EXPO Helps Families
On June 30th, PCDC held 2018 10th Anniversary EXPO at the Chinese Christian Church & Center. Forty exhibitors presented to the Chinatown community on topics like early childhood education, senior care services, immigrant and refugee social services, and public health. Several exhibitors also prepared a variety of activities for EXPO attendees, including primary health screenings (Drexel Family Medicine), dental screenings (Penn Dental), Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), a fire truck exhibit (Philadelphia Fire Department House of Dragons), and bike testing (Indego Bike Share).
PCDC also held a recycling bin distribution, giving one recycling bin to each household free of charge. In addition, exhibitors presented workshops on “Benefits for You and Your Family” (Community Legal Services), “Preventive Care” (Hahnemann Primary Care), “Tenant Rights & Responsibilities” (Community Legal Services), “Common Income Tax Issues” (Philadelphia Legal Assistance) “Healthy Homes” (Energy Coordinating Agency) and “Homebuyers & Renters Assistance” (PCDC’s very own Wendy Lee), enriching and empowering the attendees with vital information for being effective self-advocates.
Once again, PCDC distributed ‘passports’ to all attendees, on which they collected stickers by visiting exhibitors’ tables, participating in workshops and activities, and completing cleaning surveys. They then redeemed their stickers for raffle tickets, which they could use to test their luck on prizes such as tickets to see the Phillies, Bluetooth speakers, gift baskets, and a pair of eyeglasses with a complimentary eye exam.
With 265 participants, this year’s turnout was the largest to date for PCDC EXPO. Such a large scale event would not have been possible without the hard work and support of our 55 volunteers and staff, who handled setup and clean-up as well as language assistance and activity management. PCDC would like to thank its volunteers along with the Chinese Christian Church & Center, the exhibitors, the door prize donors, and all attendees for making EXPO 2018 such a great success!