Hiring for Temp. Event Planner

Job Description

Friends of Little Saigon is looking for a Temporary Event Coordinator to provide planning, implementation, and on-site management of the Celebrate Little Saigon (CLS) event. This is a contract position from May to August 2015 with a flexible schedule, ~10-15 hours a week.


  • Work and schedule meetings with FLS/CLS Planning Committee to plan and coordinate event
  • Negotiate the type and costs of services to be provided, in line with event budget
  • Assist with fundraising efforts
  • Book entertainment, vendors, and other activities
  • Oversee work by contractors
  • Coordinate logistics (supplies, materials, equipment, schedules, etc.)
  • Maintain social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, WordPress)
  • Assist with recruitment and management of volunteers
  • Complete necessary accounting and invoicing at the close of the event
  • Help develop relationships with businesses in and around Little Saigon
  • Additional responsibilities as required


  • Attention to detail
  • High level of communication skills
  • Good organizational and time management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Social media savvy
  • Culturally competent
  • Able to negotiate, delegate, and work under pressure
  • 3 + years of event planning and coordination experience
  • Fluency in Vietnamese is desired but not required

To apply email resume to friendsoflittlesaigon@gmail.com titled “CLS Event Planner”. For further information please contact Quynh Pham at (206) 838-8715. Application will close on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Placemaking: We’re doing it too

Placemaking Chicago is one of many cities taking a people-centered approach to planning, design and management of public spaces. Put simply, it involves looking at, listening to, and asking questions of the people who live, work and play in a particular space, to discover needs and aspirations. This information is then used to create a common vision for that place. The vision can evolve quickly into an implementation strategy, beginning with small-scale, do-able improvements that can immediately bring benefits to public spaces and the people who use them.

Placemaking in Seattle’s Little Saigon

Working with SCIDpda, Department of Planning and Development (DPD), and the UW Dept. of Landscape Architecture, community members are gathering together to define neighborhood assets and needs in relation to neighborhood identity, urban planning, parking, and economic development. Through this process, we hope to

  • Increase community capacity
  • Create a strong vision for the future of Little Saigon
  • Develop recommendations and strategies that may be implemented by the community over time
  • Apply for funding to implement projects emerging from planning process

Some of the current project ideas are around neighborhood identity and cultural awareness:

  1. Decorated crosswalks
  2. Banners and signs on light poles
  3. Public art: sculptures, murals
  4. Park, permanent and/or temporary


Interested in being a part of the process? Want to lead your own placemaking project? Contact us at friendsoflittlesaigon@gmail.com to join the next meeting.

First Days Story Project

StoryCorps is coming to Seattle at the end of February to record the stories of Vietnamese Americans in our community – its part of their First Days Story Project, leading up to the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. 

Right now StoryCorps is recruiting interview participants, the format is simple: a 40-minute uninterrupted conversation with a family member or friend, with questions/prompts provided by a StoryCorps facilitator as needed. This is a great opportunity for intergenerational conversations, shared memories, questions you’ve always wanted to ask, stories you want to pass on – and so on!

Dates are February 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2015 (Thursday – Saturday). There are six interview slots each day. Please contact Tran Vu if you have questions or would like to sign up: tran_vu@wgbh.org / 617-300-5963.

Chinatown-International District 2015 Kick-Off!

Seattle’s Chinatown International District organizations have worked together to bring you the C-ID’s 2015 Kick-Off! Come to this open house to mingle, celebrate the Nagomi Tea House‘s Grand Re-Opening & the neighborhoods accomplishments as well as identifying needs and opportunities for the community. This event is open to everyone! Enjoy complimentary beer, wine, & appetizers as you chat, listen, & learn about what has been done in 2014 along with discussing what can and will be done for the year of 2015! We will have both Cantonese and Vietnamese translators there, hope to see you there!

Place-making with Little Saigon

Join the Little Saigon Neighborhood Planning Committee and the Department of Plannin and Development (DPD) on “place-making” in Seattle’s Little Saigon!

A neighborhood meeting where you can give your input on urban planning and design, most importantly a way to improve and reinvent our public spaces. There is a vast amount of potential that we want to capitalize on as resources come in to support future projects. A few of these discussions will be about neighborhood identity, urban planning, parking, and economic developments.

Next Meeting:
Monday, December 15th, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Nisei Veteran’s Committee Hall

For more information please contact Quynh Pham at (206) 838-8715 or quynhp@scidpda.org

Cleanup Little Saigon!

Help the Cleanup Little Saigon project by donating to support cleaning services for 1 year! The goal we are striving for is $6,500! Services provided will be litter pick-up on the sidewalk and parking lots as well as graffiti removal up to 8ft along 12th Avenue and South Jackson Street.

Your donations will be greatly appreciated and by donating you will be part of helping the community have a clean and safe neighborhood to be in, increase the number of customers because of a cleaner and safer environment, and bring awareness to the community about sanitation.

Free Dental, Vision & Medical Care

Key Arena at Seattle Center is offering free dental, vision, and medical services from Thursday, October 23rd to Sunday, October 26th, 2014.

All are welcome, patients DO NOT need ID or proof of citizenship and there is no advanced registration, first come, first served. You can go in for a cleaning or filling, get your eye exam and free prescription glasses made, or even receive flu vaccines or chiropractic care. Interpretation services will also be available to assist patients throughout the clinic.

For more information go to www.seattlecenter.org/patients

Community Taskforce Combats Food Stamp Fraud


SEATTLE, WA, OCT. 8, 2014 –The Chinatown/International District is taking back their neighborhood and educating the community about the impacts of food stamp fraud

As a vibrant commercial district it is not without any urban social issues – drug dealing, burglary, etc. Neighborhood business leaders and organizers work tirelessly to address safety issues at hand, specifically identifying Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) formerly known as food stamp fraud as one of the main sources of all these safety concerns.

There exists a perception that food stamp fraud is a victimless crime. Yet, what people may not realize is that food stamp fraud attracts other forms of public safety concerns, and garners negative attention to the community.  Little Saigon, Chinatown, and Japantown businesses and community activists are banding together to take action against the growing number of food stamp fraud cases in their neighborhood.


Members of the taskforce include neighborhood business leaders, the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority, Friends of Little Saigon and many other organizations. The goal of the taskforce is to educate the community through a campaign around food stamp fraud.

Recognizing that food stamp fraud is not an issue unique to this neighborhood and exists citywide, the informational graphic produced by the taskforce will help extend this information to a broader audience – local businesses, patrons, and visitors.

The uniqueness of this campaign goes beyond its multi-lingual approach; it is a great example of a grass roots effort driven by individual members of the community wanting to cultivate a sense of ownership in their neighborhood.

Call to action

The info graphic illustrates four basic ways to detect food stamp fraud. You can help prevent crime by visiting www.friendsoflittlesaigon.org and educate your neighbors about fraud and crime prevention for a safe and healthy neighborhood. Together let’s stamp out fraud!