the team can do their jobs effectively and by the book. They truly are the backbone of InterIm CDA.
There are several other departments that have not been captured in this video, but deserve the recognition just as much - Housing Services, Real Estate Development, Equitable Development Policy Advocacy, Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development (WILD) youth program, Homelessness Prevention, and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault services have all done amazing work for the communities that they serve.
While this year has been both challenging and different, we at InterIm are grateful for each other and our community. We continue to do our work as best as we can, under the circumstances, and uphold our commitment to the community. At this time, your support means the world to us and we cannot thank you enough. Please consider to continue supporting us during this time so that we can continue our neighborhood advocacy efforts.
Thank you all - we are excited for 2021 and all that it may bring!
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InterIm CDA - I5 Underpass Activation Project

Check out our new video that features a walkthrough of our I5 Underpass Activation Project!

We will be hosting a community meeting on December 16th, 2020 at 4:00pm to discuss the design. Please join us and let us know what you think!

Interim CDA - WILD Program


WILD (Wilderness Inner-City Leadership Development) is InterIm CDA's youth leadership program that promotes civic engagement, environmental justice, inter-generational engagement, and college readiness while fostering confidence and compassion in immigrant youth leaders. At the end of each year, the WILD Banquet is held to celebrate and connect the program's youth leaders and the community's senior residents.

For the first time in 23 years, we were not able to hold our annual WILD Banquet to ensure everyone's safety. We've compiled a short video to commemorate and celebrate some joyful moments in the WILD program. Please enjoy this video and join us in remembering these happy times.

Please continue to support us during this time. Your donation helps us continue our community support work in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood.

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InterIm CDA - Tuesdays w/ Eliza & Henry!

Since March, we have been making weekly grocery deliveries to several CID residents - take a look at a small snippet of what our organization has to offer! 

In this video, come join Eliza & Henry on their weekly Tuesday runs. They start off their mornings getting grocery bags from the Asian Counseling Referral Services food bank, make their deliveries, and then head to Uwajimaya to do some grocery shopping for the senior cooking class led by Eliza.

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Northwest Asian Weekly article: "InterIm CDA pivots due to pandemic, reaching out to those in need"

Thanks to Northwest Asian Weekly for this piece on our organization's ongoing work during this pandemic!

Executive Director, Pradeepta Upadhyay, and Deputy Director, Tom Im, were interviewed for this article to describe how we've been keeping the residents in the Chinatown-International District connected, despite this period of uncertainty.

Through efforts of our organization's program managers, we have been able to stay connected to both school-age children through senior residents in various Seattle neighborhoods, through social media, distribution of educational packets, grocery deliveries, cooking and exercise classes, and various other ways.

Check out the full article in the attached link!


Meet Our Gala Performers: Mata’ala Dance Team



ENTERTAINMENT• Mata'ala Dance Team

Mataala Dance Group, a non-profit community organization consisting of high school students within the Pierce County area. The instructor's team consist of community volunteers coming together to teach about the Polynesian culture through music, dance, and education. For the past three years, we continue to grow to reach out to students from various schools in the area. Providing a safe space where Pacific Islander students can feel comfortable in their own identities and educate non-Pacific Islanders on our authentic culture.


2017 Chinatown-International District Public Safety Survey Findings

InterIm CDA in partnership with Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) developed a public safety survey to evaluate the community’s perceptions of public safety, police-community relations, and various public safety interventions. The survey was conducted in 2017 from February to March in EnglishChinese, and Vietnamese.

Detailed results of the survey can be found here.  A brief one page fact sheet of the survey can found here (Chinese and Vietnamese).

If you would like results of specific questions, please email Jamie Lee at SCIDpda.


We Shall Not Be Moved: Make your voice heard to Seattle City Council

Make your voice heard to Seattle City Council

CALL TO ACTION: Join us next Tuesday, July 18, at NVC Memorial Hall, to show and voice your concern about the immediate threat of displacement and gentrification of Chinatown-International District before Seattle City Councilmembers. Interpreters will be present. The City Council is making decisions about development in this neighborhood. This is your opportunity to learn about and influence those decisions and help us stop displacement now.

What: We Shall Not Be Moved Town Hall
When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Nisei Veterans Committee (NVC) Memorial Hall,
1212 South King St., Seattle, WA
Contact: Henry Liu,, 206-624-1802 x21

The City Council is expected to vote later this month on passing Mandatory Housing Affordability. At the town hall, the Chinatown-ID community will express concern about having anti-displacement tools and policies in place that will protect and preserve this uniquely very low-income community, which has historically been and still is the first home for many immigrants and refugees. The proposed rezone in the Chinatown-ID comes at a time when a runaway speculative real estate market and skyrocketing rents threaten to displace this very low-income community. 520 households over the last 20 years have been displaced and 640 more low income households are threatened to be displaced through the redevelopment of Chinatown-ID.

Please come and make your voice heard or be a warm body in the room showing your concern for Chinatown-ID.


2017 InterIm CDA Gala LIVE AUCTION!

Get a sneak peak of what will be in our live auction on May 20, 2017, and get that bidding arm ready! We have unique experiences, a restaurant frenzy, an exotic vacation package and much more! (Items may not be in this order the night of the gala.)

Seattle Sounders Vs. Portland Timbers -- NEXT WEEKEND!

Next weekend, Saturday, May 27th at noon, we have the best seats in the stadium for one of the most sought after games- the Seattle / Portland match up! You and three friends will be sitting center field, just 4 rows from all the action! Change your plans, grab your friends, bring your scarves and head over to Century Link Field for an afternoon of soccer. Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers Next Weekend! ITEM 1

Restrictions: Valid only for game on May 27, 2017.
Donated by: Marpac Construction, LLC
Value: $520


40’ Meridian Yacht Cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington

Seattle is a gorgeous city to see by turf, but it’s a spectacular city to see by surf! Enjoy the skylines and views during a two-hour Lake Union/Lake Washington cruise on the Yo’ Meridian yacht for up to eight people! Wine and appetizers will be provided to make this a perfect party experience this year on a sunny spring or summer day!

Restrictions: Cruise to take place on a mutually agreeable date, and must be used by August 31, 2017. Excludes major holidays and functions
Donated by: Craig Walker and Andrew Liu
Value: Priceless


Skykomish Cabin Getaway

Spend two nights in a charming three-bedroom cabin on the scenic South Fork of the Skykomish River near Index, WA. The cabin is conveniently close to numerous North Cascades lakes and trails for summer enjoyment and is 20 minutes from skiing at Stevens Pass. Included in this package are two winter lift tickets for the 2017-2018 ski season at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort! Treat yourself to the great outdoors, some nature therapy, and a cozy relaxing cabin vacation!

Restrictions: Dates to be mutually agreed upon
Donated by: Gary Johnson and Karen Ko and Stevens Pass Mountain Resort
Value: $850


Hot Pot Dinner for 10 by InterIm CDA Board Vice Chair Andrew Liu

Our Vice Chair of our Board of Directors, Andrew Liu and his wife Amy Liu graciously donate a delicious and delightful hot pot dinner for 10 guests on the evening of your choice. They will host a Chinese Hot Pot (including Andrew’s special dipping sauces) at their Magnolia home where you can enjoy views of downtown Seattle and Elliott Bay. Wine will be provided. This auction item makes its seventh appearance due to its popularity! Don’t miss out!

Restrictions: Date to by mutually agreed on.
Donated by: Andrew Liu
Value: $800


One Week in Two-Bedroom Vegas Villa

Head on down to Vegas from January 6 - 13, 2018! Enjoy a two-bed, two-bath luxury villa at the Desert Club Resort that sleeps six. Just one block from the Strip, you can avoid the long transportation lines with the easy walk home! This 1,020 square foot villa has a fully equipped kitchen and dining area and includes king-sized beds, walk-in closets, a sleeper sofa, fireplace, washer/dryer, balcony and free wifi. Resort includes 5 heated pools, hot tubs, restaurants, poolside grilling stations, a putting green, fitness center, kids game room, activity center and more. As always, you have many activities and options in Vegas. On top of the typical things to do, this week Vegas is hosting the 4-day Computer Electronics Show, the largest of it’s kind. InterIm Board Vice President, Andrew Liu, is a 20+ year veteran of this show and will be your personal guide to navigating CES- helping you plan your visit to maximize your time to see the best of CES like a pro. You must purchse your own tickets to the show if you are interested. If not everyone in your group wants to see CES, it’s also the best time of year for shopping at the multiple Premium Outlets because everything is heavily discounted after the new year! Even the tourist attractions are easy to see because almost everyone is at the show. One Week in Two-Bedroom Vegas Villa

Restrictions: Valid only for January 6-13, 2018. Airfare and CES admission not included.
Donated by: Andrew Liu
Value: $2,400

Restaurant Frenzy!
Get that bidding arm ready to take home gift cards to some of Seattle’s finest dining experiences!

  1. Maneki: $100 – Established in 1904, Maneki is Seattle’s oldest Japanese restaurant and is located in the Chinatown-ID!
  2. Green Leaf Vietnamese Restaurant: 2 gift cards at $50 each – With locations in Chinatown-ID, Belltown and Bellevue, you can’t go wrong with this authentic, delicious Vietnamese favorite!
  3. Girin: $100 – Korean fried chicken is all the rage, and Girin has got it, as well as many other Korean dishes! Located in Pioneer Square.
  4. Ethan Stowell Restaurants: $100 – This is good at any Ethan Stowell restaurant: Anchovies & Olives, Ballard Pizza Co., Bar Cotto, Bramling Cross, Goldfinch Tavern, and How to Cook a Wolf.
  5. Columbia Tower Club: Dinner for two with wine pairing: Spoil yourself with a delicious dinner at the best view in Seattle atop the Columbia Tower!


Live Edge Beverage Table by Thao Tran
At the Fallen Trees company, the design, and fabrication is all done one piece of furniture at a time by Thao Tran in Seattle. With a Fallen Tree piece, you're buying furniture that's solid, sustainably sourced, and has a story to tell.  This coffee table is made from a salvaged Lychee fruit tree from Maui, Hawaii.  Forget coffee, you put your Lychee Martini on this one of a kind table. You can take this unique and beautiful Fallen Tree coffee table home tonight! (Picture coming soon!)

Donated by: Thao Tran
Value: $3,500


Poker Party for 20 People

The first 20 bidders at $75 earn a seat at the table to try their luck and test their skill at Andrew Liu’s house. This is a real poker tournament with prizes! Play will consist of 20-minute rounds with multiple buy-in options. If the thrill of pocket aces isn’t enough, you’ll feel good knowing the food and drink are provided, and of course that all the proceeds benefit InterIm CDA!

Restrictions: Party on September 16, 2017
Donated by: Andrew Liu and Liana Woo
Value: $75 a seat


Chinatown-International District Extravaganza

Whether you’re a CID local or new to the neighborhood, as the winning bidder, you’ll have the opportunity to sample the best food, shopping, culture, art and even tattooing (!) in the neighborhood with the Chinatown-International District package. You'll get certificates to experience the lifestyle of Seattle's CID! While exploring the CID, you get a 10 to 15-day parking pass in the InterIm CDA parking lot under the freeway!

Donated by: Hing Hay CoWorks, Beijing Arts, goPoke, InterIm Parking Lot, Kaname Izakaya and Shochu Bar, KOBO, MoMo, New Century Tea Gallery, Phnom Penh Noodle House, Pioneer Barber Company, Seattle Best Tea, Seattle Pin Ball Museum, Tai Tung Restaurant, Thai Curry Simple, Tiger Tiger Tattoo, Tsue Chong Company, Tuesday Scarves, Wing Luke Museum, World Pizza
Value: $1,333


Summertime Himalayan Dinner Party for 10

Join InterIm CDA Executive Director, Pradeepta Upadhyay, and special guest Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos for a scrumptious summer Himalayan/Nepali dinner party for 10 people! Pradeepta will be your host and chef and will treat you to a feast and drinks in her beautiful backyard! Whether you’re a newbie to Himalayan food or it’s a staple of your diet, this authentic dining experience – and the company you will be in – is not to be missed!

Restrictions: to occur in the months of August and September of 2017
Donated by: Pradeepta Upadhyay and Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos
Value: $800


Seven-Night Hawaiian Vacation with Hawaiian Airline Miles

Included in this package are 80,000 Hawaiian Airline miles and seven nights at a spectacular ocean view, two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo at the Hilton Hawaiian Village: Lagoon Tower! This 1,025 square-foot unit accommodates six guests and has a living room, separate dining area, TV with cable, PlayStation, and a full kitchen. Fans of the TV show Hawaii 5-0 will recognize the Lagoon Tower plus the Rainbow Tower as being prominently featured in the opening credits and many episodes. Pack your bags, and say, “Alooooooha!”

Restrictions and more details: No blackout dates; guests can book as far as nine months in advance; a refundable $250 damage deposit fee is required upon arrival; parking is $42 for valet per day and $35 for self parking per day. Lodging and airline miles can be used separately.
Donated by: Hawaiian Airlines and Wilfred James
Value: $5,450