Job Posting: The Park Program Assistant

The Park Adoption Community Center exists to cultivate an open and nurturing dialogue around adoption to help the adoption community connect, build, and flourish. As it stands, The Park combines CCAI’s existing post-adoption support programming of Adopteen (youth programs for adoptees, ages 13+), AdopTween (youth programs for adoptees, ages 9-12), Xpress Yourself (therapeutic programming for adoptees, ages 7-12), Joyous Chinese Cultural School (cultural programming for ages 3-18), Connected Parent (parenting support programming), MyTaproot (birth relative search services), and Heritage Tours with exciting new community engagement opportunities such as parent book clubs, community support groups, educational workshops, and travel coordination in the hopes of being a comprehensive resource center for all who have been touched by adoption.

Location: Centennial, CO
Job Title: Program Assistant
Supervised By:  Director of Operations
Type: Part-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Salary: $14/hour

Company Information: CCAI Adoption Services, a nonprofit organization, has been working in the interest of abandoned Chinese children since 1992, and has since expanded their mission beyond China. More than 12,000 children have been placed through CCAI’s adoption programs and tens of thousands more have been reached through the Children’s Charity Fund, providing food, clothing, medical care, education, training and foster care for those children still waiting in orphanages. Additionally, CCAI fosters a legacy of support throughout the adoption journey with post-adoption resources manifested in The Park Adoption Community Center, creating a support community that extends far beyond adoption.

Job Summary: This part-time position is 20-25 hours per week, Monday – Friday. The Park Adoption Community Center is looking for a passionate, highly-organized, and highly-motivated Program Assistant to join our team. This is a part-time position working closely with all staff members, volunteers, and patrons at The Park. The Program Assistant will assist programming staff with event preparation, communication coordination, and procurement of materials to ensure all programs run smoothly and that patrons are receiving quality support. Successful applicants will be detail-oriented, organized, and comfortable communicating with the community through email, phone, and in person. Individual should be highly motivated, self-directed with excellent organization and time management skills, as well as a strong advocate for the growth and cultivation of the adoption community.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma required
  • Personal connection to adoption (adoptee, adoptive relative, etc) strongly preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer use: familiar with Microsoft suite, Google Drive – experience with databases and WordPress preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Strong knowledge and connection to the adoption community and strong belief and passion for adoption and adoptive families

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as first point-of-contact for all patrons and vendors
  • Manage The Park calendar
  • Originate and oversee all administrative processes
  • Collect and maintain documents for all The Park programming
  • Maintain and organize The Park program inventory
  • Collect and deposit fees for all The Park programming
  • Setup and takedown of all The Park events
  • Assist in maintaining order and cleanliness of all The Park facilities including classrooms, bathrooms, storage rooms, and community areas as needed
  • Ship and maintain inventory for The Park shop
  • Assist as needed for The Park events and programs
  • Act as supervisor as needed for The Park volunteers


How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter addressing the specific requirements of the position to Amy Zhong at amy@theparkcenter.org with subject title: “[Last Name] Program Assistant Application.”

What 2018 Brought Us — CCAI Circle 2018

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Our 2018 CCAI Circle Newsletter is finally out!  Read about all that 2018 brought us and learn about some exciting new happenings that 2019 has in store for our community! China’s changing policies, CCAI’s Eastern Europe and Taiwan program updates, amazing family stories, MyTaproot birth family search, our new The Park Adoption Community Center — It’s all here!

https://ccaifamily.org/Newsletter/Circle/Circle2018.pdf

Georgia Tech China Care Club

Did you know that Georgia Tech’s China Care Club provides activities for adoptive parents and their children every month?  Their mission is two-fold: to give special needs Chinese orphans the opportunity for a better life and to empower youth through direct humanitarian service.  Individual China Care clubs host regular playgroups for adopted Chinese children and their non-adopted siblings.  Some clubs may even offer mentoring opportunities.

This month, Georgia Tech China Care Club will be hosting another playgroup on Sunday, March 11th, from 2-4 PM in the Center Street Activity Room. They will be watching an episode from a well-known Chinese cartoon and then teaching the kids lessons from the cartoon.  If you would like to RSVP, please follow the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnuKkO5rpmJCxTmfL7ap1PfKCMEE-tVkYfStc5wdO4PQGfBA/viewform

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

CO Gives Day goal reached

WE DID IT! YOU DID IT!!

With your passionate giving, we received an incredible $29,600+ in donations from #ColoradoGivesDay alone, beating last year’s numbers by over $10,000!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of our overwhelmed hearts, for choosing CCAI as one of your charities to support. In this season of giving, we know how tight money can be. Words cannot express our gratitude for such an amazing turn out!

Please continue sharing your CCAI stories with friends and family. As the year wraps up, we hope 2017 continues to shatter records in our passionate mission to support our families and the children still waiting for their own forever families.

Thank you.

Colorado Gives Day is Here!

Colorado Gives Day 2017

Today is the day!

Colorado Gives Day has arrived! No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in Colorado Gives Day and make your donation go further.

We would be honored if you would keep CCAI in mind when making donations through Colorado Gives, today. In our 25 years of service, CCAI has strived to provide a legacy of vital and unique support for orphanages, children, and families in our adoption community and beyond. This has been possible solely due to the generosity and passion of our donors.

Colorado Gives Day is a day that gives back to all the non-profits in Colorado. Every dollar you give goes further on Colorado Gives Day. For every donation, First Bank matches 10 percent up to $1 million!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible $15,105 on Colorado Gives Day! Visit https://www.coloradogives.org/index.php?section=organizations&action=newDonation&fwID=27901 today and help us make an even bigger impact this year!

So, invite your friends, invite your family, invite that stranger you met at the grocery store…invite everyone! With a little help from our friends, thousands of children’s lives will be changed for the better, forever!

Thank you 🙂

Adopteen Summer 2017 Recap

Adopteen’s 2017 summer programming closed out last weekend when both the Adopteen Wilmington leadership team and our Zhuzhou AGBOST landed home safely.  This year was an overwhelming success, and the summer passed in a whirlwind of beautiful memories and amazing new friendships.

Adopteen Colorado Camp-Conference 2017

In June, Adopteen came back to Colorful Colorado from June 21st-25th after a gap year in 2016.  Though it was our 6th (!) conference in Colorado, it was our very first time in downtown Denver, and we had a blast!  The highlight of camp was absolutely exploring 16th Street Mall, and packing every camper into a couple cars on the train to get there.  We also visited Water World, took part in some late night team competitions, cheered on our camp leaders in an…interesting…eating competition, and took part in workshops such as Adoption 101, Dance, Self-Confidence, and so much more.  We packed our Denver schedule full to bursting, and are so grateful to every camper that stuck it out with us and enjoyed every minute.  In all, Adopteen Denver brought us 74 campers with 12 camp leaders, representing 19 different states, 20 birth provinces, and 2 birth countries.

Adopteen North Carolina Camp-Conference 2017

July brought Adopteen Wilmington, with 70 campers and 8 camp leaders, representing 23 states, 15 birth provinces, and 2 birth countries.  In Wilmington, we had the chance to visit the beach and boardwalk area, as well as to explore downtown after an amazing ghost tour.  Though it was rainy most of the time, the area decided to give us a reprieve just in time for the last day of camp – our beach day!  We had an amazing time, and cannot extend enough thanks to the fantastic team at UNC, our local volunteers, and everyone that came – it’s always hectic bringing everything that we do out of state, and our team in Wilmington knocked it out of the park!

AGBOST Yueyang 2017

Of course,we would be remiss to not mention the entire month that Amy spent in China!  2017 was the first year that we have had two summer AGBOST trips, and as ever, it was an unforgettable experience.  Both trips were in Hunan, the first at Yueyang Social Welfare Institute from 6/28 to 7/8 and the second from 7/12 to 7/22 at Zhuzhou Social Welfare Institute.  Our travelers (48 total, with 18 from Hunan!)were amazing, embracing the call to service and together this year’s AGBOST brought in over $20,000 in donations for the Yueyang and Zhuzhou orphanages, which will go towards large capital improvements for the buildings.  Our travelers in Hunan became best friends with every kid they worked with, and we couldn’t possibly be more proud of them. (Check out the end-of-the-year CCAI Circle Newletter for more photos!)

AGBOST Zhuzhou 2017

Thank you to everyone that made our Summer 2017 such a success – we really, truly, could not have done it without each and every one of you.     In all, we met 129 new friends, while 83 of you decided to join us yet again.  We hope that every single one of you will hang out with us again in 2018, when we will celebrate our TEN YEAR anniversary.  Look out for announcements on our upcoming programs in October!  We miss you all and cannot wait to do it all over again.

~ Your Adopteen Team

Thank You CCAI Volunteers!

A huge thank you to all CCAI volunteers!

Volunteers have played a crucial role in the founding, growing, and success of CCAI since 1992. Today there are thousands of volunteers across the state and in several countries that are helping CCAI materialize its mission by giving their time and talent.

On April 22, CCAI had the opportunity to honor nine CCAI Volunteer of the Year who were nominated by the entire staff of CCAI. They are Claire Deskin and Felirose Dolor who serve on the leadership team of Adopteen, Karen DePriest for her tireless fundraising effort to support Lily Orphan Care Center, Rolland Douglass and Jackson White for supporting our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, Jean Rohrbach for her support in CCAI reaccreditation effort, Moya Smith for her leadership in operating the First Hug, Sandy Schwedt for her involvement in CCAI reunion planning, and Blair Whitaker for serving on CCAI’s Executive Board.

Congratulations to all the Angel of Love award recipients!

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CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!