There has never been a time in our State and City when uncertainties about the future of nonprofit service organizations have hung heavy over all of us.
We happen to live, strive and operate in a place that is counted among what are known as Sanctuary States and Cities.
If we must be alert to looming challenges so that we can sustain our mission to serve the most needy and vulnerable in our community, we have to initiate ways to acquire resources ourselves. The fate of funds that support nonprofit human and social services for needy seniors and marginalized families could, in our time, be challenged and placed at risk.
On this premise, we address this message to all civic-hearted sectors and folks of the community. IDIC as a 43-year old family center has a mission that states:
“We are a Filipino non-profit organization that provides advocacy in healthcare and social services to vulnerable elders and immigrant families.”
The International Drop-In Center (IDIC), a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, is conducting this raffle under Washington State Gambling Commission License #02-20744 to raise funds for ongoing charitable purposes. The Rules and Regulations of the IDIC Raffle are set forth below. By purchasing a raffle ticket the purchaser agrees to be bound by these rules and regulations. IDIC's interpretation and application of the rules and regulations shall be final.
The Grand Prizes Drawing will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Beacon United Methodist Church community hall, 7301 Beacon Avenue South, Seattle, WA. 98108 or at any other fitting venue to conduct such an event as determined and set by IDIC. An independent raffle auditor will supervise the drawing of all prizes which will be open to the public. Winners do not need to be present to win.
Chances of winning are based on number of tickets so...
Through the kindness and generosity of civic-hearted entities, IDIC has been gifted with two vehicles to enhance the elderly members’ mobility around town and assist in the operating staff’s continuing need for transportation. Through the intercession of community advocate Frank Irigon, King County Councilmember Rob Dembowski
sponsored the awarding to IDIC of a 7-seater van formerly owned by Metro Transit. This maroon van now serves IDIC members whenever they need to be brought to places or to go a-visiting their favorite recreation centers. The van is also used by IDIC staff for the nutrition program, food bank and for other official travels around town.
The other gracious donor to IDIC is the Beta Sigma Fraternity – Northwest USA. The fraternal organization, led by Grand Princep and IDIC Board Member Dr. Nic Panlasigui early this year donated a mini-bus that seats 14 passengers. It has been repainted to reflect IDIC’s corporate colors and signage is currently being finalized while addi...
They helped make our center a warm, family-oriented and friendly place. They joined us in joy and laughter, in sorrow, in pleasant events and they made us think. We look at the beloved folks we lost this year as we bid them an affectionate farewell. Commander Amador M. Montero
When you think about this leader's contributions to the cause of his comrades who have come to America for the sake of their families, you will likewise wonder how perceptive he was in his decision to return to the land of his birth. He had decided with his beloved wife Pining to return to Davao for the remainder of their lives. One of his daughters had shared that as he was on his deathbed, he had opened his eyes when he sensed that the daughter was conversing with IDIC staff in Seattle. He mouthed the words: "...Tell them... thank you for everything..." Commander Montero's wife Pining had preceded him on the final journey
a year earlier....
One of the last two remaining heroes of WWII's daring Great Raid, Lt. Benito Valdez, passed away peacefully at 2:08 PM on December 2 in Seattle.
Lt. Valdez, a member of the IDIC and an officer of the Filipino War Veterans of Washington (FWVW) will be remembered for delivering a stirring 6-minute testimony before the U.S. Congress. He had earnestly campaigned together with his aging comrades in Washington DC for the much-delayed war service benefits promised them.
Lt. Benito Valdez and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in Washington, D.C. (2007)
He is survived by his children and grandchildren who are, because of his determined campaign, now new residents of the U.S.
The Great Raid was a celebrated commando operation that freed 650 American and Canadian Prisoners of War (POWs) from an enemy concentration camp in Cabanatuan in Central Luzon.
Lt. Valdez, a true patriot and authentic hero, was 92.